Last edited by NHPlanner; 13 Mar 2009 at 2:57 PM. Reason: double reply
Im 24 and Ive been looking to start my career in urban planning for the past six months now with no good news in site. This is so frustrating, im so tired of being tired and having no luck finding an entry level job. I can't even land an interview! i just want to give up and hibernate until things get better.
I just completed, in November, serving the country doing more than 1700hrs of community service with Americorps NCCC, which is a 10month program for 18-24 year olds similiar to the Peacecorps but here in the U.S. I got to work in New Orleans and Biloxi MS building new houses and worked with Denver Mt. Parks building trails and cutting down dead trees from the pine beetles. It was fun and a great expierence that opened a lot of possibilities for me but the economy crashed just as I was ending the 10 month service and now im stuck. Before Americorps i recieved my BS in Geography, concentrating on Urban planning in May 07.
I was wondering if anyone had any advise for where to look for entry level jobs in urban/regional or transportation planning. My goal is to land an entry level job in or around Denver cause i fell in love with that area when i was living out there last year. Im particularly fascinated with their new Lightrail system being set into place. Ive been looking on APA and in the city of Denver with no luck, i even sent out my resume to every agency and company involved with the construction of the lightrail, knowone is hiring. The only jobs that I see are for mid-senior level positions, but I don't have the expierence yet to be qualified for those positions. How am i suppose to get expierence when very fiew are hiring? Does anyone have any advise?
Last edited by nfarnumplan; 13 Mar 2009 at 5:16 PM. Reason: adding more text
nfarnumplan, times truly are rough these days for those looking for planning jobs. Those of us lucky enough to have positions live in a state of constant employment anxiety. Good planners with years of experience are collecting unemployment. I'm an Americorps grad from a few years ago who managed to get into the field just before the drawbridge closed due to the economy. My advice to you is to build off of your AmeriCorps experience by getting involved with a neighborhood-based organization - there is surely one in your area who could really use your planning skills. Cardinal's advice is very good as well. It's all about positioning yourself to be in a good place for the eventual turnaround.
Part of why I took this position was because it was grant-funded for three years guaranteed (in a subject area that likely means it will be funded permanently under the leadership of either party).
"Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
- Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)
Florida is pretty much dead. The monthly Florida APA (March 2009) journal did not have ONE SINGLE JOB posted.
Friends in the planning and landscape field have been looking for six months or more and have been forced to find employment outside of the field.
just another example....every year my former school has a career day for the college of environmental design, last year there were 72 participating firms, this year there are 21, 3 aren't even conducting interviews at the event and only 5 are interviewing landscape architecture and/or urban and regional planning students
Alaska has, by all accounts, weathered the current recession fairly well--so far. But we're tightening our belts as government budget projections for the next few years, which were developed based on a high price for oil (the state's main source of revenue), are now projected to enter deficits in the near future due to low oil prices.
The last year is the first time our department has been fully staffed in years, and although the State has a hiring freeze on several departments, there are still five Planner positions posted on their web site, although this is a marked decline from just a year ago, when DOT alone had more planning positions open than that.
But if you can handle inclement weather and a rather large change from your present realities, check out http://alexsys.labor.state.ak.us/sai...sion=jobsearch and see what's available.
A perk that you won't find listed on any job description: I just watched a pod of Orca whales swim by my office. (I love Alaska)
Glad to see another couple of Cybubs carrying the grammar & spelling flag. Thanks.
Everything seems to be transportation related now.
I've just passed my second round of layoffs and survived. I still enrolled for my master's degree to reposition myself for a better job when the economy changes. When in doubt it may be time to improve yourself and not just hold a job.
In either argument, an ad hominem attack is a relatively low-brow advance. Be a grammar squadristi all you would like but nitpicking is not helping a poor desperate person. Perhaps you should correct his original post rather than following the "groupthink" of picking off outsiders.