Hey all! As I finally sit down to work on my grad school applications that are due in less than a month, my lack of previous planning experience on the resume is really making me second-guess my decision to do grad school next year.
I'm graduating with a B Eng in 2008, and I have what I'd like to think is a fairly strong application package overall, but my civil engineering background doesn't exactly mesh too well with my interest in physical planning and design. My meagre border-line planning experience involve a summer university research internship, a short period of public space advocacy, and a thesis project with Toronto Regional Conservation Authority on policy development for sustainable industrial zones.
My main concern is what kind of jobs I can expect to get as an undergrad B Eng in the planning field, especially ones that relate to physical planning. My one classmate who took a year off to work in a planning consultancy (IBI) ended up spending the year designing traffic loop detectors, and I'm loathe to get myself in that situation for one year.
So before I ramble any further: what kind of planning jobs are out there for non-planning undergrads? Do you recommend working for a couple of years anyway even if the job doesn't exactly "mesh"? Would grad schools look upon my lack of planning experience as a "immaturity problem"? (I'm turning 22, pretty young for grad school by all accounts) Any input will be much much appreciated.
(p.s. many people also warned me that having gotten a job straight out of undergrad they found the Yuppie lifestyle way too comfortable for them to even think about going back to school again. not a risk here I hope but who knows, those blackberries do look kinda cool sometimes)