Job Title: Graduate Planner
Place of Work: Wicklow County Council
Education/Training: Undergraduate: Early and Modern Irish Studies (BA) TCD Postgraduate: Regional and Urban Planning (Masters) UCD
I grew up during the Celtic Tiger witnessing significant changes in the built environment in my home town. This made me curious to understand the planning process. I studied Early and Modern Irish in Trinity College before deciding to pursue a career in planning, later enrolling in the two-year Masters of Regional and Urban Planning in University College Dublin. I began my career in the private sector working in planning consultancy. I am currently working as a Graduate Planner in Wicklow County Council. My top tip for future planners would be to follow planning activity in your local area alongside your studies, or beforehand. By looking at planning application documentation and following the process of making a development plan, you will get a feel for what the job entails.
Job Title: Assistant Planner
Place of Work: Tipperary County Council
Education/Training: Undergraduate: Economics and Geography (BA) UCC, Postgraduate: Planning and Sustainable Development (Masters) UCC
My interest in planning developed during my time in secondary school. I had a really engaging geography teacher and I became more interested in the built environment and place-making. I always knew I did not want the standard office type job with limited personal interaction because having a role working with different groups of people was very important to me which is a major part of being a planner. My third level education was in University College Cork where I completed a BA in Economics and Geography and then a Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development. When I graduated I worked initially as a Student Planner and then Graduate Planner with Carlow County Council before taking up the position of Assistant Planner with Tipperary County Council. My top tip for planners is to be brave and seize every opportunity. Planning, like any career does not come without its challenges, however, it is exciting and fulfilling.
I always had a general interest in planning and the built environment, however, it was a chat with a family friend, who is a professional planner that raised my awareness of planning as a potential career path. The potential to have an impact on real world problems is one of the main reasons why I opted to study planning. I completed my undergraduate in Spatial Planning at TU Dublin in 2022. During the course of my studies I was able to get a grasp of spatial planning both theoretically and practically. I am currently working as a Graduate Planner with Wicklow County Council. My top tip for future planners would be to network, travel and be open to further education and learning throughout your career.
I have always been interested in planning, and the connection between human geography and urban development. This inspired me to pursue a career in planning. I commenced my planning studies with a Bachelor’s degree in Planning at University College Dublin, followed by a Master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning at the same university. I began my career in the private sector, working as a Graduate Planner, and after gaining valuable experience, I progressed to my current role as an Assistant Planner with South Dublin County Council. My top tip for future planners would be to embrace collaboration and cross-departmental communication, to foster strong relationships with your colleagues and to value the perspectives of various disciplines and expertise to ensure well-rounded, effective decision-making.
I have a keen interest in how spaces are transformed into places. The creation of places and the impact that the public realm has on the overall character and vitality of these settings has always astonished me. After I completed my BA in Geography and Economics in UCC, I went straight into the Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development. While I was studying in UCC I had an opportunity to work in the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council, over the course of four summers, and I worked alongside many planners. This gave me invaluable experience and helped to me recognise the importance of teamwork and how interconnected varying disciplines are, particularly in the planning world. I currently work as a Graduate Planner with Cork County Council. My top tip for future planners would be to explore different parts of the world to gain an understanding of planning practices across the globe.
I was always interested in space and buildings, but I discovered, through my local council, that there’s a lot more to planning and that it plays a major role in shaping our communities. I researched planning as a career, and I realised the wide range of opportunities that exist for planning graduates. I studied fine art in the NCAD as my undergraduate degree, and I then did the two-year MRUP course at UCD. After graduating I worked in private practice, before taking up my current role in the public sector. I currently work as a Graduate Planner with Fingal County Council. My top tip for future planners is to keep an open mind about your career. It’s really good to experience planning from both sides (private and public sector). The experience you get from working is very different from college but in a good way!
Job Title: Assistant Planner
Place of Work: Kerry County Council
Education/Training: Undergraduate: Geography and English (BA) UCC, Postgraduate: Planning and Sustainable Development (Masters) UCC
I first became interested in planning as an undergraduate while studying geography in UCC. I was always interested in the environment and particularly how planning could improve the vibrancy of rural areas. I also had a keen interest in the housing crisis, and this was a major factor in choosing a career in planning. I completed a Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts in UCC, where I studied Geography and English. Following this, I completed the Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development in UCC. I worked in private practice initially but I am currently working as an Assistant Planner with Kerry County Council. My top tip for future planners would be to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible. Planning has many specialties and is always moving forward so having an open mind is helpful.
My interest in planning stemmed from my love of geography in secondary school. I was passionate about the built and natural environment and I wanted to pursue a career that was aligned with my interests. I studied the BSc in Spatial Planning in Technological University Dublin. I completed my student placement with the Southern Regional Assembly and I am currently on Uisce Éireann‘s ‘Cross Industry Graduate Programme’. My top tip for future planners would be to work collaboratively with people across the sector and to network and build relations with your peers. Working in planning is exciting and there are endless opportunities available to work in diverse areas.