I'm not sure if this belongs in this thread. It's both a student and a career issue.
Today I handed in my final assignment in my graduate program today. Although I can't say that I passed all of them, I'm confident that i'll graduate. So as of now, I'm supposedly an Urban Planner because the bare minimum requirements allow me to call myself one I suppose.
I'm not feeling a sense of accomplishment really. I've been trying to get a hold of some form of entry level job. Yeah, I know the economy blows but I figured if i tried hard enough and was persistent I would have a good chance. But still to no avail..hopefully that will get better.
But thinking right now, I'm actually confused as to what planning really is....and how to even plan for it. It seems like I know a little about of a lot of subjects. And after going through interviews and talking to real practitioners, I feel completely inadequate in any subject they're talking about. Sure i'll throw in some keywords like Smart Growth, and SB375 or how tedious CEQA work can get just so I don't sound completely out of the loop. Yet, I'm sure they can see through it. So really, I wonder if I accomplished anything but learn a few jingo words I could have learned from google.
I'm just extremely confused...I should be happy that I finished grad school but its not really coming.
Has anyone felt this?