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    New career direction

    Hello-

    Iíve been visiting this website for a while now and I promised myself that if I got into grad school I would reward myself by joining these forums. Well, happily, Iíve just been accepted to the Planning program at UAlbany (SUNY) Ė about which I am very excited Ė and now would like to introduce myself. I have a Bachelorís of Architecture from Syracuse University and have worked for a large architecture & engineering firm in downtown Albany for five years. (I am currently testing for licensure.) My interests have long been in ďbigger pictureĒ ideas, though, so I took some courses in planning and loved them and decided this was something Iíd like to pursue (which I am now doing, though only on a part-time basis because my family needs my income).

    As I donít know quite yet where Iím going, career-wise, nor do I have anything like a broad understanding of the field of Planning, Iím sure I will be asking innumerable questions! Thanks in advance for your patience.

    Rob

    PS I suppose I will wait until another time to get into listing my hobbies, favorite beers, favorite beer-related hobbies, etc.

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    Greetings from 127 miles WNW of you. Welcome, and enjoy. (The beer is in the fridge - help yourself.)

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    Welcome! It sounds like your next stop should be "The NEVERENDING Beer Thread"










    PS: I still don't really know where I am going. So why should you??

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    Welcome aboard. The best thing you can do while figuring out your direction is to keep learning about areas of interest. Good for you!

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    Welcome, Rob! (from a fellow UAlbany grad student!)

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    Welcome from the emerald coast of Florida.

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    Welcome from Chicagoland!!

    Architecture and Planning a great pair - you'll be very desirable to employers when you're done.

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    welcome
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    Welcome Rob from a UAlbany alum and fellow downtown worker...
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    Welcome to Cyburbia. Let me be the first to congratulate you on having a background in Architecture. You will find it has far more practical application to the field of planning than having undergraduate degrees in either molecular biology or parapsychology. Good luck. Post early post often.
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    Greetings and welcome.
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    Greetings from a Jersey Boy banished to the hills of southern Indiana. Best of luck in grad school and don't hesitate to ask questions, we'll be glad to help.
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    Thanks, everyone, for the welcome! It's surprising to see a couple of Albany folks here, in addition to another former Jersey boy - that's where I grew up as well.

    I hope to post some questions soon.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker
    Greetings from a Jersey Boy banished to the hills of southern Indiana. Best of luck in grad school and don't hesitate to ask questions, we'll be glad to help.
    What he said.

    Quote Originally posted by RSW
    addition to another former Jersey boy - that's where I grew up as well.
    where?
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    Welcome from the Canadian prairies!

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    where?[/QUOTE]

    Thanks again for the further welcomes. In regards to NJ, I grew up in Bergen County not TOO far from Radburn in a town called Ridgewood. I am hesitant to mention my hometown because it is now so wealthy and exclusive - but my family wasn't, and when they moved in (1970) families of modest means could still live there.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally posted by RSW
    As I donít know quite yet where Iím going, career-wise, nor do I have anything like a broad understanding of the field of Planning, ...
    Hey, we've all been there. I had a professor say that the average professional planner will have 3 or 4 jobs before finding the right career fit. I'm on my 4th job and it looks like I'll be here for the remaining duration of my career (I hope). Welcome, and remember the only stupid question is the one not asked (uh, or something like that).

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