What the Gig? Private Practice Today

What You'll Learn

  • Examine what has changed the ways that planners work.
  • Explore different types of gig work in the context of planning.
  • Learn strategies for finding gig work in planning.

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A "silver tsunami" of retirements is drastically reshaping the government workforce, and typical recruiting efforts won’t always deliver the talent government agencies need. We don't know yet what effects the COVID-19 pandemic may mean for planners' employment prospects. A "gig workforce" of qualified professionals — retirees, stay-at-home parents, young professionals, and displaced planners — are seeking gigs to supplement their incomes, continue in their profession while caring for kids and parents, or to launch their careers.

The “Gig for Government” trend provides options for local government to tap into professional expertise in different ways, too. Local governments are hiring on-call professionals, fractional and part-time professionals, and temporary workers to fill gigs as the work ebbs and flows or as special projects arise within their agencies. The result is a dynamic environment for consulting in the planning industry.

Speakers will share their experience in private practice from the perspectives of project-based consulting work such as comprehensive plan assignments; specialty projects such as zoning and sign codes; and short-term consulting such as on-call staff support, temporary assignments, and fractional roles.


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