Hello everyone, this is my first post!
I just graduated from college with a degree in Sociology. I want to get a masters in urban planning eventually, but I want to work for at least a year to save up some money, and also take the (new) GRE.
Like most people, I am having a tough time finding a planning related job. I'm in New Jersey, but I'm willing to commute to NYC or relocate if necessary. I think I'm finding it especially difficult because I didn't major in planning in college as it wasn't offered.
I am currently interning (unpaid) at an engineering company learning ArcGIS and AutoCAD. However, it's pretty unstructured and I feel as though I'm not learning a great deal about either and am often given office work as opposed to being given time to work on learning GIS. Would I be better off getting a paid job that isn't planning related and taking a GIS and/or AutoCAD class at Rutgers or another nearby college in the fall? Or should I just stick it out here and see if I can master the two programs?
Also, does anyone have advice on finding a planning job even though I wasn't a planning major? The closest thing I have to urban planning experience was working in Atlanta during college doing some research on low income housing for the Atlanta Housing Association of Neighborhood-based Developers (AHAND). I'm interested in housing and transportation as of now.