Hi, I'm at an important cross-roads right now and want to make some good decisions.
A recent grad with a Bachelors in Geography, and I want to get into Public Policy.
Do not have amazing cumulative GPA (2.69). Last 2 years is 3.3 .
My real goal is to get into Public Policy with a focus on Social Policy. What's the best route to get into this field, given that I also want to be pragmatic, in terms of gaining some financial independence after I graduate?
I was thinking that Planning would jump start my career more quickly, thus being able to pay off any loans, and start saving up to feed myself in the short-run. Then, working as a Planner, I would be able to transition relatively easily into Social Policy. If I go into a Master of Planning program, I would maintain a focus on policy and social issues, but with Urban Design courses on the side, and brush up on my GIS if I have time. Or should I just go straight into Public Policy?
I guess essentially what I would like to know is:
a.) How do the job prospects of recent Public Policy grads and Planning grads compare?
b.) Are there any good planning, policy, and design schools (that I have a chance of getting into)? What about just a good public policy program with options in social areas?
c.) Any info would be great help! Thank y'all!