I'm finishing up my planning degree (Masters) in May and will be moving out to Los Angeles shortly thereafter. This isn't so much a choice given that my wife just landed a good job there and has mobilized us to move (just in case someone wants to say -- don't move there!!).
I'm wondering what the job prospects are out there? I'm not going to be particularly picky; I'm more than willing to work in the public or private sectors. I'd like to be involved in land use or transportation.
More about me: getting a masters in Urban and Regional Planning was basically a career about-face for me, so I don't have any professional experience per se. That being said, I've had two internship experiences (one in the planning office of a ex-urb city, and the other with a regional non-profit transit company). Additionally, I've had studio experience through my program, whereby I've worked with clients representing counties.
Also, my degree will be from Virginia Tech. Does that put me at a disadvantage, perhaps competing with candidates who have planning degrees from west coast programs? I thought there might be "spin factor" there where I might be able to represent a "different" candidate than they usually see, but I could be wrong.
Any thoughts/comments/advice would be much appreciated.