Professional skills

  • Opinion: Planning - a career to be nurtured
    Why is a planning career worthwhile? Because it makes a positive difference to people's lives, says England's chief planner Steve Quartermain.
  • More than half of planners are happy with pay, conditions and opportunities for development – but a significant minority register dissatisfaction in The Planner’s 2018-19 Careers Survey, reports Simon Wicks.
  • More than half of planners are happy with pay, conditions and opportunities for development – but a significant minority register dissatisfaction in The Planner’s 2018-19 Careers Survey, reports Simon Wicks.
  • More than half of planners are happy with pay, conditions and opportunities for development – but a significant minority register dissatisfaction in The Planner’s 2018-19 Careers Survey, reports Simon Wicks.
  • We've come across a few good apps time at planners this year. Here's a small selection
  • Serena Ralston speaks to four planners about how they became planners.
  • Why do some job adverts get better responses than others? Follow our quick guide to writing an effective recruitment advert so that you maximise your responses.
  • Here's The Planner's guide to networks, groups and initiatives aimed at women working in the built environment.
  • A variety of built environment awards are handed out every year by organisations such as the RTPI and RIBA. Is this just backslapping, or are there genuine benefits to be gained from entering projects for awards? David Blackman weighs up the pros and cons.
  • How – and why – do some planners make the step into self-employment and build their own business as an independent consultant? Tim Ferguson of Ferguson Planning tells his story.
  • With such a volume of information available to planners nowadays, it's essential to be aware of the pitfalls data can present
  • Volunteering to foster interest in planning in schools can be both professionally and personally rewarding. Martha Harris looks at education programmes that planners can deliver.
  • Volunteering to foster interest in planning in schools can be both professionally and personally rewarding. Martha Harris looks at education programmes that planners can deliver.
  • Volunteering to foster interest in planning in schools can be both professionally and personally rewarding. Martha Harris looks at education programmes that planners can deliver.
  • A variety of built environment awards are handed out every year by organisations such as the RTPI and RIBA. Is this just backslapping, or are there genuine benefits to be gained from entering projects for awards? David Blackman weighs up the pros and cons.
  • With such a volume of information available to planners nowadays, it's essential to be aware of the pitfalls data can present.
  • Lindsay Richards, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s new head of school of architecture, built & natural environment wants to encourage more women to take up careers in construction.
  • Presentations are a key part of the planning professional’s skill set, says Rachel Miller. Done well, they can win the hearts and minds of your audience, whether you are presenting to clients, addressing a conference, or speaking at a local community hall
  • Presentations are a key part of the planning professional’s skill set, says Rachel Miller. Done well, they can win the hearts and minds of your audience, whether you are presenting to clients, addressing a conference, or speaking at a local community hall
  • Teamwork is an essential ingredient for success in planning. At the 2017 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence three organisations were recognised for their exemplary team building. Matt Moody asked them how they did it