A Career Worth Planning

Starting Out and Moving Ahead in the Planning Profession

By Warren Jones, Natalie Macris

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Now that your planning degree is in sight or in hand, how and where can you find your "dream job?" Once you're on the job, what can you do to not just survive, but thrive and avoid common professional pitfalls?

In A Career Worth Planning, two veteran planners offer a road map for success. Packed with practical information and useful advice, it is must reading for planning stude...

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Oct. 1, 2000
APA Planners Press

About the Authors

Warren Jones

Natalie Macris

Table of Contents

Part I: Starting your Career • The Planning Profession and You • What Employers Are Looking For • Landing Your First Job • What to Expect from Your Job • For Whom Are You Working?

Part II: Developing Your Career • Essential Communication Skills • Essential Management Skills • Essential Political Skills • Twelve Traps to Avoid • Setting a Career Path for Yourself


"Written for the graduate who is starting or developing a planning career or the person who is considering a program of planning study. It tells what planners do; what knowledge, skills, and values they need to be effective; and what the real world of planning practice is like."

—Linda L. Day
Professor and Coordinator
Master of City and Regional Planning Program
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California

"This book is great reading for the new planner landing a first job and wondering what to do next."

—Janet Ruggiero, FAICP
Director of Community Development
City of Citrus Heights, California

"This highly readable guide condenses precious wisdom normally requiring years to accumulate into a fresh, savvy, how-to book for surviving and thriving as a planning professional."

—Ken Topping, FAICP
General Manager
Cambria Community Services District
Former City Planning Director of Los Angeles