I graduated with a masters in Urban Planning, and hoped to land a planning job at a city in California. However, due to the economy, I ended up settling for a full-service environmental and engineering consulting firm (private) as an environmental consultant, "project manager." (btw- my boss was generous enough to give me a good title for a person with only ~2years of experience. Will the title benefit me in the future in getting hired for higher positions?)
I wanted to ask whether the work I do: Property Condition Assessments, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) , Phase II ESA, Transaction Screen Assessment (TSA), Seismic Risk Evaluations, and Geophysics,
will help me to stay in the planning career route in the near future. My dream is to work at a public sector as a planner eventually, and I don't know if I should keep looking for beginner public planning jobs or stay with this company and gain more experience. Are these type of experience something that will be overlooked by city planners when hiring? Also, would this experience count towards the experience requirement for AICP test?
Any help or advice would be much appreciated!!