I have enjoyed reading many of the comments in this forum and I hope that the posters can help answer some questions for me. I have been working for a non-profit agency as an urban planner for eleven years. However, the agency is undergoing a change in direction and directors, leading me to the conclusion that my time here is soon to end. Faced with the possibility of aggressively seeking a new job, I need to determine how difficult it would be. Thus, I am seeking answers to the following questions:
1) I have been working with ArcView GIS 3.3 for the past four years. Should I consider taking classes to become familiar with the latest GIS software or will my current understanding of the program be enough for consideration in a future job search?
2) I have eleven years of planning experience, focusing mostly on socioeconomic research, writing land use plans for neighborhoods, and generating GIS maps for non-profit agencies. Should I try seeking entry-level positions (and compete with recent graduates) or aim for mid-level positions (and risk rejection for not having any counter experience)?
3) Having turned 40 last year, will my age be an asset (experience / maturity) or a liability (seeking fresh faces)?
4) My current job (eleven years) has also been my only planning job. Will this been seen as a liability (not enough experience or diversity in planning)?
Any help that you can provide in answering these questions for me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks