I'd appreciate some advice on a dilemma of mine. Advice from those in hiring positions would be especially helpful.
I currently have about one quarter of school left (in the Fall) before I get my BA in Urban and Regional Planning. I have a Govt minor.
If I take Summer school and have a busy schedule all of next year, I can get a certificate in GIS through the Geography department and graduate in Spring of 2009. I can also add on a Psychology minor.
I currently have an internship that will keep me in town for another year.
Right now, I figure I might as well go after the GIS program. I have nothing to lose since I'll be here for the internship anyway, plus I won't have to start paying off student loans until I actually finish school.
My question is does the GIS certificate hold any weight in me getting hired? There is no nationally recognized certificate in GIS; it is merely through my schools Geography department. However, it is a year long program and I can give it a Planning emphasis.
I know it is a tough question to ask and there are tons of other factors when applying for a job, but this sounds like a good plan, right?