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    Hello from Portland

    Greetings, all! I am a Portland resident in the midst of career exploration. I've spent the last couple months figuring out what I should really be doing in my career, and one of the top few possibilities that I have narrowed down is urban planning. It appears from what I've read and researched so far that planning could be a great fit for both how I work and what goals I want to achieve. What I'm looking for now is an inside view into planning, to find out what the day-to-day is really like and what kind of opportunities exist out there.

    The deeper I go into this, I'm finding planning is a wider field that I first realized. But that's not a bad thing. Right now, I work in IT for a large manufacturing company, and am bored to tears . The breadth of planning is definitely an attractive aspect for me.

    In any case, I'll be looking for help on finding people for informational interviews, or if you all suggest that I ask my questions right here on these boards!

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    Welcome. I love Portland, and you've got a great school there if you want to study planning. It would probably be helpful just to browse the threads in the Career Advice or Student Lounge forums.

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    Welcome from the Hoosier State.

    IT - might be an easy transition into GIS ?

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    Use of technology

    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    IT - might be an easy transition into GIS ?
    I'm definitely keeping in mind that my aptitude in technology (I've ran the gauntlet from web and application development, to integration and middleware, all the way down to database development and data modeling) could be helpful. But I definitely don't want to corner myself into it. Lack of breadth in IT been part of my disenchantment. I like the idea of applying technology as one tool for problem solving, but have no interest in it for it's own sake. We'll see.....

    And thanks for the welcome!

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    Welcome from Chicagoland!!!
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    Welcome from the Florida panhandle on a perfect day for golf. Tee time is 10:45.

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    Hello, from Irving, TX!
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    Welcome from a Bear in NW Ohio.

    My son and his family moved to PDX in mid-January. Sold all of their furniture, stored some personal items in my garage, packed up the kids and their remaining belongings.....and drove to Stumptown. They left Toledo with Glass City temperatures in the unusual-for-January range of 45F. By the time they reached Nebraska they were in blizzard conditions. That slowed their 2-car journey considerably.

    They now live in Clackamas but have placed a bid on a place in Lake Oswego. The move was made possible by a job offer to my DIL, working for the corrections folks in Multnomah County. It did not take long for my son to find a great job. What a different market than here in NW Ohio, SE Michigan.

    As for planning.....I am not a planner, but I love the stuff. I love it so much I hang around with these nice people. Been doing it for a few years. Glad you have joined the gang.

    Welcome.

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    Welcome aboard . Put RJ on your buddy list

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    PNW Corridor

    Welcome from the Great Pacific Northwest...which DOES include Tacoma!!
    Last edited by Wildono; 14 Mar 2007 at 8:19 PM. Reason: further westward~

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    Welcome from the Queen City of the Rockies.
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    Howdy! Welcome from SW Michigan

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    Welcome from a 'burb of DC.

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    Welcome

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