I am a corporate sponsored student from Japan. My sponsor covers my tuition and I am obligated to work for the sponsor at least 5 years. Before leaving Japan, I met my HR manager and signed an informal contract that states my obligation last for 5 years unless I pay back all the cost to study here in the US.
I believe the contract is based on mutual agreement between the sponsor and myself, and it actually allows me to quit the current job as long as I can pay back all the cost.
Since we have a mutual agreement, is it still ethical for me to search for a new job?
I feel that this would fail the generalization test, because if everyone decided to seek a new job, then companies would stop sponsoring their employees to study abroad, and therefore I would not have opportunities to study abroad with sponsorship.
Contributed by HH.
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