Career Zone

Come to the Career Zone and invest in your future. Find resources, interactive activities, and sessions to support your job search and career development no matter where you are in your planning career.

  • Explore your career options — starting out or changing up.
  • Learn how to build the skills you need to land the job you want.
  • Meet your next boss — or new hire — at the Employer Connection.
  • Connect with a mentor — or proteges — and enrich your conference experience.
  • Find out what earning the AICP credential can do for you.
  • Check out institutes for emerging professionals, managers, and leaders.

View Career Zone Activities

AICP Exam Prep Workshop

Prepare for the AICP Certification Exam with this three-hour workshop. There's always a capacity audience at this popular workshop, so registration is recommended.

Saturday, May 6, 10:45 a.m.–2:15 p.m.

Becoming AICP: Advice From Recently Credentialed Members

What do you need to know about AICP certification? Come prepared to ask questions and engage with experienced professional colleagues. Use this opportunity to ask questions of individuals who recently took the AICP Certification Exam or became AICP members.

Monday, May 8, 2:45–4 p.m.

Resume Clinic

Would you like a pro to review your resume? Bring your most up-to-date resume to the NPC17 Resume Clinic for a 20-minute review and feedback session. Reserve your spot by signing up in Career Zone at the Javits Center, starting Saturday, May 6, at 8:30 a.m.

Reviews take place on Saturday, May 6, Sunday, May 7, and Monday, May 8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Resume Clinic sign up here

Mock Interviews

Work with experienced recruiters in a conversational exercise to learn and test methods that will prepare you to ace a job interview. Please bring a sample job posting.

Sunday, May 7, 2:30–3:45 p.m. and Monday, May 8, 9–10:15 a.m.

Employer Connection

Employers will discuss current job openings during informational small-group meetings. Dress for an interview and bring your resume.

Saturday, May 6, Noon–5:15 p.m.

Participating employers will include: 

Institute for Building Technology & Safety

Islamorada, FL

US Navy

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

Employers interested in participating, please contact Career Services Manager, Bobbie Albrecht

Student Planning Expo Exploration

Students are invited to visit the Planning Expo and meet exhibitors. Learn how they got started in the industry, find out how their products and services can assist a planner, and make valuable connections.

Sunday, May 6, 2:30–3:45 p.m.

Compensation and Salary Negotiations

Join this interactive training on successfully negotiating compensation and salary benefits, led by experienced recruiters and hiring professionals. Please bring a sample job posting to use in a mock negotiation.

Tuesday, May 9, 9–10:15 a.m.

Mentor Match

APA's Mentor Match program offers emerging and seasoned professionals an opportunity to make connections and share advice about career and professional development. Sign up before the conference; APA will match mentors to proteges before NPC17. Even if you didn't sign up, but are interested, attend the Mentor Match Mixer on Saturday, May 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Sign Up for Mentor Match

Mentor Match Meetup – Recap

Share your mentoring stories with APA through video and take advantage of the last chance to meet a mentor at NPC17.

Tuesday, May 9, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Progressing in Your Planning Career

Join a peer discussion focusing on skills and resources needed to advance your career. Ask questions, get advice, and network at this highly interactive session.

Sunday, May 7, 9:30–10:45 a.m.


Emerging Professionals Institute

APA's Emerging Professionals Institute is tailor-made for students and recent graduates entering the job market. Find out what skills employers are really looking for and how to measure up. Advance registration and ticket required.

Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

Planning Management Institute

The Planning Management Institute provides planners in management positions with a full day of intensive training and professional reflection to explore the nature of management and refine and improve management skills. Advance registration and ticket required.

Sunday, May 7, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Planning Leadership Institute

The Planning Leadership Institute offers planning directors and others in leadership roles a full day of intensive training and professional reflection to explore the nature of leadership, address challenges, and shape a community legacy. Advance registration and ticket required.

*Note: Institutes take place at the Marriott New York Marquis, 1535 Broadway