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Old 01-17-2014, 11:42 PM
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I am getting out of school in Florida, and hoping to possibly move to SLC for my first planning job.

Anyone have any leads?
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:46 AM
Location: Central City, SLC
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The market here is already over saturated. The U of U's planning program pumps out 10 masters graduates and 50 undergrads every year, and most current planners are only mid-career, not near retirement. Unless you have impressive experience, you'll never get in the door ahead of the locals who've held internships here...and even then, only 25% of them end up with planning jobs.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:32 AM
Location: North Monterey County
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My experience working in government is that they hire from the local schools.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:57 AM
Location: Salt Lake City/Las Vegas
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What I observed when in government service is you need to be on the inside to get the good jobs. Too many people want to come in at career-level pay, benefits and rank. Most start at the bottom and work their way into the position they want.

Both my wife and I started in government at the bottom (she as an intern) and it took both of us about five years to get into the positions we wanted.

My suggestion: Get into the agency you want to work with (or an allied agency) in a related field. Use that to learn the system, get some experience, and position yourself for the job you want.

Good luck.

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Old 01-19-2014, 07:28 PM
Location: Shingle Springs, CA
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One of my new colleagues in California just came from SLC. He says, at least for environmental work, jobs are non-existent there. He worked for a big non-profit/NGO.

As UTES said, you have to start at the bottom. Just get your foot in the door. And it is an inside thing. NETWORK!
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