Professional skills

  • An introduction to project management: Part 2
    In theory, planners should be excellent project managers – but that doesn’t mean it’s always so. What does it take to run a planning project effectively?
  • In theory, planners should be excellent project managers – but that doesn’t mean it’s always so. What does it take to run a planning project effectively?
  • As a planner, you have to juggle a great many demands on your time. Chrissie Gibson of training and town planning consultancy Connectivity Associates shares her tips for managing these demands while remaining effective
  • Becoming recognised as an ‘expert’ within your profession can be invaluable to advancing your career, opening up new opportunities and aiding promotion. But in a profession as broad as planning, how do you go about it? Martha Harris collected tips from planners to help you on your way
  • Becoming recognised as an ‘expert’ within your profession can be invaluable to advancing your career, opening up new opportunities and aiding promotion. But in a profession as broad as planning, how do you go about it? Martha Harris collected tips from planners to help you on your way
  • What are the attributes a planner needs to be recognised for advancement?
  • What are the attributes a planner needs to demonstrate to be recognised for advancement?
  • It can sometimes be uncomfortable to raise the subject of money, but put simply ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’. You just need to approach and ask in a positive constructive manner.
  • Most of us would rather avoid negotiating a pay rise if possible. But if you are planning to ask for an increase, it's worth calculating your approach beforehand.
  • From everyday interactions to complex deals, negotiation is a crucial skill. Read our expert tips and find out how to apply them in planning negotiations
  • Reports are planners’ bread and butter.You don’t have to be Shakespeare to write a good one, but you do need a clear framework, a lively style and a capacity to write crisp analysis. We share five tips to enable you to be the toast of town planning when putting pen to paper.
  • Speaking in public is never likely to top a planner’s list of enjoyable work activities – standing up in a packed council chamber to put the case for or against an application is a nerve-wracking experience for many. Trevor Morton explains how to lessen the nerves and improve performance.
  • Are you an experienced chartered town planner seeking a new way to work? Would you like to combine higher earnings with more freedom?
  • What does it take to be a leader in planning? Here's part 2 of of out two-part feature
  • What does it take to be a leader in planning? Martha Harris talks to planning professionals about the qualities of good leaders
  • As the average recruiter takes just six seconds to make an initial decision on a CV, deciding what to include can be difficult. How can you make sure yours makes the right impact?
  • As the average recruiter takes just six seconds to make an initial decision on a CV, deciding what to include can be difficult. How can you make sure yours makes the right impact?
  • As the average recruiter takes just six seconds to make an initial decision on a CV, deciding what to include can be difficult. How can you make sure yours makes the right impact?
  • As the average recruiter takes just six seconds to make an initial decision on a CV, deciding what to include can be difficult. How can you make sure yours makes the right impact?
  • The second Planner Career Development Guide is out now, and we’re excited to share the insight collated in its pages with our readers.