Elevate Your Career at NPC19's Career Zone

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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Career Zone Highlights

Resume Clinic

APA members can access one-on-one feedback, insights, and tips from fellow members along with hiring managers, AICP Fellows, APA division leaders, and many other industry-expert volunteers.  

Professional Headshots

Take professional headshots with a professional photographer at NPC19’s free-of-charge photo booth. Dress for the job you want and smile for the camera! First come, first served.

Employer Connection Job Fair

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.

Career Services: Career Networking Power Hour

If your NPC19 schedule is jam-packed, and you missed the Employer Connection Job Fair, this is the place to be. Join your fellow job-seekers and employers for an hour of networking.  

Mentor Match & Mixer

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!

Career Zone’s All-Day Special Events

Planning Leadership Institute

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

Planning Management Institute

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

Career Zone’s Drop-In Events

Working Abroad

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.

Connect 2 Network

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.

Ask Me Anything

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.

Early in Your Career?

Mock Interview/MVP

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.

From Graduation to the Workforce

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.

Already Embarked on Your Career?

Creating Your Expert Brand

When you present yourself as an expert, people naturally want to work with you and will seek you out. This discussion focuses on a few strategies to build your personal brand as an expert.

Planning Supervisors Group Discussion

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.

View the Program and Register Now

If you haven’t already, you can register for NPC19 here. You can view NPC19’s full program offerings as well as get a better understanding of all 230-plus sessions offered this year!

Top image: A career discussion at the 2018 National Planning Conference. APA photo by Riverside Photography.


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Nicole G. Smith is APA's interim senior content marketing associate.

March 4, 2019

By Nicole Smith