hello everyone. im 23 yrs old attempting to get my BS in architecture and environmental design. im what you call a "late bloomer." i didnt know what career to get into untill just recently, and i am still finding out that theres EVEN MORE about the planning career i dont know of. to start, i have to admit that my grades... are average. im striving to change that by the time i receive my degree. and thats another story!! i began my college career as a ATHLETE-student. i initially declared my major as sociology, and im now realizing... I SHOULD HAVE NEVER CHANGED MAJORS!! lol. but to make a long story short, i was ill advice in which classes to take and i myself was not motivated and focused enough in my academia to notice... until recently. ive realized that i have only 4 classes to take until i receive my degree, but the dilema lies in that i cant take them all at once. i HAVE TO take them by the semester in which they over it... and they are prerequistes for the next!! yea i know... DILEMA!! but not really. im taking it in stride and i realized that it gives me time to get internships and to research my career even more. i wanted to go into local/state government but i noticed that it was more political than i cared for. so im thinking of the private sector. ive been in school since 2002 and like i said before, i was also an athlete and i never had the time to take up an internship. ive recently closed that chapter in my life and want to get the ball rolling... late but u know the saying "better late than never!" my grades arent something that any emloyer would see as a qualifying attribute, but i do have a GREAT personality. i gave been and currently am employed but not in my field. but my employer(s) will tell you that i am orgazined, i am determined, a great multitasker and have a "go getter" attitude. i am also about results, I LOVE TO WIN, and i am BILINGUAL! something that i want to always use. I am hispanic and i want to be a part of my hispanic community in the planning field.
well, i mostly started this thread because i want to know the skills that i should "sharpen and acquire" to make myself more marketable. how do i go about getting internships, and unfortunately because of my circumstance, i cant afford to take unpaid ones. what private sectors should i research to get more defitnition and guidance into what i want my career to be? i should go on to say that i like residential community development(sustainable), transportation planning (sustainable), and redevelopment (sustainable). im going to school in maryland and i would appreciate any responses especially those that are from the mid-atlantic region. but ANY response at all will be GREATLY APPRECIATED and well absorbed. i know i said a lot so.. LATER!! lol.