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Emerging Professional Planners Gather to Hone Skills in Ventura County

EPP in Ventura CountyThursday, February 28, 2019

A small group gathered at Brendan’s Irish Pub in Camarillo to participate the Emerging Professional Planners’ (EPP) first speed interviewing event. The event’s objective was to provide an opportunity for students and early career planners to sharpen their interview skills and get feedback from experienced professionals from the Ventura County area.

Once the event got underway, each interviewee was paired with a guest panelist before beginning a series of fast-pasted mock interviews. During each interview, the interviewees responded to as many questions as they are able to within a designated period. Following each interview period, the pair held a short debrief before the interviewees rotated to the next panelist.

California Lutheran University graduate student Joel Hayes stated that “it was a pleasure to be able to interview with professionals who have years of experience and asked great questions that were insightful and relevant.”

Guest panelists for the event included Steve DeGeorge (Planning and Technology Director, Ventura County Transportation Commission), Jim O’Tousa (County Geologist, Ventura County Public Works Agency), and Sandy Smith (Land Use Consultant, Sespe Consulting and Adjunct Professor, California Lutheran University).

The EPP group is part of APA California’s Central Coast Section which provides professional development opportunities for students and early career planners in the form of networking, events, and guidance between experienced planners and EPP participants.

 Are you a student or new to planning? Get in touch with one of our EPP Officers, their contact information is at centralcoastapa.org/board-of-directors

Written by Clay Downing

Sunday, March 3, 2019 (All day)

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