I am considering a career in planning for a variety of reasons, but I'd like a little input from people more familiar with the area (you guys).
I have a M.A. in History and am having trouble finding work. Lately I've been intrigued by the way cities and infrastructure are planned and started considering a career in planning.
Of course, having already gone through an MA program, I'm not eager to do it again. Is a Master's necessary to finding work? I know in the History field it's all about reputation essentially, but planning seems like it might be more of a "Show me what you've done" sort of field, allowing a bit more flexibility.
Is there any alternative to a Master's? Could I at least find an entry-level job with a certificate? One college near me offers one and American Public University does as well.
I'm not against the idea of getting a Master's, but I'm 26 and stuck in a rut. I live in an area with no economic activity. I'm stuck in a retail job. I can't even seem to find any non-retail jobs that will hire me. Even moving to another city: if it's not a museum job (non-existent almost) it's just another retail job. And I can't afford an expensive move just for another retail job. I need to get the heck out of this rut and I think a career in planning would be an interesting career, but am obviously attracted to a more immediate solution.
Any help you could offer would be appreciated.