My recommendation - Obtain the experience.
Over a year ago, I graduated with a Bachelors in Urban Planning and immediately obtained a Assistant Planner position with a local planning agency. Of course, I felt extremely lucky because the competition is fierce. But, I had a 14 month long internship during college, which provided invaluable experience in planning. In addition, I have a second Bachelors in Public Administration.
Like yourself, I wanted to take a break from academics and wanted to gain solid experience before entering graduate school. I've only been a professional planner for short while, but the experience has been fantastic. It has provided a better understanding of the profession and the experience will be a tremendous benefit in graduate school.
In this short period, I have spoken to many planning directors from surrounding communities. They each believe experience is the greatest factor in hiring an individual, a masters degree is secondary. I guess my 14 month experience, combined with my dual bachelors allowed me to beat those students with Masters.
My recommendations is to obtain the experience; then obtain the Masters. Best of Luck
Originally posted by Urbain Planur