So, I've been unemployed for about a year. I've networked, had lots of interviews, done all the right things. I've focused on planning up till this summer when I started to panic. Since then I've also looked at jobs I could do based on past experience, before I went to grad school. Well, lo and behold, I quickly got an interview and an offer from a publishing company doing what I did prior to planning (market research and conference development) and which I didn't love. I still see some good planning jobs coming up, but the competition is strong and some of the jobs pay horribly. I think I need to take this job (it pays well and will be challenging) and look to get back into planning someday.
Has anyone been in this same position? I've got a Master's and 6 or so years experience. I have AICP and LEED AP qualifications. I feel a bit silly having spent all this time and money. I know for LEED, I can just keep it and not do anything- no fees. AICP will be expensive to keep up, but I don't want to lose the designation. What would you all do- keep paying the APA+AICP fees out of your own pocket each year? I think it'll be around $400. I recall reading that if you let it lapse, after 3 years you must re-test. Not an option! I've banked up two years of CEU credits. Or, maybe AICP doesn't even matter much?
Holding out for a planning job doesn't seem possible. I've got a mortgage, don't want to relocated, and this experience has been stressful! Thoughts? Thanks!