Q: I'm going on the job market this year for the first time, with my shiny PhD degree from a mid-sized school in a mid-sized city in a pleasant and non-descript state.
My friends who are ahead of me, have made jumps to larger and MUCH smaller locales, and everyone seems dissatisfied. I grew up in a small town until I was 12, but have lived in a 1/4 million person population since. It feels "right" to me.
But with wide eyed optimism I'm trying to imagine the job search and its options.
Could any of your readers say a little bit about the shock to their system that moving to a much larger or much smaller locale had on them personally, and, if anything, how that affects the type of students one sees?