As I'm imagining various futures for myself in the planning field, I'd like to toss out a variation of the public sector vs. private sector query:
What are the pros and cons of working for a small municipality, where likely a small planning staff juggles several roles, versus working for a larger city within a larger planning department?
As someone who has lived in fairly large cities my whole life, I am particularly curious and daunted by the idea of working in a smaller town where everyone knows me, especially in a role that is fairly public. Is it ever possible to separate the on-the-job self from the private self? Can you get a beer without feeling like you're being watched? Must one give up snarkiness permanently?
However, in larger cities,. it seems some level of specialization is required to advance one's career. Personally, I like the constant challenge that comes with being a generalist. (I like to dive into a subject and get all geeked out, but ultimately I get bored and want to move on).
Thanks for your thoughts!