This is a page of links and stuff for anyone who wants to know about planning.
It's very partial, it's just what I think. And it's been a number of years since I was actually a planner. (And it's even longer since I hired one, so I have no good advice about getting a planning job.)
But the best discussions of planning thinking are happening online. There's a great selection in the right-hand sidebar on Northern Planner's blog. Read all those.
There's also a bunch of stuff at the plannersphere wiki. The password for editing it and adding yourself is huntington. It says so, right there on the front page, so please don't email me and ask me how to add yourself to it.
There's also a planning ning here, and there used to be a plannersphere doodah on Facebook, and I imagine there still is, it's just I've not been on facebook for ages.
These are the kinds of places to go to ask about getting your portfolio together, where to get a job, all that kind of stuff.
I don't know much about studying planning at schools or anything. It doesn't happen so much in the UK. But I've been to the University of Oregon programme and it's great. And everyone I've ever met who's graduated from AdCenter has been brilliant.