I agree.bturk said:It's also a mind set. Even with the "proper training" some people jus tdon't see big picture items, or can't relate to "the public" very well.
As far as I know there are no public meetings with dozens of pissed off people, or stubborn single minded elected officials in Simcity. That is where the talent attitude and aptitude come in.powerplan said:Im not so comfortable with words like ATTITUDE, aptitude, or the concept of innate talent.
Afterall, look at all the Simcity "planners".
Yes, and even though there are great planners that do not have a degree in planning, the fastest and most comprehensive experience is a master’s program. I was going through the same problem about 3 year ago. Most people will let you volunteer, of course, but unless you are independently wealthy and can work full time, this can be a slow experience process. During school you will get a vast, intense and in-depth tour through the field and most schools work with hands on projects in their area or region. Also, many times, this organizational process will help you meet contacts that might lead to future employment.donk said:For expereince I would suggest doing volunteer work
As far as respected schools in your area, well, if a school is accredited then it is respected.
Don't pass over an "unaccredited school" without researching it.
Of course, I in no way was trying to insinuate that no unaccredited schools were good ones, of course many are excellent, just like there are many planners who do a great job that never went to school for planning at all. Mike is right; schools should be researched, accredited or unaccredited. The point I am trying to make, is that if a school is accredited then it has it’s ducks in a row and is most likely a respected school and a good place to start looking into (regardless of what one thinks of the APA).I don't know if the program I attended was accredited or not...It really doesn't matter. I had great profs. and no employer has ever questioned the value of the education I received.
dbhstockton said:I'm intrigued that so many have downplayed the importance of credentials. I'm new to this forum and just beginning to consider a career in planning. I believe I have the innate aptitudes requireed of the profession, but I'm stuck on formulating a strategy to "break in" to the field.
I'm 26 and I have a BA in History. I've been working in technology the past few years (which has helped me realize I need to be doing something I really care about and feel is important). I live in the New York Metro area.
I'd like it If anyone in this forum can help me, or point me to a relevant thread. What I'm interested in is what schools in my part of the country are respected, ways to gain experience other than interning, information on what the profession is really like, what's rewarding, what's frustrating, where to get more information (I've toured one school, read up at the local library, and have been trolling the internet -- I don't know any planners to talk to).