Career Reality Webinars

APA's Career Reality Webinars offer members practical tips on job search and professional development issues for new and seasoned planners alike.

The no-cost webinars featured here are for APA members only. Paid webinars are open to all.


Upcoming Free Career Reality Webinars

Igniting Joy in Your Career

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT, 12 noon MT, 11 a.m. PT)

Speaker: Samorn Selim, Creative Joy Director, Career Unicorns

Are you feeling anxious, stuck or frustrated in your career? Are you wondering what you can do to add more joy to your day to day work?  

Join Samorn Selim, founder and creative joy director of Career Unicorns, for key strategies on how to add more joy to your career.

Topics covered include:

  • Managing stress and anxiety during the job search and at work
  • Networking confidently to make lasting connections and build a community
  • Prepping your mind to be in growth mindset mode
  • Building confidence to turn interviews into offers
  • Practical tips on how to manage burnout
  • Creating an action plan and sticking to it

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Hosted by the APA Student Representatives Council

Meet the Speaker

Samorn Selim is the daughter of poor Lao refugees. She defied the odds to earn a degree from Berkeley Law and work at a big firm. She thought this would bring her happiness.

But she was wrong. She woke up with dread and anxiety. She made the tough decision to leave the practice of law and pursue her then dream job as a career counselor at Berkeley Law.

Now, Samorn is the Founder and Creative Joy Director of Career Unicorns. She is known as the Marie Kondo of careers and has helped over 1,000 professionals “spark joy” by landing dream jobs, getting promotions, and attracting new clients.

She has been a presenter at Google and Dress for Success. She is a board member of the American Bar Association Career Center and the author of “Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer.”


Planning Supervisor's Playbook Series

The Planning Supervisor’s Playbook is a six-part series of live webinars designed to help planners navigate the waters from entry-level management to director of your organization.

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Previous Free Webinars

Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy Professional Pathways

May 16, 2018

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Mentoring at APA

April 4, 2018

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Getting Started to Get Ahead: From Interview to First Days on the Job

December 13, 2017

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Careers in Food Systems Planning

September 14, 2017

Careers in Planning Beyond Planning

July 20, 2017

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Careers in Transportation Planning

April 7, 2017

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Cosponsored by Transportation Planning Division

Skills and Thrills for Up and Coming Planners

February 1, 2017

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Optimize Your Executive Presence

December 8, 2016

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How to Start a Planning firm

November 22, 2016

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Cosponsored by APA's Private Practice Division

City Manager versus City Planner Skillsets Discussion

August 10, 2016

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Careers In Transportation Planning

June 8, 2016

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Compensation and Salary Negotiations

April 13, 2016

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Working Abroad

February 10, 2016

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Cosponsored by APA's International Division

Resume and Portfolio Development

December 9, 2015

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