I am starting a Masters of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) program at Georgia Tech in a few weeks, and am very excited. While I know planning is the right career path for me, reading threads about the tough hiring market do give me a healthy, reality-based viewpoint. I am not sure what the job market will be like when I graduate, but I am not holding my breath for a sharp recovery. In fact, I feel there is a chance that there may be a major macroeconomic shock that may adversely affect the planning job market.
Given I am preparing for a hiring market that is similar to or worse than the one we see today, what can I do to prepare? How can I make the most of these two years in a way that potential employers respect and make me stand out from my peers?