Hi, I'm an undergrad student majoring in economics. I'm deliberately avoiding urban planning major because I'm almost certain that I'll get a masters in urban planning and bachelors in planning-masters in planning can be pretty redundant. I had an internship with a local economic development agency and I realized that communication skill, both written and verbal, is single most important skill that any would-be planners should have. But other than that, people are telling me that basic knowledge of GIS and any modeling skills (econometric/statistical, geospatial, demographics) as well as understanding of public bureaucracy and policy-making process are important.
Besides above "generic" advice, what other particular advices do you have to give to an arpiring planner? And how important is public finance or general accounting knowledge when it comes to getting a full-time job in public or private planning agency? I know that a coursework or an academic major alone won't determine my career but I'm hoping to get some useful advice.
Thank you and have a wonderful day.