Iíve been a full time planner for 4 years now, almost 3 of them have been in project development type positions. I run our agencyís EPA brownfields program, the rural transportation organization, assist with CDBG administration, ED projects, and SEPA/NEPA compliance issues. Before this Iíve had internships with neighborhood groups, a stint with the Active Army, and a brief six year career with the US Navy Reserves. I have been actively searching and applying for jobs across the eastern seaboard and I canít seem to get an interview for any of these jobs.
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So what this all boils down to is: Where do I go from here? My current workplace has become a hostile warzone. I know budget cuts are coming soon and I am the only non local that works here. My pay is somewhere below what a planning tech should make. Should I just hang in there and wait for the ax to fall? I'm sure I am not the first or only person going through this.
- Need Masterís Degree to be considered
- Under qualified
- Didnít graduate from <insert local university>
- Carpet bagging Yankee
- Southern backwards hillbilly (I do work in Appalachia)