Over the course of NPC19, the Career Zone will allow you to access priceless resources and to participate in interactive activities to support your job search and career development, no matter where you are in your planning career.
Invest in your future with these incredible opportunities, available to all current or future job seekers at this year’s National Planning Conference. You never know where your time in San Francisco can take your career.
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Job seekers, expand your network and get ready to land your dream job! Discuss open positions with employers from both private and public sectors in small-group informational discussions. Employers, contact Career Services if you’re interested in meeting a pool of highly qualified candidates.
Do you want a mentor — or would you like to be one? Let APA connect you. Pre-enrollment is preferred in order to be paired with your best match. The Mixer is where you’ll meet in person and make an initial connection. However, feel free to stop by this free mixer — we can’t wait to meet you!
NPC19’s Planning Leadership Institute is a powerful leadership development opportunity, now in its 12th year. Planning professionals will learn the skillset needed to exercise leadership, influence stakeholders, face challenges, and shape a legacy in their community. Understand the difference between authority and leadership, while learning the necessary skills, tools, and tactics for influencing your community. Participants will leave with a work plan for leading change in their communities. Registration required. CM |8
Do you manage (or will soon) a planning department? If so, join us at NPC19’s Planning Management Institute, an intensive, interactive, developmental event. This practical, lively, hands-on workshop is a great opportunity to network with peers and learn best practices from a team of nationally-reputed experts. Learn how to take your management practice to a deeper level by exploring topics ranging from coaching to conflict resolution, organizational politics, managing change and your community. Registration required. CM |8
Interested in working abroad but don’t know where to start? Learn from professionals about gaining experience, developing your skills, possible career paths, and strategies to prepare for living and working abroad. The presentation and discussion is hosted by APA’s International Division, which offers information, networking, and professional development opportunities related to international planning.
Want to take your networking skills to the next level? Learn how to nurture your existing network through guided exercises. Discover tech that can help to initiate and maintain relationships. Come away with an understanding of how to network to engage and to share.
Richard Willson, FAICP, author of the APA blog series: “Launching Your Planning Career: A Guide for Idealists,” will answer questions and lead a discussion about launching and navigating your planning career. Discussion topics include: the pros and cons of public, private, and nonprofit work, AICP certification, planning ethics, organizational and team issues, and more.
Brush up on your interview skills with experienced recruiters in a conversational exercise. Learn and test methods that will prepare you to ace your next job interview. Please bring a sample job posting.
Gisla Bush, aka “GiGi The Planner,” will share her personal experiences with college students pursuing degrees in urban planning to assist them with next steps. She’ll discuss how to transition from college to a career and will prepare you for success.
Aimee Nassif, AICP, and Matt Brandmeyer, AICP, host the six-part Planning Supervisor’s Playbook series available in APA Learn. Together, they will lead a small-group discussion about best practices and unique challenges, expectations, and situations faced by planners in supervisory roles. Learn how to generate solutions that lead to positive results.