Young Planners Conference: APC and Careers

Friday’s session of the 2012 Young Planners Conference opened with a welcome from Rob Krzyszowski , Chair of the London Young Planners Committee. The topic of this initial, early-morning workshop was one that is important to any young would-be planner – the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Philip Woodward, from the RTPI, stated that the most important message by far is to read the guidance. Far too many APC submissions fail because people don’t read the guidance properly, or use the now out-of-date “Gide to the APC”.

Chris Sheridan, RTPI Planners in the Workplace Manager highlighted the resources available on the RTPI website, which include dedicated CV guidance for planners. Chris also highlighted the need for planning firms to provide work experience.

James Fennell, from NLP, gave a private sector practitioner’s view of how to get ahead in the planning world. In terms of day to day behaviour and work output, consistency is key, as well as an aptitude for innovation. Jim intrdocued NLP’s toolkit “You’re Hired!

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