Hi all, I'd really appreciate some advice about a major decision I have to make around my career direction.
I recently graduated from an MEng in Civil Engineering at Cardiff University (2:1). And naturally I've been researching jobs and looking around, interviewing, and all that lovely stuff. Still got nothing yet, but it's early days so no worries.
The issue is that a couple of days ago I was looking at a Transport Planning job and realised that I would probably really enjoy that sector, and the more I researched, the more interested I became in the whole area. However, my research also told me that if I was to go down the Transport Planning career path, I would likely want to have done an MSc in the area to give myself a real chance of going far. And I looked up degrees and found this really great looking one at Imperial/UCL, which would be amazing, considering Imperial is pretty revered amongst engineers.
Obviously the issue is that I already have an MEng, and a second Master's degree (even if it would be a postgraduate) seems excessive. However, my situation is quite unique in that if I had graduated with a BEng I would have received a 2:2, which likely wouldn't have got me into the Transport Planning degrees I'm interested in. But it's still another year, and I worry very much that it would be a waste and that I should just give up this new ambition to work in Transport Planning, because a role in a typical Civil Engineering company definitely still interests me. It's just that Transport Planning seems ideal.
So my questions are:
Does anyone work in or is applying to the Transport Planning sector? Would I need an MSc specialising in Transport Planning in order to work there?
Is it really silly to do an MSc (bear in mind it's only a year) when I already have an MEng, considering my situation?
Should I apply into the Transport Planning industry and do an MSc further down the line? Or is it just better to do it as soon as possible?
When can you expect yours?