First off, I've been reading these forums for quite some time now and have found them to be a very valuable resource, thank you to everyone who contributes to that.
Currently, I'm finishing up an undergraduate degree in geography with an emphasis in planning and will be graduating in April. This past week, I was offered a job doing GIS work with a local commercial real estate company. I have been told that when I graduate, it will turn into a full time position. They have never had a GIS department before, and want me to start things up for them. The pay isn't great, but isn't bad either.
Basically what it comes down to is that I am quite certain planning is what I want to end up doing. That being said, with the way the job market in the field is currently, what do you think is the better option? Getting a year or two of experience doing GIS work in the real estate industry and then perhaps going for a masters in planning, or going straight into a graduate program? I enjoy working with GIS and certainly wouldn't mind doing it for a while, but as I mentioned earlier, planning is what I would like to do long term.
So, what do the people of Cyburbia think? I would love to hear actual planner's opinions regarding how useful this experience might be for a future planning career and also whether it would be wise to turn down a good job offer in this economy on the hopes of going to grad school and landing a planning position.