Urban planning community

+ Reply to thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Seeking Book Opinion - "Career Worth Planning"

  1. #1
    Cyburbian Wannaplan?'s avatar
    Registered
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Gale Crater
    Posts
    2,859

    Seeking Book Opinion - "Career Worth Planning"

    Is this book any good at all? I may want to buy it, but if the collective opinion of Cyburbia tanks it, then I may pass it by. Maybe you would like to sell me your copy?

    Title: Career Worth Planning: Starting Out and Moving Ahead in the Planning Profession

    Author(s): Warren W. Jones, Natalie Macris

    Publisher: APA Planners Press

    List Price: $26.95

    APA Member Price: $24.95

    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: STARTING OUT AND MOVING AHEAD IN THE PLANNING PROFESSION, two veteran planners offer a road map for success. Packed with practical information and useful advice, it is must reading for planning students, new planners, and experienced planners looking to advance their careers.

    Career questions can paralyze beginning planners. What are the differences between working for a public planning agency or a private consulting firm? What does an employer look for in a job candidate? How can you set yourself apart from other job hunters through your resume and in an interview? A CAREER WORTH PLANNING answers these tough questions and many others.

    But landing a job is only half the battle. Once you're there, how do you negotiate the career ladder, even in the most difficult circumstances? Here are nuggets of wisdom on how to deal with a bad boss, identify crucial "insiders" who can make or break your success on the job, clarify ethical conflicts, manage political land mines, and yes, even evaluate your job satisfaction and determine when you're ready to move on.

    Wherever you are along your career path, this book will help you assess your skills, preferences, and work style, and find the planning niche that fits you.

  2. #2
    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
    Registered
    May 2003
    Location
    Staff meeting
    Posts
    8,370
    I don't know. It seems a little too "self-helpish" to me.

    Most of the stuff in that book is probably mostly common sense concepts.

    Do you really need to spend $25 on book full of things that you could learn on your own just by being observant of everyday work environments?

    Just my opinion, though.
    Last edited by mendelman; 15 Dec 2004 at 2:08 PM.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

  3. #3
    Forums Administrator & Gallery Moderator NHPlanner's avatar
    Registered
    Apr 1996
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    7,609
    Moderator note:
    Moved from the Kiosk. The Kiosk is not designed for discussion threads, but for announcements, job ads, etc.
    "Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how." -- Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund

  4. #4
    Cyburbian Wannaplan?'s avatar
    Registered
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Gale Crater
    Posts
    2,859
    Quote Originally posted by mendelman
    Most of the stuff in that book is probably mostly common sense concepts...

    Do you really need to spend $25 on book full of things that you could learn on your own just by being observant of everyday work environments?
    Huh? I'm very confused. If anyone out there can be more helpful about this book - like if you've actually read it - please PM me. I'd really appreciate it.
    Last edited by Wannaplan?; 15 Dec 2004 at 2:30 PM.

  5. #5
    Cyburbian jread's avatar
    Registered
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    739
    I'm also very interested in this book.
    "I don't suffer from insanity... I enjoy every single minute of it!"

  6. #6
    Cyburbian geobandito's avatar
    Registered
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    509
    Quote Originally posted by Wanigas?
    If anyone out there can be more helpful about this book - like if you've actually read it - please PM me. I'd really appreciate it.
    I read it and I can't remember a single thing about it. That should probably tell you something.

  7. #7
    Cyburbian donk's avatar
    Registered
    Sep 2001
    Location
    skating on thin ice
    Posts
    6,958
    While I have not read that one, I have leafed through portions of "The ABZ's of Planning Management" by Paul Zucker. Portions of it are interesting and it does provide some suggestions for getting ahead and figuring out how to function in our employment environment.

    Wish I could remember more, this was 4 years ago.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

+ Reply to thread

More at Cyburbia

  1. Replies: 7
    Last post: 27 Nov 2006, 9:31 AM
  2. Replies: 8
    Last post: 15 Nov 2006, 2:00 PM
  3. "Permanent temp" planning career??
    Career Development and Advice
    Replies: 6
    Last post: 21 Jul 2006, 12:50 AM
  4. "Houston. It's Worth It."
    Cities and Places
    Replies: 4
    Last post: 20 Feb 2006, 5:15 PM
  5. Book: "The Price of Loyalty"
    Friday Afternoon Club
    Replies: 0
    Last post: 08 Nov 2004, 3:35 AM