Previously, we looked at a typical day at the office for a Planner. If the thought of sitting at your desk all day makes you shudder, you’re in luck… As a Planner, you’ll have lots of opportunities to get out and about. Here’s a few: Meetings – Meetings are the most common respite from the … More All Work and No Play Makes Matt a Dull Boy
For me, one of the scariest things about job hunting is the horror stories about resume fielding. We’ve all read about employers who throw out resumes because they’re stapled wrong, they use Times New Roman font, etc. While I wish I could say these stories are false, there’s some merit to them. The competition is … More Before You Submit That Resume…
No new posts until Wednesday, but I just thought I’d point out the fancy new logo on your right (or somewhere else, bottom maybe, if you’re reading on your phone). I’m thinking about experimenting with a few variations, so bear with me if it looks different every time you visit – for a little while anyways.
I’ve never had a student ask me this, but it’s something that I always wondered when I was in school – do I really need Planning theory? In both my undergraduate and graduate degree, I took multiple theory courses. As a grad student I TA’d twice for a first year Planning Theory course. So its … More Do I Really Need Planning Theory?
As a Planner, or as a Planning student, you’ll undoubtedly have to make some street cross-sections. And while I may be a geek, making cross-sections is crazy fun! You’ll have to fit a whole bunch of different elements into one street, while trying to make everyone happy – drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, urbanists, engineers (impossible). Typically this is done … More Cool Tools # 2: Streetmix.net
When I’m asked about the biggest difference between school and work, my answer is always the same… Money and politics! Early in your career, you’ll discover that money and politics influence every aspect of a project. This can be a bit surprising at first, since you likely won’t learn much about either in school. Every … More Cash Rules Everything Around Me
University degree. Check. New job. Check. Business socks. Check. Okay, you’re officially a Planner, great work! Now comes the fun part – telling people. Lucky for you, this has gotten better recently, but you’ll quickly find that no one knows what a Planner/Planning is. Hell, I was most of the way through a Masters degree before … More “Oh, Like SimCity?” Or What People think When You Say You’re A Planner
Another day, another new Planforth section. Cool Tools won’t be weekly, but should be updated pretty often. The goal is to introduce some of the really useful (and free) programs, websites, etc. that I use on a regular basis (or occasionally, but are a life saver when needed). Hopefully they’ll be useful for you as well, … More Cool Tools # 1
Last week we looked at the different types of projects and studies that I work on. This week’s post looks in more detail at the process of a typical project, from the first meeting, to the final report. In one of the worst University classes I’ve taken, our professor told us to, ‘write a Planning … More The Anatomy of a Planning Study
When I talk with students, I bring a large stack of documents to show the different types of projects I’ve worked on. This variety is one of the highlights of my job. For every long and in-depth project, there are a bunch of quick projects to keep things fresh. This allows me to jump between … More Plans, Guidelines, and Proposals, Oh My!