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.
powerplan said:Im not so comfortable with words like ATTITUDE, aptitude, or the concept of innate talent.
Afterall, look at all the Simcity "planners".
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.
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).