I've been reading through the posts on this board and I'm hoping that some of you will either have great advice for me or can at least commissurate with me
I just finished my first year of a planning program (at UT Austin). I initially was drawn to this field because of my interest in the built environment (though did not want to get an architecture degree necessarily) and my "planning/analyst" related skills gained from an engineering degree and 8 years in corporate America. My main goal with all of this is to get a fulfilling job where I am able to make a (positive) influence on communities - primarily aesthetically - I am very intrigued with the feeling of public spaces and placemaking.
After a year in my program, I am becoming more and more interested in design. I am taking a design class this summer that should hopefully give me some idea of my skills. My school has said that I can put together a joint program with planning and design.
My question is - is it possible to get a job (probably in the private sector, I'm guessing) with just a planning degree (but with some design classes) that will allow me some creativity and some responsibilities dealing with placemaking? Or should I go for a dual degree with Urban Design? At this point it's probably not an option for me to get an MLA.
I apologize for the overload of information - I am having a "why am I in grad school?" moment and I'm trying to sort through my career options!