“Do planners work a lot of overtime?” I get asked this one a lot. It’s a fair question, and one that I had when I was a student. Because, with the exception of architects*, nobody wants to invest years in a career that destroys their work-life balance. My best answer to this question is, “ummm, … More Do Planners Work a Lot of Overtime?
You’ve received your degree. You’ve had your interviews. And now, you’ve landed a job. This is it… What all the old folks meant when they said, “you think school is bad, wait until you get a job.” The good news is, it’s not so bad. And, if you land the right job, it’s pretty great. … More Your First Job: What To Expect When You’re Accepting
Update: Just a quick update based on some important feedback I received. This post speaks only to volunteering while you are in school – if you have the time, without impacting your studies (as I did). In no way am I suggesting, or do I support, that you should work for free once you have graduated. … More Does it Pay to Volunteer?
Every project that I work on is influenced by (or influences) a number of policies. However, I don’t recall ever taking a course in University (Policy 101?) that said, “These are the key policy documents; this is where you can find them; this is what they do and how you use them; this is how … More Behind Every Great Plan is a (Sometimes) Great Policy
When I talk to Planning students, I often get asked “what programs do I need to know” or “do I need to know how to use CAD?” The unfortunate answer to that second question is yes… Or at least kind of. Here is a run down of the programs that I use regularly, or have … More Do I Need to Know AutoCAD?
I’m an early riser. Up at 6am. Run. Shower. Change the baby. Walk the dog. Out the door… My typical work day starts with a 45 minute commute, including a bus, subway and streetcar (I’m an urban designer, so I go out of my way to look the part). I’m often the first to arrive … More A Typical Day at the Office
If you’ve decided to get a Planning degree, I think (with no bias, of course) you’ve made an excellent choice. As a certified Planner, you’ll be able to apply your craft in a number of areas. Just a few that I encounter on a regular basis*: Private Consultants – This is what I do. You … More So, You Wanna be a Planner?
Hi, I’m Matt, a Planner and Urban Designer in Toronto, and I want to be your mentor!* Since finishing school six years ago, and starting my career, I’ve spoken with many (hopefully) future planners and urban designers – from high school students with a fleeting interest in Planning, to recent graduates knee-deep in the job … More And We’re Off…