I'm a planner with about 10 years' experience mostly in government.
I live outside the USA and all my experience and planning education has been done in my home country (my native language is English).
Next year I will be marrying my US fiance and relocating to Southern California (assuming all goes well with the visa). I want to work as a planner (one I have my work permits), but know that I will have a lot to learn.
Since I have a while until I come over there I thought I'd try and get as up to speed as possible on the planning system in California, and pick up any additional skills that may be useful.
My experience is primarily in plan making/strategic planning. I have worked for both local and state government and have experience is local area planning, regional planning and community engagement (among other things). I do not know GIS, but I see this is a pretty common skill requested for jobs over there.
I'm currently reading Guide to California Planning by Fulton and Shigley which is proving pretty interesting and useful.
I'm also going to try and become certified through APA once I arrive, but it's probably a bit premature now.
Does anyone else have anything they can recommend? general advice? comments?
Any advice is appreciate - thanks!!