I've recently started looking for jobs outside of Chicago. Having looked around a bit, I'm now weighing the pros and cons of going somewhere else. Namely, downstate Illinois.
- I'd be a lawyer.
- I'd get experience.
- I grew up downstate, so it wouldn't be that bad.
- I have family ties down there, so, arguably, it would be easier to find a job.
- I'm sure, in time, I'd be able to develop a pretty good practice down there.
- Starting salary is about $35k/year.
- Let's face it, if I start working downstate, I'm probably going to be there for the rest of my life.
- Downstate sucks. If you're starting a family, fine, it's an awesome place. I have no complaints about growing up there. However, as a guy in my late 20's, downstate would fucking blow.
- I'd need to buy a car and someplace to live. Neither of which I can realistically afford.
- Having a job that I hate, in some podunk town in downstate Illinois is definitely not how I saw my life going. In fact, I never even realized it was going to be an option.
It's pretty even, I guess. Except that, if I end up working downstate, I'm definitely going to need to add some numbers to the depression scale.