It has been a while since I've been at cyburbia, but I have a question to ask of my fellow planners. I since graduating with a Masters of Urban Planning back in 2008, I've done 1.5 years worth of college/business improvement district internships, 1 year of grant writing at a CDC, and 1.5 years of working for a 1 million plus city as a Redistricting Coordinator/State Legislative Coordinator. In my current position, I do a lot of work with federal and state agencies and officials, and have had a lot of fun. I'm getting a pay raise this October, and really like my colleagues.
This past week I got a job offer to work for the Planning Department in the same city. The position is for a general planner that does current planning, specifically working on zoning issues for Historic District, Neighborhood Stabilization Overlays, and Conservation Districts. I've heard good things about the current planning group, and I'd get the same level of a pay raise if I took the job.
I'm a bit undecided about whether to take the position. I went to school for neighborhood planning and demographics, and I've never really had much interest in zoning issues. However, my planning friends across the US really recommend taking the position if only to get some good zoning experience, saying that it is a highly marketable skill. My wife and I don't planning on moving anytime soon, but eventually I'd love to move back to the Midwest. My long-term career aspiration is to work as director of a community or college research organization that does demographic analysis.
Does anyone have any thoughts? Should I enter zoning land, or stay in the land of intergovernmental relations? Thanks for the feedback!