I graduated (Undergrad) this weekend with a BA in American History and Minor in Urban Studies and Planning. I've applied to many entry-level jobs already (not all broadly planning related)...but I'm not getting anywhere. While I want to go to grad school, I want to work first. Any advice on what to do? I feel like I'm not even on the ladder... but instead have to climb another ladder just to get to the ladder...
I have decent GIS skills. My last student job involved GIS work and I was able to sign up for several ESRI online classes through work. I plan to work on these this summer as I continue applying.
Other than the GIS, I don't have work/intern experience in City Planning although I have completed several practical/community-based projects for courses. A part of me wonders if a volunteer internship might be in order for the summer (while I look for a full-time position). My parents will support me until August so, on one hand, I _can_ try to do that... but on the other need to be making money on my own to save up and begin supporting myself more fully. I am able to keep my health insurance as long as I work no longer than 30 hrs per week.
For those of you who did not go straight to grad school, what types of jobs did you take after undergrad?