Launching (and Relaunching) Your Planning Career



Thursday, October 25, 2018, midnight
Saturday, December 31, 2022, midnight CST

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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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Richard Willson

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Dr. Richard Willson FAICP is a professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona. He is author of A Guide for the Idealist: Launching and Navigating Your Planning Career (2018) and APA’s blog series, Launching Your Planning Career: A Guide for Idealists. Dr. Willson's current research examines the use of planning theory in practice, building on a career as a researcher and practicing planner. He consults with transit agencies, local cities, and developers of urban infill projects on transit-oriented development and parking reform. He is also the author of two book on parking reform: Parking Reform Made Easy (2013) and Parking Management for Smart Growth (2015). Willson holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.