This is my first post although I have been frequenting the Cyburbia forums for a while now. I have been researching and trying to decide if Urban Planning is a career path I should follow, and although I have been able to get so much info from everyone’s generous posts, it is mostly from an American view point and it is great that there is now an Australian forum as well.
I have a Bachelor of Business (majoring in Marketing and Business Psychology) and a Diploma of Project Management and have been working as a Market Research Analyst for a large TAFE institute in Queensland for the past 2 ˝ years. I have recently applied for a Masters in Urban Planning (thinking of specialising in Urban Design) at the University of Melbourne and I am now waiting to see if I get accepted to start in August. So as you can see I am pretty ready to get started on the path to this field.
Before I do take the giant leap and enrol (if I get accepted), I have a few questions that I would really appreciate if Australian planners could help answer.
I have read the PIA national inquiry regarding the critical shortages of planners and level of planners leaving the occupation due to stress, burnout etc.. My first question is – What are the most important personal satisfactions and dissatisfactions connected with your occupation or creates the most stress?
What word of advice (warning and encouragement) would you give some one considering entering this occupation?
How hard would it be for me to get a part-time job in Melbourne in the field with my current qualifications and experience while studying full-time?
I was looking to specialise in Urban Design as I have a need to be somewhat creative. Would a specialisation in Urban Design be enough to work in Urban Design? If not, how creative can the other “planning” occupations be?
I apologise for so many questions. Any positive advice would be much appreciated!