As a corollary to the previous question covered from a 2014 survey of ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks (PPNs)—What’s one thing you wish you knew when you started your career?—PPN members were also asked: If you could change one thing about your job or career path, what would it be?
On a heartening note, around 10 percent of respondents said they would change nothing:
“50 years have flown by and my career path, which has evolved in several paths over the period, is still fun.”
“I’ve done the types of projects that I’ve wanted to, I founded a successful firm. We do great work for good clients.”
“The eight years I spent in the private sector helped me succeed in the public sector where I am today.”
“I actually did just change the ‘one thing.’ I just started my own studio.”
Almost anyone can relate to many of the other answers given, including requests to “add more time” and “I wish I didn’t have to worry about making money.” However, many responses were specific to landscape architecture, and a few recurring ideas are highlighted below.