My peeve is that burn-out in this profession can happen so quickly! I've been working as a planner for about 3 years and I have learned that the practice of planning bears no resemblance to what is taught in graduate school. I think most planning departments are looking for people who can expedite the approval process rather than plan for the future of the community. I find that I am getting really bored with the whole process. Creative thinking is not encouraged and is often discouraged in local government.
Maybe that is why so many planning graduates are now opting to work for private firms?
If I had known what the profession is really like, I would have opted for law school or an MBA program instead.