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    Career goals

    What are your specific career goals, have you thought about it? Where do you want to end up?

    I would like to be a City engineer for a progressive small city 5,000-20,000 population or a county engineer (somewhere where the dual PE/PS isn't required) in a rural county. Then when I retire I want to work as an inspector for the DOT so that I can double-dip on the retirement.

    I have thought about dabbling in consulting in the realm of pavement management - I love roads (GO FIGGER).
    Who's gonna re-invent the wheel today?

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    Cyburbian cch's avatar
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    I have two goals in mind, and hopefully I can reach one or the other.

    1) Land Use Specialist for the State Department of Agriculture: I deal regularly with the person in this position now, and it seems to be an interesting job, not too stressful, with good pay.

    2) Planning and Zoning Official for my adopted hometown: I would love to work only 3 minutes from my home, and be a one-person planning and zoning show for the small village I call home, with no one to answer to except the village board.

    Both of these positions are currently held by people nearing retirement age, so I'm ready to pounce

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    Teach urban literature to a bunch of bored college students.
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    I have something in mind, but my friend and I are still working on a business plan. It does involve planning.
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    is urging me to be myself but never follow someone else
    Because opinions are like voices we all have a different kind". --Q-Tip

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    Cyburbian cmavis's avatar
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    I'd like to retire at an early age (say 50 years old), open up a souvenier shop in a tourist trap of a town and live off the millions I would earn from the store.

    ahhh, one can only dream.
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    Cyburbian SW MI Planner's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by ssnyderjr View post
    What are your specific career goals, have you thought about it? Where do you want to end up?

    I would like to be a City engineer for a progressive small city 5,000-20,000 population or a county engineer (somewhere where the dual PE/PS isn't required) in a rural county. Then when I retire I want to work as an inspector for the DOT so that I can double-dip on the retirement.
    You should have applied here!!! Close to home and meets your other requirements. Plus MDOT TSC just up the road! I'll keep you posted if the guy they hired doesn't work out.

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    [naive grad student drivel below]

    I'd like to do something innovative or at least progressive before I retire. I see myself more in the private sector than the public sector (interning in consulting now, looking for fulltime consulting jobs when I graduate in May) so I think this might be possible.

    My greatest interests are in the transportation/land-use connection and regional planning (ie, the big picture). I have focused on these issues in my academics (my Master's report will be on MPOs and their effects on regional growth) but have not yet figured out many options for what kind of job I could have that deals with either of these issues.

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    Well, I am in a funny spot now because I attained my goal of being a Planning Director - I started out 20 years ago in private sector firms, then to public sector working my way up through the ranks from staff to division head and now a department head for the last 4+ years

    So, for me, not sure what's next -

    I may start on my Masters since after 20 years of practice, it still feels like a missing link in my professional life

    I wouldn't mind teaching someday but I feel like I need more years to have something to teach

    not sure if I want to be a Town Manager - watching my Town Manager just finish pulling together the town's budget here makes me wince at the thought of doing that, yuck

    so for now, I'm just working on being better at what I'm doing!

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    My goals change by the minute (I just discovered planning within the last year and haven't even applied to grad school yet), but as of right now I'm shooting for something in the state I want to live in (Maine) - a position at a regional planning/intergovernmental organization, a land trust or a non-profit promoting smart growth and environmental conservation.

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    Cyburbian imaplanner's avatar
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    I would like to retire early. I am not sure how I am going to accomplish that one though.

    I used to think I wanted to become a planning director at some point - but lately I have been wondering whether I would actually enjoy that.

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    Quote Originally posted by FueledByRamen View post
    [naive grad student drivel below]

    I'd like to do something innovative or at least progressive before I retire. I see myself more in the private sector than the public sector (interning in consulting now, looking for fulltime consulting jobs when I graduate in May) so I think this might be possible.

    My greatest interests are in the transportation/land-use connection and regional planning (ie, the big picture). I have focused on these issues in my academics (my Master's report will be on MPOs and their effects on regional growth) but have not yet figured out many options for what kind of job I could have that deals with either of these issues.
    You shouldn't rule out working for an MPO. Some of the major MPOs with larger staffs do a lot of innovative things relating precisely to your interest. Actually, that's a very close description of my job.

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
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    I'd like to complete at least one project in every state. I have done fourteen so far:

    Colorado
    Connecticut
    Florida
    Illinois
    Indiana
    Iowa
    Massachussetts
    Michigan
    Mississippi
    North Dakota
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Washington
    Wisconsin
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    Cyburbian Jeff's avatar
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    To pass the darn FE...then the PE

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    Run my own business as a solo surveyor. Technology is now such that a one man crew is a reality. I just need to get to the point where I can take the financial risk.

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    Cyburbian Plan-it's avatar
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    1. Become a Director of a large local government (county or city over 100,000 population).

    2. Teach at the collegiate level (abjunct level more than tenured professor).
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    I don't know.

    I don't have much of a plan for a planner.

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