Graduated with a BS in Geography with an emphasis in City and Regional Planning in April 2008 from Grand Valley St. University (Michigan).
Interned in a paid position my final semester with a small, private land use consulting firm owned by an adjunct prof I had in school doing site plan reviews, staff reports, revising a master plan, some data analysis, amended a zoning ordinance or two, and conducted some mini-studies.
Continued the internship from April 2008 until August of that same year. My parents had to move out of state right after I graduated leaving me behind to live with a friend. Despite the generous hourly pay and a second job I still couldn't make ends meet (gas had hit over 4.00/gallon at that point) and had to move to Ohio with my family. Since then I've been working at a Kroger just to pay off what few bills and get health insurance.
I've had several interviews, mostly in the public sector, and even was short listed and even asked back for second interviews a couple of times but never was offered the position, some of which I believe ended up going unfilled.
I'm still looking for that entry level, foot in the door type of job that I can at least make a basic living off of, even outside the field, but have had no luck. I can barely find things to apply for let alone land an interview. As I continue to job hunt I've considered going to grad school (Ohio State) and have even applied, I've also considered taking a GIS course or two at the local community college. But both of those would cost either some or a lot money and I'm concerned that such an investment will not end up paying off.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.