Well, I guess the title explains it all, sorry if it's kinda long winded. Here' kinda the low down.
I've been out since getting my master's for almost a year. That's after working two years in the construction industry with a degree in architecture and construction. Although I am predominantly looking in the public realm in Texas (Dallas, Houston, Austin) area (mostly due to family/personal issues). I have had many wonderful opportunities (20+) to interview with and have made it to the final cut in all but two cities.
Now here's where I'm beginning to have the problems. I lost an opportunity for my dream job (in terms of beginning a career). I really wanted to have this job and really did my best. However, I beginning to ask if my best is not good enough. I've had two interviews since my second round of interviews this past Monday and I have one this coming Monday. But I find myself more and more wondering WHY? now. WHY go to an interview and then expend so much more energy and money filling out other information and making more travel trips for secondary interviews just to be told that for a "entry level" position that the candidate chosen was a person who had two years of experience from another city. I've even reapplied for the same position to a couple of cities after the person didn't work out and haven't heard from either. So who ever said that cities like people who are interested by reapplying and such, well, I've had the reverse happen.
Currently, I am waiting on at least three cities to make their decisions. Had I gotten this past opportunity, there would have been no question, but I know me. I know I am hard working, I am dependable, honest and responsible. I know that I would do the best job I can, isn't that all that anyone can ask?
What concerns me is that I was talking to a planner that graduated one year before me, and he mentioned how many of his classmates weren't even doing planning. I must say, I'm looking towards that direction. It kills me. I love the idea of planning. I love working with people, working on development and transportation to find good solutions that actually work.
I've been trudging along and keeping at it. I know some how, whether it be through religion or etc, that something was coming soon and I thought that information yesterday would have been it, but again, I'm going to be facing new graduates soon. Should I worry more? Please help, any stories, advice and/or antedotes to help get over this hump??
I would be a great appreciation from a person attempting to start his planning career. I apologize if it sounds like a rant, but I am concerned.