First and foremost, I wanted to say hello to everyone here. This looks like a great place to connect with many people in this field and genre of work.
I am in my first year at York University in Toronto, studying environmental studies looking towards a focus in management. I plan on taking this course to become an urban, or environmental planner in the future. This is career change number 3 for me, and I guess my fears of making this jump are as follows: I've done schooling for policing, customs and immigration, and mutual funds prior to my current enrollment. Additionally, I left an investments career in August to pursue this dream.
I'm curious to hear from people here on how they broke through into this field? This is from a work experience stand point. I'd love to be able to volunteer at a planning firm just to get a taste of things, and to start networking myself.
Secondly, is a bachelors degree sufficient anymore education wise? Or is a masters the smarter way to go?
For the experienced planners here as well, what portion of the job focuses on design vs the political aspect? I do love the idea of desigining urban areas, intensification, or managing greenspace, but do find the bureacratic portion to be revolting; I'm sure some people here have been jaded of the difference they wanted to make vs what they have been able to do.
Sorry for the winded post, just wanted to get all of my thoughts out in one go!