I recently completed my Master's in Planning and have been on the search for jobs in Western Canada for the past three months.
I've been working off the usual job boards out here (CIP, PIBC, AACIP, CivicInfo etc.) but this is my first sojourn into the planning market, so I lack a reference point. How is the job scene at the moment? Good, bad? Normal?
There seems to have been a fair number of positions over the past three months (but again, I have no reference) and I've applied for about 16 entry-level planner I and planning tech/assistant jobs throughout BC and Alberta. I wasn't gunning for anything above my weight class...although the tech positions are usually reserved for the diploma guys. Not one interview.
Fair enough...I'm a typical newly-minted planning school graduate with limited experience (and I went to school out East, but I'm from BC)...but to be honest...I would have expected at least one interview...especially for some of the assistant jobs.
Anyways this leads me to believe...
1. There are a shit-load of unemployed and freshly graduated planners in BC gunning for a tiny number of positions.
2. I'm presently worthless to municipalities/firms
Any similar experiences?