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A Guide for the Idealist

Launching and Navigating Your Planning Career

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A Guide for the Idealist by Richard Willson
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A Guide for the Idealist is a must for young professionals seeking to put their idealism to work. Speaking to urban and regional planners and those in related fields, the book provides tools for the reader to make good choices, practice effectively, and find meaning in planning work. Built around concepts of idealism and realism, the book takes on the gap between the expectations and the constraints of practice. How to make an impact? How to decide when to compromise and when to fight for a core value? The book advises on career "launching" issues: doubt, decision-making, assessing types of work and work settings, and career planning. Then it explains principled adaptability as professional style. Subsequent chapters address early-practice issues: being right, avoiding wrong, navigating managers, organizations and teams, working with mentors, and understanding the career journey. Underpinning these dimensions is a call for planners to reflect on what they are doing as they are doing it. The advice provided is based on the experience of a planning professor who has also practiced planning throughout his career. The book includes personal anecdotes from the author and other planners about how they launched and managed their careers, and discussion/reflection questions for the reader to consider.

Author Biography

Richard Willson is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona, California. His scholarship is in planning theory, professional development, and transportation planning. Richard Willson holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Release date NZ
August 29th, 2017
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
3 Line drawings, black and white; 1 Halftones, black and white; 15 Tables, black and white
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
220
ISBN-13
9781138085879
Product ID
26800138

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