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    Cyburbian
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    How old were you when you got your first planning job?

    Or entered the profession full-time for the first time?

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    I was a late starter at 35.

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    Cyburbian MD Planner's avatar
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    I was 27 when it became full time. The job market for planners was not good at all when I graduated. I spent a year as a substitute teacher and then a couple years working on a survey crew and waiting tables at night and on weekends. My first planning job was initially part-time when I started at age 26 and a year later it was made full-time in the budget.
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    23.

    Will be 20 years ago in July.
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    24 years old. It will be 12 years for me in July.
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    moderator in moderation Suburb Repairman's avatar
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    intern: 20
    intern converted to part-time: 21
    part-time converted to full-time: 22

    It was the early 2000s, which was kind of the heyday for planner hiring. I was very lucky and benefited from a professor that really took a liking to me. He helped line me up for that internship, and we are close friends to this day. And I've made sure he has never once purchased a beer in my presence--it is always on me despite his objections.

    Here I sit 14 years later with, by all accounts, a successful career continuing to move in a positive direction.

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    Cyburbian dvdneal's avatar
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    Planner at 32
    County director at 38.
    Actually worth something ? may never happen
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    Another "late bloomer" at 38.

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    I was 29 and I will begin my 29th year here in July. Tempus fugit fer sher.
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    Grad school at 28. Full-time planner at 30. It seemed like most of my classmates were near my age, but some were working in the field before starting the program.

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    Cyburbian RandomPlanner's avatar
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    I thought I was a late starter taking a part time consulting job through undergrad at 25. I guess I was not as late as I thought... Full time planner at age 27.
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    I was 24 when I got my first full-time planner job. This was six months after getting my MUP.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    21, after graduation with a BS in Urban Planning from a nearby institution.

    Planning Technician, a 20-hr position in a 40-hr timeslot.

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    After my Bachelor's degree, I started at the bottom as a draftsperson at 21 years old (previous summer I was a draftsperson too) then worked my way into doing permitting 2 years later and off from there

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    33. That was almost 20 years ago.
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    25. Fresh out of grad school. Good timing, economy-wise (thanks, Clinton!)

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    25 (after Master's) - Going on year 2 now full time

    worked summer internships prior to that

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    Hmm

    22 for first full-time planning gig (almost 24 years now)
    29 as Planning Director
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    Internship at 23 while in school. First full-time gig at 25. I was a late starter, though since I started college after the Army. I was offered the full-time role a a few months after graduating at the same place I was interning. Ended up working there a total of 9 years.
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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
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    I started collage late, graduated in a bad economy, and started my first full-time planner job at 29.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Internship at 20. Full job at 23. I have to work until 55 though because my state sucks...
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    After acquiring two master degrees, technically I got my first 'planning' job at 34 - and I consider myself lucky. But in reality I've been doing full time planning work since I was 30, just not in position title. Wish I could gotten started earlier, but the great recession robbed me of about 5-7 years of work experience.

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    I'm 32 and starting my first planning job this month. No prior experience in the field. Several years in the nonprofit sector (mostly human services and environmental orgs) + a related Master's degree. Very excited to be where I am, but as others have mentioned, I consider myself lucky. It was really by chance that I came upon this position. That said, I cannot stress the importance of informational interviews enough.

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    Interned out of undergrad at a couple places for a year, and started working full time at 23. That was almost 7 years ago. The great recession forced me to move from the Midwest to the SW in order to remain competitive in the field, and now that I'm here and settled in I hope I never have to leave.
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    Planning Director at 24, first job right out of college.

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