I am starting this thread to hopefully gain some knowledge on what real skills and knowledge one should have entering the field. I realize that there are many ways you can look at it, and even the position of planner can differ across jurisdictions.
Ideally this thread can be used for those with planning experience to share what they wish they knew, or what skills they wish they had honed, and skills they are glad they have and how they apply to the real world of planning. What can those of us that are coming into the field, or hope to do so shortly, do to make it easier for consistently good planning to exist. (and hopefully gain entry into the field)