Where oh where do older planners go when they are too young to retire but yet ar viewed too old or too expensive to work as a planner.
I tried unsuccessfully for four years to find a job in planning (a field I absolutely love). I just turned 56 and now have 30 years of experience. My Mom was vey ill and I took 6 years off to take care of her full time.
I finally found my job because I happened to know the Planning Director and because of the explosive growth he needed all the help he could get. I worked for 6 months and kept my nose clean and did my job. My Director was hammered daily about things he had no control over. He finally left about 3 weeks before my probation was up.
Long story short I was terminated 2 days before my probation was up. I had moved 1800 miles to take this position. I told them something they did not want to hear and all the sudden I was history. Now I have to find another position. I've never been fired before and well it took me by surprise.
Maybe it is time to bite the bullet and start my own Consultant business. It is hard to have to compete against all the 20, 30 and 40 somethings out in the field looking for jobs these days Anyone know of any planning jobs in California that aren't entry level.