Hello all Cyburbians,
I'm a 30 year old software support engineer in the Atlanta area going through a "quarter life crisis". To make a long story short, I am interested in finding a way to transition into the planning profession, possibly in a GIS, economic development, or transportation planning role. Working in a sector that isn't offshoring outside the US and enables me to help shape the future of our communities is looking increasingly appealing.
Here is a little background on me ... I have 6 years of experience in the application software industry, which has become extremely volatile and less lucrative than when I started out in 1999. I have a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Computer Information Systems, and consider myself to be skilled analytically and as a writer and researcher. Also from working within a large organization, I'm aware of bureaucratic environments and the need to accommodate many points of view and sources of information rather than just pushing my own agenda. I've traveled to many areas across the US and have always been intrigued by their different development patterns and the policies (or lack thereof) that they've followed in their growth.
Does anyone have experience with Masters of Planning programs in the Southeast US? It would be helpful to know about the program's areas of specialization, research projects, internships, and post-graduate placement. I'm aware of many online resources but am interested in getting some personal insights. Other advice related to the planning profession in general would also be most welcomed.
Thanks for your input!!