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  Denis Canty
It is challenging. But if you adopt the right attitude straight away it can be a lot easier. I would advise anyone to be a hard worker and maintain a positive attitude. Also be organised, right down to keeping notes. You start your career in college, not after it.
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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Engineer - Urban Planning

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Education
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Occupational Category

Architects & Town Planners

Also included in this category:

Architectural consultants; chartered architects

Number Employed:

4,100

Part time workers: 10%
Aged over 55: 2%
Male / Female: 68 / 33%
Non-Nationals: 19%
With Third Level: 96%
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At a Glance... header image

Advise on how land can be developed or conserved for the benefit of society. The work includes putting together plans that outline policies in areas such as housing, transport and the environment.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Hold public meetings with government officials, social scientists, lawyers, developers, the public, or special interest groups to formulate, develop, or address issues regarding land use or community plans.

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Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community use.

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Recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals.

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Design, promote, or administer government plans or policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, or transportation.

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Conduct field investigations, surveys, impact studies, or other research to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory, or physical factors affecting land use.

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Create, prepare, or requisition graphic or narrative reports on land use data, including land area maps overlaid with geographic variables such as population density.

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Assess the feasibility of proposals and identify necessary changes.

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Coordinate work with economic consultants or architects during the formulation of plans or the design of large pieces of infrastructure.

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Keep informed about economic or legal issues involved in zoning codes, building codes, or environmental regulations.

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Determine the effects of regulatory limitations on projects.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Developing Objectives and Strategies:  Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Systems Analysis:   Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
  Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 665 1300
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Irish Planning Institute
  Address: Floor 3, The Courtyard, 25 Great Strand St, Dublin 1.
  Tel: (01) 878 8630
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: The Royal Town Planning Institute (Irish Branch)
  Address: 38 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
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