So I'm a predicament where I have to decide between two job offers and need some help on trying to decide which to choose.
The first is an Application Technician position for the Committee of Adjustment, case managing minor variance and consent applications for a very large city and one that I would love to work at. However, it is a 6 month contract position with a very good possibility of becoming permanent since the turnover rate is very high for the position. My potential boss mentioned that they need people for the long-term since people in the position move on to become Planning Assistants and Planners for the city. Its also a very stressful job, hence the high turnover rate but was told that this is a rare opportunity for external applicants since most of the hiring with the city is done internally. The 6 month contract could be used to test me out, see how I'd fit before joining the union or I could be out of a job within 6 months.
The second job would be working as a Planning Assistant for a tribunal that resolves land use disputes and other municipal matters for the Province of Ontario (people from Ontario would know the place I'm talking about). I would mainly be case managing files that have been appealed. It would be a permanent position, but $10,000 less in salary than the position with the city. However, I would rate stability considerably higher than a more desirable salary considering any salary would be better than potentially having no salary after 6 months. If the contract ends without renewal, it may give me the opportunity to travel around the world which is something I would really like to do before I get any older. The possibility of going back to school to do a Masters next fall has also crossed my mind on numerous occassions. I would also like to do this before I get any older.
My deciding factor would be based heavily on the whether the job would open up opportunities in the future. Now the Planning Assistant position would enable me to learn a variety of different legislation in various contexts and provide me with a greater understanding of provincial and municipal policies in general. This would also be a very unique opportunity to look at planning from a different perspective. The Application Technician position would be more hands on in my opinion, but at the same time more narrow and focussed on particularly the Committee of Adjustment. I am 25 and have been working as a Planner for a small town (my first planning job) and don't exactly which position will be a "better" opportunity. The more I think about it, the more undecided I become...