I'm writing this post mainly to see if many others in the profession have experienced similar destitution while searching for their first "real" job. Here's my story...
I recently finished my master's degree (MCRP) in May of '08 at a decent program in the mid-south and have moved back home to St. Louis to look for a job. Having interned in both municipal planning and non-profit community development during my tenure at grad school, I felt that I have at least some quality experience to bring to the table.
While looking in both the St. Louis metro area and the Twin Cities area, questions began to pile up that left me wondering why I still don't have a job. The job market for planners seems so flooded that I can't even land an interview for many entry-level positions, especially those over 500 miles away in the Twin Cities area. Is it just a bad time to enter the field, or is it always this tough to get that first job?
Other larger metro areas like the Twin Cities already have quality planning programs in the area - will municipalities and firms in the area just draw from the local talent pool to stock their agencies?
I've got a few connections here in St. Louis, but not much compared to the network I had established while at school. Is it all about knowing the right people?
I'll leave it at that before this rant wanders too far off course. Just wanting to get some feedback from others in hopes of easing my mind and maybe getting a few tips on what helped fellow planners land that first job.