I graduate in less than a month, so I’ve been applying for jobs like crazy. The problem, of course, is that with the economy the way it is there are very few jobs being advertised, especially in planning, which is a field that very closely follows the real estate market, which hasn’t come close to recovering from its epic collapse a couple years ago. This isn’t actually that big a deal for me specifically, since I don’t have much interest in doing the sort of local government land-use planning that is particularly closely tied to real estate and that still forms the heart of the profession. The kinds of planning I would like to do, mostly environmental compliance and so forth, don’t seem to be doing all that well either, however, and there I’ve been running into the additional complication that a lot of the jobs, especially in the private sector, that do get advertised seem to really want a science or engineering background rather than a planning one. And why not? Planning is very much a generalist field; anyone can do these jobs, so if someone with a technical background wants to, that’s so much the better for the employer. Pretty tough for me, though. I’ve been applying particularly to federal jobs, but those are few and far between and I hear that a lot of agencies have been increasingly contracting this stuff out to the private sector, which does indeed seem to be where most of the jobs are.
So, it seems networking is really the way to go, since so few jobs are being advertised. This is unfortunate for me, since I hate networking and am pretty bad at it, but I’ve been doing my best. I got some business cards printed up and have been giving them out to anyone who seems like a plausible connection. I’m sure I’ll find something eventually, but I’ve increasingly resigned myself to just having to hang around here for a few weeks after I graduate to focus on the job search. Which wouldn’t really be that bad, actually; my lease on this apartment runs through the end of July, and I have enough money saved up to live on until then, so it might not be too bad to just be able to focus on the job thing without having to worry about school. Especially now, at the end of the semester, school is keeping me very busy, so I can’t focus as much on finding a job as I would like to anyway.
So anyway, that’s what’s going on with me, in case anyone was wondering.