Pros: autonomy, experience, value in the community, multi-tasking in various departments, traveling to extensive seminars, culture.
Cons: government acronym memorization.
Multi-tasking with multi-departments was interesting and upward mobility was ever-present. I was basically autonomous so earning that privilege and responsibility allowed me to be creative and "think outside the box."
I discovered millions of dollars of redundant grant monies -- that was just a computer glitch. A new database query was formed and the county and state benefited. Community education – more... concerns were managed on a daily basis -- from crime prevention presentations, to emergency preparedness procedures.
The hardest part of the job was learning all the government acronyms and memorizing them.
I learned to write press releases and polish collateral materials with different software on a hands-on basis that I would used to delegate and train and manage staff in the future.
I enjoyed the job daily -- unusual occurrences or emergencies happened frequently and I fine-tuned my leadership skills. I was able to exercise my copy editing and writing skills and enjoy interacting with grass roots organizations. – less