Let me just preface this thread by saying, I will want to delete my account at Cyburbia after this post. I will no longer contribute to this message board after this post. Whoever is administrator here, please go ahead and delete my account upon noticing this thread.
With that said, it's time to be flat out honest because since my account will no longer be active after this thread, I'll just say whatever I want. You can't be afraid to accept reality as it comes, you have to be a realist. Locking a thread because it does not fit the mainstream opinion of this message board shows the arrogance of the administrators, and shows the apprehensiveness of whoever does not agree with me. Truth is, planning is an asinine profession. It doesn't take reality into account. It just takes what people want to see, regardless of feasibility, and wastes time, money, and effort. It would be a waste for me to spend 40 years of my life in a profession that did not fit where I wanted to be in my life. Planning is not it.
The fact I even have to say this shows that if you're a planner, you're afraid my opinion is detrimental to the profession. It should be. I should be noticed. I got tired of wasting my time looking for work that never came. It was not because I wasn't capable of being a planner. I probably am more capable of being a planner than most people here. I recognize reality. I don't discredit someone else's opinion. I am willing to listen, even if I disagree with you. That is how you learn. If you aren't going to listen to others, and listen to their opinions, you just contribute to the problem. This doesn't mean you to accept blindly someone else's way of thinking.
Another reason why planning is asinine. I subscribed to NCplan listserv, per the suggestion of many people here. I just saw today about someone concerned with bees and apiary regulations. Why are we concerned about bees? Or regulations about them? This is an utter waste of time, and only exemplifies why I left the planning profession. I want to actually do something worthwhile, and not something that can be considered a total waste and doesn't provide any benefit to humans whatsoever. Another example about goats and pot belly pigs? Come on now.
I am exposing a large problem within planning. I am not trolling. I shouldn't have to say this. I don't want to. But, it has become me that has to. I WILL NEVER AGREE THAT THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTRY LEVEL PROFESSIONALS TO FIND JOBS IN URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING. You can write it down, lock it in a safe, and throw it overboard in the most remote parts of the oceans on the planet Earth. No one ever gave me a reason to believe otherwise. I am not afraid to say what is on my mind, even if the ultimate consequences are not good. I believe in something, and that is more important to me than any profession. I will not sell my soul to planning, if it didn't do anything for myself.
Next, there were no reasons given of why planners have been so unprofessional with me. I wonder why that is? Maybe because most planners who post here are afraid to speak ill will of their follow colleagues. That is okay and I understand that. But there is no excuse for not hearing back, there's no excuse for lies, there's no excuse for leading people on. That is just common courtesy to say, you just weren't the best person for the job, instead of letting of someone sit and worry after continuous follow up messages. If you don't believe that, I can't help you. It is something that should be mentioned, something that should be put in the spotlight.
Although I never attacked anyone personally here, I was given harsh treatment here. Saying that something was "wrong" with me. You can say whatever the hell you want about me, but it shows your ineptness when it comes to judging people you don't even know. I will be the one who has the last laugh. I am young, decided that planning wasn't right for me, and left. I praise God that I left when I did. Many people, including some here, told me to leave quickly. I couldn't have made a better decision. Planning is for fools. People who want to waste their time chasing unrealistic goals. It's too liberal for me.
So many issues exist in the planning profession, it would be a waste of my time posting all of them. From education, to the APA, to the AICP exam, to actual practice. Planning is a profession that should be exposed as ridiculous. I want to reiterate it. One day, people will look at planning and say, he was right. I don't see long term growth for planners.
According to the occupational outlook handbook, the demand for planners is allegedly going to grow at a pace slower than average from 2014-2024, at a rate of 6%. Accept reality everyone! Entry Level jobs aren't there, and internships don't count! Maybe senior planner jobs, but the entry level jobs are limited. I haven't seen many in the recent past. Just accept it. It's time for you to move on to bigger and better things than attacking someone who has an opinion that you may not agree with.
So with all of this said, I must bid you all a farewell. I have come to grips with reality. Planning is not for me. Not because I couldn't make it in planning, I certainly could, maybe even more so than anyone that reads this. It's because I want to move on with my life in a new direction, which I have done. I am excited for this new direction. But, this post was necessary to show everyone that it is not just fun and games. You can't just discredit someone because it didn't happen to you, or because you didn't see it happen. As I have said, I want my account deleted. It's because of the arrogance that has been shown by professionals who blindly follow the planning profession, and will into oblivion. Planning will be obsolete one day. I hope it is. Replaced by something that is more realistic. Something that is not concerned about pot belly pigs within city limits, or the amount of beehives someone can keep. Worry about those things on your own time. Worry about things that will actually benefit humans. Worry about population projections. Worry about what will bring people jobs via economic development. Worry about where you'll place residential units. Don't worry about pigs in city limits.
Good "riddance" to you all. I did know what the other word was by the way. You might as well should have just said it. I am not fazed anymore by words. I've conditioned myself to have thicker skin. Enjoy your lives, as I know I will moving forward. Good luck.