Well I am almost done with my joint planning master's degree and transportation engineering (really its planning).
I am early 30's and worked previously as a business analyst, I am facing three "problems" now:
No jobs-I did my homework when I went back to school and it seemed people with this joint degree in past years had multiple offers from my school. Now I can't even find an internship
I am getting married soon to a lovely lady who has a good job (which is a good thing) but I can't move now in my job search (We will be living in the Bay Area the pool is large here)
I am not sure I am interested at all in current city planning even if a job came up and now that I have this transportation specialty the feeling might be mutual.
Some alternatives in planning (to transportation) that I am interested in are redevelopment agencies and economic development agencies as a project manager. I like the big projects in places like San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose that they manage with the financial component. How hard are these jobs to get as a planner? I feel I have become very specialized already just in school. At least in SF I know the project manager is different from the planner. Knowing what I know now I think an MBA or a MPA would have been a better bet if this was the real direction I wanted to go in plus I would now have way more flexibility
And how long do I give this? I can't wait forever to make this happen and can't be very low paid. At what point do you just give up and try to go back to what you once did?
I guess this is a ramble but I am not feeling to good. Knowing it isn't me but the economy helps a little but one downside of being older when you enter school is your conception of work changes easily when you decide you want to start a family.
I feel really boxed in with this planning degree and student loans are due soon