I know this may sound like an odd, and some might think stupid question,
but do you all feel that the profession provides opportunities for planners to interact with one another , and other professionals or citizens, on both an official and social level?
The reason I ask is b/c I have been in a field where I have essentially been locked in an office or cubicle to work on things for weeks and even months at a time, only to come up for air from time to time to interact on a very dry level with others for official, as opposed to social reasons.
In relative terms, does planning provide opportunities to mingle more with interesting colleagues...beyond cyberspace of course. Do you actually have planning friends, or at least friends that you have met through your work in planning, that you enjoy hanging out with, perhaps even outside of the confines of work? What areas or aspect of planning afford such opportunities to meet and interact with interesting people? Thanks!
As a follow up, what have your experiences been in terms of social interaction and what area do you work in? What areas, endeavours, jobs etc might one avoid in order to avoid becoming socially isolated? Thanks again!