As a one-time IT Consultant (Business degree), should I choose planning as a profession?
These posts (1
) have been real helpful, but I have some different questions.
When I was a kid I'd look up Census data at library and read Environmental impact statements on new Highway construction in my small town.
I’ve walked around most of the large cities in the United States wondering why they end up that way. Now I’m fascinated by how mass transit can (both positively and negatively) impact communities.
Because of these interests, the excitement I had when reading through Planning school websites, and the closeness of the APA’s ideal skill set
to my skills and interests—I feel that this is the perfect career for me. Caveats are: I am not super-idealistic (possibly a bit cynical, but very optimistic person) or very political. But I'm an effective communicator, make friends easily, enjoy analyzing statistics, and have been praised for my organizational skills.
Questions for those out there:
• Does fascinating subject == interesting jobs (most of the time)? The classes look absolutely fascinating
• What personality trait would be good to handle the “politics”—, which seems to be the most negative aspect of the planning profession?
• Do you typically work on “project work” or day-to-day work? Are these done in groups?
• Will my IT background help?
• Transportation planning—do I need to have a Civil Engineering degree?
• Is there an "ideal" joint degree to work on?