Early Career Strategies for Successful Planning Practice



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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.

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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.