I graduated in 2009 with a bachelors degree in urban planning and another in geography. Since then, I only managed to obtain two jobs. The first was at a law firm as a file clerk, where I was laid off after 3 months. The second I'll be starting Monday as a legal assistant for my county. Both of these jobs have nothing to do with urban planning or geography. I'm still in search for an urban planning and/or geography related job (GIS, et al), though they are difficult to find and obtain. I was wondering if it would be a good idea to create my own projects to work on to stay up to date on the subjects and the city/county, etc. Or would that be a waste of time? Would volunteering or potentially working on the weekend be a better idea to have so as to have some sort of record of this?