This summer I did a couple of projects for a nearby town planner's office.
While I enjoyed my boss, I do not think town planning is for me.
It was not just the obvious....the high stress/unbalanced schedule/interacting with people....it was also the work itself.
I found town planning for a New England town to be a bit different than what I hoped.
It was more nuts-and-bolts dealing with permits for adding decks to the house, and making changes to the zoning code.
I have a desire to do something where you can be more of a visionary, almost sim-city like, where you design and create something tangible and play around with different scenarios.
This was not the case as a town planner.
Now I am wondering, would it be any different if I were involved in regional or transportation planning?
Pardon the poor analogy....but I envisioned planning as almost like being a GM of a sports team...where you envision and construct a roster and get to play around with different combinations...sim-cityish.
As a younger person I often would like to as a hobby look at maps and pretend I was designing the major highway network for a regional metropolitian area.
To me, that was pretty cool and it felt like I was creating something tangible as opposed to just pushing paper.
1) I hope I am describing this in a way you can picture, because I would like to know if regional or transportation planning would be more like this.
2) Further...would my skill-set fit into this? Is the type of work I am describing something a non-quant planner can do...or is this something an engineer/architect/GIS guru does?
-I'm concerned that because I am NOT a technical person in terms of engineering/math/science/computers that the type of work, simulating designs/scenarios of how to grow/develope regional infrastructure would be above my qualifications.
3) Given that I am soon to began the final year of my program and am trying to figure a niche for my skills and interests, what do you recommend I do?
-Visit the University Career Center?
-Talk to my department?
-Is there an outside job coaching service that would be able to help me given my skills and field of study....I fear just going to the University they might not know much about planning....but if I go to the department...they might undermanned to help with my skills and shortcomings.