Hello everyone, this is my first time posting in this forum so I apologize if this is not the right place.
This summer I am taking classes at my school, UVA undergrad, and working part-time, and I have been taunted by what I want to do after graduation. I am majoring in American Studies and minoring in Urban and Environmental Planning. I have a good overall gpa and my best grades have been in my planning classes. This summer I had trouble finding internships because my major is so broad that it was hard to explain what I was studying and what Urban Planning had to do with it. (I definitely can explain how I've linked the two but to employers it didn't seem satisfactory). Throughout college I believed that my "dream career" would just come to me, but as graduation is getting closer (I just finished my third year) I have realized that what is important to me is having a guaranteed job in a field that I enjoy. I can definitely see myself working for housing authorities, a local government, or a non-profit in the planning field. Yet, after my internship woes, I've realized a graduate degree is necessary for a position in urban planning.
Basically, I am...for lack of a better word...scared that I am already thinking about grad school. I am only 20 (I skipped a grade) so I know that I am very young. I just don't know if I should go ahead and pursue a grad degree in planning or if I should wait? Money is an issue for me, so the sooner I can get a paying job the better. Just with my undergrad major, I do not think that I can get a job straight out of bachelors. So I'm kind of asking opinions from those with experience...how you knew you wanted to go into planning...when...and how you did it