This is my first time posting. I recently discovered Cyburbia and am glad there's such a site to learn from.
I'm in a career transition currently and am considering a couple of Masters programs in Urban Planning--one at the University of Utah, the other at the University of New Mexico.
A degree in Urban Planning seems to be quite versatile, which I like. Besides being a city planner, there seem to be quite a few career paths open to individuals with a degree in UP. I have a friend who's brother is completing his Masters in UP at the University of Utah, and he's not even going the city planner route--he got some GIS classwork under his belt and is doing GIS work for a city there and seems to be enjoying it. I'd like to hear from other on this forum the different directions, perhaps even unexpected, that they've gone since graduating.
Also, what type of person will be most successful? Personally, I'm an ENFP (for those who are familiar with that personality type), and I've learned from experience that I do NOT do well in jobs that are nothing more than boring, repetitive, mundane tasks. I need to be in a position where I can creatively generate new ideas, implement them, and deal closely with people. I'd like to hear from those with experience what type of person YOU feel will best succeed in such a position.
One last thing, I understand that getting GIS experience in school can open a lot of doors. Have many of you found this to be true?
Thank you for your feedback and wisdom!