Big City vs. Small Town: Which Is Better For Me and My Career?


“Is it better to work for a company in a large city for a couple of years with competitive pay and, if I don’t like it, move back to a smaller city? Or would just starting out where you want to live and stay there be better?” 

“I think it all boils down to experience. Moving to a larger city for a job with a competitive pay will give you a completely different experience than a smaller town with a basic salary. As a recruiter, I look for candidates who have life experience as well as work experience. Everybody is different and there's no reason why you can't build a great career in a place you see yourself living for a long period of time. But if you're asking what I would do? I would take the risk. Remember, observe the masses and do the opposite. Do what scares you... that's when the exciting stuff happens.” — James Caan.

“There are things you should consider before location and compensation when applying for jobs. The most critical part of entering the workforce post-college is gaining relevant experience. I would recommend focusing on the jobs that will pave the path to your ideal career long-term, and what potential companies you would like to work for first. Location does play an important role in personal happiness, so focus on that next.”— Molly Moseley.

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