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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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Browse Course Chapters

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