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Launching (and Relaunching) Your Planning Career

The planning profession offers many types of work in support of important public objectives, so planners face many choices about launching and re-launching their careers. This course is based on the idea that planners are most effective when their jobs are well-matched with their characteristics and goals. We will discuss everything that a prospective or junior planner needs to know to chart a fulfilling career.

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Course Info

  • Duration 9 video lessons (62 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2018
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    1.
    Introduction
    Chapter Duration 4 mins
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    What Is My Work?
    Chapter Duration 5 mins
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    What Work Setting?
    Chapter Duration 5 mins
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    Using Self-Assessment Tools
    Chapter Duration 3 mins
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    The Real You: Owning Strengths and Outsmarting Doubt
    Chapter Duration 4 mins
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    Making Choices
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    The Resume, Cover Letter, and Application Game
    Chapter Duration 14 mins
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    Cultivating and Benefiting From Mentors
    Chapter Duration 11 mins
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    Putting the Pieces Together
    Chapter Duration 6 mins

What You Will Learn

  • Understand and create a career map as a tool for managing ongoing choices.
  • Learn about an expanded range of opportunities for planning work.
  • Know the pros and cons of working in different types of planning organizations.
  • Acquire tools and perspectives to assess one’s preferred ways of working to find alignment with ideal jobs.
  • Develop practical strategies for responding to self-doubt.
  • Hone decision-making capabilities to support ongoing career choices. 
  • Master the resume, cover letter and application process.
  • Understand the multiple types of mentoring and develop a mentor map to make a game plan for peer support.

Course Description

The planning profession offers many types of work in support of important public objectives, so planners face many choices about launching and re-launching their careers. This course is based on the idea that planners are most effective when their jobs are well-matched with their characteristics and goals. We will discuss everything that a prospective or junior planner needs to know to chart a fulfilling career.

Learn these skills

  • Career Development

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

SACPLAN CPD

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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Wish I had this perspective when I started my career. Excellent presentation.
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Excellent course with very detailed and useful suggestions for someone considering the planning profession.
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