In 2009, I graduated with a Bachelors of Urban and Regional Studies, with hopes of someday becoming a bona fide urban planner. I had an internship that lasted one year, and then an "AmeriCorps" position that also lasted one year. Since then, I have been working at a pizza shop ever since. I applied for 5 different grad schools to get my MURP, and got accepted to all 5 schools. However, in my job search, I haven't come across a single job with the word "planner" in it, and very very few jobs looking for somebody with an urban studies or urban planning background. I'm pretty sure that I won't be going for my MURP after all. And after reading "The unemployed planner support thread" on this forum, I'm seriously having my doubts about the future of planning altogether.
Quick side story: My ex-girlfriend hasn't even graduated college yet, with a sociology/psychology double major, but she has already been offered a job at a domestic abuse center FT at $16/hr. I would kill for that kind of opportunity! Not that I'm jealous or anything , but this is really making me reconsider my field of expertise.
So, my questions for all of you are:
I'm still young, so I don't feel hopeless. But I'm not feeling very good about this 8-month gap in my resume... and it's only growing. Any stories or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
- Has anybody gotten their Bachelor's in a planning-related field, but gone on to do something totally different?
- Has anybody lost their faith in planning and decided to "re-specialize" themselves in a different field (like human services)?
- Has anybody done something non-traditional with their planning education, such as starting a non-profit or something like that?