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cmstudent

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Hello All,

I am a senior in the Construction Management program at Central Missouri State University. Although I love my major, through some of the curriculum here I have discovered the discipline of Planning and have fallen in love with it- so much that I would actually transfer to a planning program if I wasn't already almost done with my current major. I am hoping to get some advice from some experienced planners out there. Is it possible to get into the planning profession with a degree other than Urban Planning, Public Admin, Geography, or the like? Could I do it with my Construction Managment degree? My interests lie in revitalization, land use, and preservation. Grad school for planning is out of the question for now, but I would like to someday on a part time basis while working in that capacity. What do you think? Is it feasible? Can I get anyone to hire me?? Thanks in advance for the advice.

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cmstudent

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P.S..........

Also, in addition to the question above, if the answer is "yes, of course you can be a planner", my next question is: how do I get there from here???

cmstudent
 

GISgal

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Yes, its possible. I had a math major who worked as a carpenter, an IT major, and several other outside the few programs you mentioned in my Master of Urban Planning program in Milwaukee.

If you are truly serious I would suggest:

-finding an internship in Planning prior to applying for grad school to see if your love affair really works.

-getting yourself some experience in the Construction Managment profession. You'll work with a lot of developers and if you know their side of the story you get gain thier respect and cooperation as a planner.

-research programs in Urban Planning. Find one that suits your interests and has faculty that are accessible. Make it a place you want to spend your money.

Hope this helps.
 

green lizard

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My question to you would be "What part of planning did
you fall in love with?"

There are many different roads in the planning area.
Here are a few:

City/county planning
Transportation planning
Planning for private development
Site planning
Economic planning
Environmental planning
many many more......

Each has it's own special set of expetise.
With your degree, and a little bit of experience you could
probly fit into site planning, urban design or private developer
planning. But as with anything we love, how far you go and
for how long is up to you.

(Disclaimer: this advice is the best I can do. You should seek
the advice of someone who probably knows more or Miss
Cloe on the phycic frends network.)
 

cmstudent

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Thanks, but again I ask....how do I get my foot in the door somewhere? How do I get into the profession?
 

donk

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If I had you background I would apply for entry level jobs that are heavy on the plans / project review items (gov't jobs). From there you will be exposed to what a planning office is like and might get to work your way into other aspects of planning (revitaliztion studies etc) Also depending on your education inspection or enforcement jobs may be the way to go.

You could also try to get work with a bid -build firm and work on basic project management with other team members to get teh expereince you need to see if you want to go back to school.

Hope these ideas help.
 

H

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cmstudent said:
Thanks, but again I ask....how do I get my foot in the door somewhere? How do I get into the profession?
Run while you have the chance my friend!!

No really, go to your (a) local agency and see if they take volunteers, this way you can see what takes place. If they don’t, they probably will at least show you around. That is how I got involved.

Plus go to your local commission meetings, you learn a lot. (the first couple of times).

Many jobs hire without a master’s, but I found my master’s planning program extremely valuable. You might want to consider one.

Good luck and may god have mercy on your soul.
 

Tom R

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advice

"Plastics!"

No, really, go after a saleble skill such as GIS is addition to your main interest. It may get you through doors that are otherwise closed.
 
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