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A Guide for the Idealist: Launching and Navigating Your Planning Career

Thursday, November 2, 2017  
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A Guide for the Idealist: Launching and Navigating Your Planning Career by Richard Willson, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


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. 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.


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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