Ok, let's start with the most recent. I am set to start an online MPA. I am 25, with an actual savings, and willing to move anywhere. Now let's work backwards. I graduated in 09 from Cal State Northridge with a B.A. in Planning (yay low-tier schools). I did a 6 month internship with a county planning department, and since college I've been turned down for every single entry-level planning job in the greater LA, Ventura County area (big surprise, I know) Basically, my only real work experience other than retail is a long gig with a city library department (ongoing) and a short stint before being laid off in a library closure (long, complicated story last hire first fire situation) in a higher position before heading back to the other library. I've also failed to get any other public sector job I've put in for, either failing to make it through the interviews or failing to make it past the testing phase (appraiser technician and other jobs) My question is, should I even bother with the MPA? I really regret choosing planning. In some ways, I didn't choose it, I just didn't know what to study and it seemed like a decent option at the time. I know no one has the answers. But I'm just wondering if I should attempt to get an internship with or without doing the MPA. I've been told that there are questions of legality simply letting someone off the street perform an internship. At least as a student, I can claim some form of academic credit, and possibly qualify for some of the paid internships. Does anyone have suggestions on where to look or move? I will literally live anywhere, and I can't wait to leave California. I actually have a chance to move up to Oregon, but there too carries a lot of the burdens of CA. So, move, do the online Masters in Public Administration, try to intern? Move and try to get any old job I can snag. Stay and do the program while interning? I've even looked into the military, though that too has been greatly cut. I'm just lucky to be debt free, and with a savings. However, given everything, I'm questioning whether or not to do the MPA. Total cost would be just over 20k, and since the job prospects are slim, in planning or otherwise it could very well be a waste. On the other hand though, I don't have any experience in any fields other than, retail, libraries, and planning. Anyways, a happy new year to you all, any advice would be appreciated. Areas to move to, entry-level fields or positions for MPA students/grads, etc. I'm fortunate my parents seem to enjoy my company, but I'm sure they're more than ready for their 25 year old son to move out. I apologize for the rant. I'm tired and emotionally drained from what has amounted to beating my head against a wall for 3 years trying to get something, anything in the public sector. I figured maybe an MPA would help, now I wonder if doing this will just amount to a sizable donation on my behalf to the school.