I am interviewing for my first "real" planner position. They called today, and I am interviewing tomorrow (yikes!).
Up until now, I have held several internships, all in the private sector doing GIS, economic and market analysis. I am currently interning at a public sector redevelopment agency, but not doing very "planner-y" work (mostly property acquisitions and grant writing). This planner position is entry level, and not a lot of experience is required aside from a basic understanding of urban planning.
Here are some buzz-words from the job posting that have me wondering what they are looking for in an entry level position:
1. Research & Analytical Methodology
I can think critically, identify issues and stakeholders, consider alternatives and make recommendations, do they want to know more than that?
2. Statistical Techniques
I have taken one statistics class in my life. I can understand what numbers mean and how to apply them. But am I supposed to know advanced statistics like regression analysis?
3. Architectural and Site Design Review
As an entry level, non-designer, I am familiar with different approaches to urban design at the macro and micro level; TOD, TND, New Urbanism, Smart Growth. Is this sufficient?
Thanks ahead of time for the advice!