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    Options with a MCP other than planning

    I just graduated from Penn with a MCP, but I am having serious second thoughts about entering the planning profession. Any suggestions as to what one can do next with a MCP that is not public planning, planning consulting, non-profit planning, or urban design? Will having a recently minted MCP look well on my resume even when applying for non planning related jobs?

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    Quote Originally posted by PennPlanner
    I just graduated from Penn with a MCP, but I am having serious second thoughts about entering the planning profession. Any suggestions as to what one can do next with a MCP that is not public planning, planning consulting, non-profit planning, or urban design? Will having a recently minted MCP look well on my resume even when applying for non planning related jobs?
    You can generally find work as a developer with a masters in planning.

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    Various non-profit organizations

    Various non-profit jobs that require a Master's, but not a specific one. Organizations dealing with any "urban issues": poverty and homelessness, economic development, some direct social services, workforce development. It depends in part on what sub-specialty you had in school or other jobs- obviously it helps if your coursework included policy work rather than strict planning stuff.

    Good luck!

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    Maybe you should hit the library (or bookstore) and look for books like "Do what you love, the money will follow" and "Do what you are" (I think that is the title of the excellent book on Meyers-Briggs Personality Type and career). My sister always told me I was an idiot for not getting a degree -- ANY degree. She has always quoted statistics to me about the percentage of folks working at a job that has nothing to do with their major. And some mention was made recently on a gifted list of folks with Phd's in ...whatever obscure science....owning a coffee house and similar "odd" career choices that made them happy.

    If you want to do something else, the question should not be "what can I do with this degree?" but "what sorts of things would I LIKE to do and how do I get there from here?"

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    How about journalism? A lot of journalists seem to go the other direction and become planners. Or university administration?

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    You spent all that $$$ on Penn and you're having second thoughts? Sellout. J/king. Congrats, congrats! What did you study as an undergrad? That info would help a lot. I'm having second thoughts myself, I have a BS in geography. But I want to get my options open, which is why I studied geography rather than planning -- I have too many interests to over specialize. Furthermore, I'm looking into getting a JD and/or a MS Economics b/c they're flexible degrees. You might want to consider getting a certificate, such as one in public admin. Do you have an interest in public admin or public policy analysis? Certificates in this field compliment MCPs extremely well. Just a suggestion.

    I've been thumbing through the BLS site. It might help:
    http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco1002.htm

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    Quote Originally posted by Follow the $$
    How about journalism? A lot of journalists seem to go the other direction and become planners. Or university administration?
    There is a reason why so many journalists become planners. Usually when we get tired of the long term unemployment.

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