Raf, thanks again.
I wouldn't say I'm getting totally turned off by the private sector.
If anything I'm getting more confused because some aspects of what you are saying sounds appealing, others sound like they could be challenging.
At the same time, if the work itself is something I like, it makes it almost worthwhile.
Some of the things you described I'm having a hard time determining if they are planning specific or if just depends on the firm/company/boss you have.
For instance, I probably would feel tremendous pressure if I had a boss who was constantly looking over my shoulder.
I also would feel uncomfortable if I was in an environment where I couldn't do my work without constant interruptions either from people or the overall environment had sensory overload (constant chatter and phones ringing).
I would be comfortable with a boss that tended to delegate and let you do the work on your own with interaction and supervision as needed.
I'd also be more comfortable where I could have more privacy and quiet, less disruption, as I work.
As far as teamwork goes, I prefer it where I have space and privacy, but am not isolated and have to have constant interraction.
So from the teamwork you described it sounds better, where each person has delegated responsiblities.
I don't know, what do you think of all this?
I'll ask for clairifcation
You keep referring to CAD. The aspect of planning which interests me is the creation of something tangible, the design aspect. However, as I have said, technical subjects are my weakness. I am not an engineer and GIS was the hardest class I ever took, it was really painful and by the skin of my teeth I eeked out a B.
I guess I'm asking a two parter
A. Is there an aspect of planning which IS more like my interest of being able to create/design something tangible?
B. If so...what and where? Public/Private...Regional/Transportation?
C. How much of a technical person do you need to be? Do you need to almost be an engineer to do what I like to do...or if not what are your options and how hard a time/learning curve for me would you expect?
2) Predictable Hours
In your experience did planning have generally set hours or was it hectic with a lot of overtime pressure and a heavy workload?
3) Public Private
What exactly is the difference between public and private planning?
4) What kind of private planning did you do? Residential developement? I used to in my spare time do a lot "road doddling" and often I still am fascinated with the design of major roads, like highways.
I read a lot for pleasure about big highway construction projects and like to observe the process and designs.
Do you think transportation planning MIGHT be a fit...or is the interest I have....design/creation/tangible/sim-city...just too technical?