I have one stupid question for all of you.
I have long planned my future goal as an urban planner. I have one internship experience with planning agency and really enjoyed it. But as I'm turning a junior, I have to officially declare a major. I have an option of majoring in economics and taking additional statistics, accounting, computer science courses, or double majoring with urban planning and just forgeting about the electives.
When getting a job in either public or private sector, how advantageous is bachelor's in urban planning if I double major with economics? There seem to be many debates about whether master's in planning is really necessary if one already has bachelor's in planning, In theory, yes, people look at you as more mature, more intelligent person just because you have a master's degree, and this is true not only in planning but also in any other field. But in reality, if you already have a bachelor's in planning, wouldn't an advanced degree in planning be redundant?
My opinion is, master's in planning is more or less meant to make students advanced thinkers, analytic problem-solvers, and also to give necessary skills and knowledge to those whose undergrad degree was not in planning.
Let's say, you are a human resource manager at a large securities firm and reviewing applicants for financial analyst position. You narrowed down to two candidates, one with a bachelor's in accounting from Michigan, and the other with a bachelor's in economics from Harvard. Who would you prefer? And for that matter, do you think undergrad education in planning, which usually is domain of second-tier schools with an exception of MIT, will necessarily give you a leg up when you are competing with top school graduates for an entry-level planner position?
Also, if I just major in economics and then go directly to graduate school in planning with a hope of gaining an entry-level job after graduation, would that be a bad choice? Should I gain experience first, and then graduate school? Or Bachelor's in planning and no graduate school at all? I'm just so confused.