Hi all. I'm a first year urban planning student at a university which does NOT insist that all students select a specialization. This seems odd to me considering the other planning schools I looked at advised all students to select a specialization (like a major) though they were all URP schools and the one I am with now is UP only. At first I thought of this as a positive because I am not entirely sure what I want my focus to be yet; I am interested in a schizo-like wide range from sustainability to economic development to social issues and have even considered taking a more research oriented route. At the same time, it seems like there's an advantage to having a specialization because companies or municipal organizations will be more inclined to hiring someone who fits a specific need that they have. Is it true that having a specialization with your MUP gives you an advantage over a general-interest route?
I am also continuing with a GIS course and considering the certification. It seems like this might open doors.
Any input? Thanks.