May 7, 2012 1:47 PM Subscribe
I'm looking to make the jump from the public sector to perhaps a career in urban planning. Can you share your experience with me?
posted by timpanogos to Work & Money (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Right out of college I was offered a position in the legislative branch and have worked in the same office almost five years. I'm feeling the itch and have covered transportation, business, infrastructure, and municipal issues for the office I work in during that time.
As I look ahead to the future I would like to work for a city or maybe a small county and I could either get an MPA but super wonky policy kind of bores me. I like to get my hands dirty, talk to people, and get out in the community. I wonder if an urban/municipal planning master's degree would help me get there... either working for a firm or working for a city as a city planner working on transportation and RDA projects.
Has anyone made this jump? Would you advise against it? Do you love it? Do you have it? I'm not super math oriented but I can hold my own. I have street smarts and am good on my feet. Just wondering if I want to devote 2 years to something I may already have the skills for. Thanks.