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Senior Transport Planner - CIHT Member

How to become a Senior Transport Planner

Once you’ve completed a qualification that allows you to work in transport planning (like a degree or apprenticeship) you can gain work experience in the transport sector. One way to do this is by working for a local council, for example. Relevant experience like this will equip you with the skills to become a transport planner and also show employers that you have a strong interest in transport.

If you work for a local council, look out for internal opportunities in the planning department. You can also express an interest in taking your career in that direction to your manager.

If you choose to study at university, you can enhance your skills and qualifications by taking a Master’s degree course in transport planning which you can usually do part-time so you can gain experience within the sector and learn on your course at the same time.

Whichever career path you take, remember that the smallest opportunities can be the ones that open doors in the future. Day courses, work experience and attending conferences are just the tip of the iceberg. Making the most of “networking opportunities have helped in my career,” says CIHT member Melissa Vento, a senior transport planner with transport consultancy Odyssey Markides. “It also helps not to undersell skills from jobs you’ve taken in the past. Most skills you learn, for example, communicating with members of the public from working in a shop, are transferable and are valuable to employers.”

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