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Early Career Strategies for Successful Planning Practice

This course is for planners with a few years of practice under their belts and looking to become more effective in their careers and derive greater satisfaction from their work.

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Course Info

  • Duration 9 video lessons (60 Mins)
  • Published Published
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (3 mins)
  • 2. Bridging the Theory/Practice Gap (4 mins)
  • 3. Understanding Practice From the Inside-Out (11 mins)
  • 4. Principled Adaptability (6 mins)
  • 5. Ethics and Moral Reasoning (5 mins)
  • 6. Being Right (10 mins)
  • 7. Avoiding Wrong (7 mins)
  • 8. Navigating Managers, Organizations, and Teams (7 mins)
  • 9. Putting the Pieces Together (4 mins)

Course Description

This course is for planners with a few years of practice under their belts and who are wondering how they can be more effective and derive greater satisfaction from their work. The course builds on a framework for understanding practice, encourages attendee reflection, and helps attendees understand the positions of others they will encounter in their career. Illustrated with cases from practice, the framework connects positions and choices back to the planner’s assessment of political and administrative context, adopted professional style, and personal commitments.

Learn these skills

  • Career Development
  • Ethics


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit. 


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point. 

Meet Your Instructor

Richard Willson

Richard Willson

Richard Willson is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Willson's research addresses parking policy, climate change planning, land/use transportation relationships, travel demand management, and transit-oriented development.

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