I'm from the US and went abroad to the UK to study and graduated with a BS in Geography and Environmental Management (honors) from the University of Bradford. I went there because through research I found that they do environmental studies very well and I found out that I want to be an Urban/Environmental planner. However, I just graduated and find it difficult to get a position as a planner so far (in the US).
My concentrations were in urban planning, regeneration, conservation, environmental impact assessment, planning policy guidance and human geography. Is there anything wrong with why I can't jump into a planning position? From what I understand there is are associate, assistant and senior level planners. Do I need an internship first? Is there anything wrong with a degree from the UK? I went because I thought it was better for the field. I used to be a computer programmer before for 7 years but I don't have relevant vocational experience. Is there any advice on how to get into the planning sector, it's my vocational focus (and i want to further my education in planning. should I focus on ACPI certification?). I thought bringing the environmental factor to planning, along with the architecture and engineering was the way forward. I can use any advice.
Thanks in advance for your time,