Beyond the Green Line: Los Angeles, CA

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BEYOND THE GREEN LINE is a blog series featured on the Northeastern University Career Development Blog, ‘The Works.’  Each post highlights a major city and gives you an inside look at the local food, culture, music scene, the industries that are thriving there, and some current job openings in the area.’

This post authored by Career Development Contractor, Melissa Glaser Rubin and third year Northeastern student, Molly Osmulski.

Did you know that 13 of the 2016 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the City of Angels? These include big names like Walt Disney Co., Farmers Insurance Exchange and Live Nation Entertainment. Major industries in L.A. include entertainment, aerospace, tourism and technology. Following the 2008 recession, L.A. county saw a 9.9% job market growth rate between 2010 and 2014 and this trend has continued.

Unlike some of the smaller cities we have profiled, Los Angeles is a major metropolitan area and the second largest U.S. city by population. With the diversity of people, culture and each neighborhood, you’re bound to find a place for you. As the entertainment capital of the world, there is no shortage of things to do, creative people to meet and celebrities to bump into

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Jonas Polin at the Jerry Maguire Video Store

Though across the country from Boston, the Northeastern Southern California Alumni Network is very active and frequently hosts events in both LA and San Diego.  Over 190 NU students have co-oped there in the past year, including Jonas Polin who declared that ““What I love most about LA is all the events that wouldn’t exist in any other city.”  Janine Eduljee, another current co-op student and NBC News Production Intern exclaims “There is no shortage of amazing things to do in LA, from museums to outdoor hikes (not to mention excellent nightlife). Days off from co-op are usually spent exploring all this city has to offer. Last weekend I got the opportunity to visit the beautiful Descanso Gardens and see the gorgeous camellia festival – talk about a perfect day!”

Janine Eduljee enjoying the sunshine at the beautiful Descanso Gardens

Want to know more?

Food and Drink:

  • Order a double double at In and Out 
  • Explore the vibrant restaurant scene, with many top places run by celebrity chefs
  • Go to The Farmers Market for 85 shops and restaurants
  • There are taco trucks everywhere, so quick, delicious Mexican food is never far away

 

Culture:

  • L.A. has more museums than any other city in America, so you’ll need some time to see them all
  • The TCL Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame may be touristy, but they are a must
  • Go to the theatre – there are more annual productions in L.A. than anywhere else in the world

 

 

Activites

  • Root for the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, Sparks and Kings
  • Shop on Rodeo drive
  • Bike the strand
  • She a show at the Hollywood bowl
  • Hike or horseback ride in Griffith Park
  • Go people-watching on Venice beach
  • Universal Studios and DisneyLand! (obviously)

 

Job Opportunities – log into NUcareers to apply!

Companies and Opportunities:

20th Century Fox:  IT Business Analyst: Xytech Systems

AECom Technology Corporation: Digital Graphic Designer

Cornerstone OnDemand: Analyst, Global Product Support;  Learning Experience Designer

Hulu: Campaign Manager;     Ad Sales Research Analyst, Audience Measurement and Analytics

Jumpcut Studios: Front-End Engineer;  Product Designer

Live Nation Entertainment: Software Engineer;   Social Media Specialist

Molina Healthcare: Research Analyst

Service Titan: Product Designer;  Product Marketing Manager, Competitive Intelligence

Ticketmaster: Coordinator, Customer Engagement Marketing

Tradesy: Customer Support Representative

Walt Disney:  Financial Analyst – Disney Parks and Resorts;  Administrative Assistant – Photography and Visual Communications

ZestFinance: Software Engineer

 

Additional Companies:

CBRE Group, Inc.

Farmers Insurance

Health Net

Oaktree Capital Group, LLC

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.

Smashbox Cosmetics

SpaceX

 

Coming up Soon: Beyond the Green Line – Philadelphia, PA!

We want your feedback!

Feel free to leave us a comment if there’s anything we’ve missed or a particular city you’d like us to profile.  If you’d like to have your photos considered for the next post, send over your Denver photos now!

This post was authored by Molly Osmulski, a third year Northeastern student. Molly is working toward a degree in Marketing with a minor in International Affairs. She is currently co-oping at Sanofi Genzyme and has previously completed a co-op at Travel + Leisure Magazine in NYC. She has also studied abroad at the London School of Economics and loves travelling, thrift shopping and trying new foods. You can contact her at osmulski.m@husky.neu.edu.

 

Sources:

http://www.forbes.com/places/ca/los-angeles/

http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/culture/museums-galleries

http://www.dailynews.com/business/20160526/where-does-los-angeles-county-rank-in-job-growth-across-the-nation

http://www.builtinla.com/2015/08/05/top-100-tech-companies-la

So, Why Do You Want To Be A Nurse?

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It’s the most common question any nursing major will receive during the interview process, whether for school or for co-op positions. “Why do you want to be a nurse” is ubiquitous, and with good reason. Your answer says a lot about you and your motivations, not to mention where your passion lies. I’ve heard many variations on a theme in the answers to this question, ranging from sincere to predictable and fake. Here are the two best ways to answer this question if you find yourself without a “classic” response!

1.       The Heartfelt Approach

If you became a nurse because of a personal experience, this answer is for you! For example, if you spent time in the hospital when you were young due to your own illness or a relative’s, and that’s where you discovered your passion, your answer will come across as genuine and give the interviewer a great idea of who you are. But beware! This way of answering can backfire if you stretch too hard to make a connection. If you didn’t have an epiphany in the midst of a medical crisis, please don’t try to make one up. You will just come across as phony, and nurses can spot an exaggerated story a mile away.

Example: “When I was twelve, my best friend John was diagnosed with cancer. I visited him every day in the hospital and found myself fascinated by how the nurses cared for him. They saw him more than the doctors did and always took the time to make sure he was doing OK. I knew then that I wanted to be a nurse someday so I could help people the way my friend was helped.”

2.       The Realistic Approach

Let’s face it, there are many benefits to nursing that have nothing to do with patient care. There’s the flexible scheduling, the many varied career paths and specialties, not to mention the job security. So if you became a nursing major for any of those reasons, good for you! These are perfectly valid reasons for entering the nursing profession. The problem, however, is that flat-out stating this in an interview makes you come across as caring only for the money, not the patients. Many interviewers see nursing as a lifelong passion, not “just a job,” so if the realistic approach is not taken tactfully, this answer could set a sour tone for the interview. One way to prevent this is to explain your evolving passion for nursing alongside your practical thinking, proving that you are pragmatic about your future career, but also have a passion for it.

Example: “I first applied to nursing school because I liked the flexibility involved in the profession and the job availability in my area. But now that I have been in nursing classes, I realize how much I love nursing in addition to all of the practical benefits it provides. I am excited about my career choice and couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else!”

My story mixes the two, and I’ve found that my answer works because it feels real. I always had a passion for science and taking care of others from a young age. I also really loved working with kids in summer camps and after school plays. When high school started and I began thinking about my career and college, nursing jumped out at me. When I volunteered at my local hospital, it all clicked for me. I loved making people feel better, and to me, the nurses were superheroes. The same spirit of discovery that I loved about science is at the heart of nursing as a profession. Being a pediatric nurse means caring for the whole family, not just the patient, and that appealed to me. I applied to NU Nursing and never looked back because I knew I had made the right choice and found my life’s passion.

No matter what your reasons are for entering nursing, just know that this one question does not define who you are or who you will be as a nurse! Whether you decided to be a nurse for the practical benefits or the emotional rewards, what matters most is what you do at the bedside for the patient every day.

Julia Thompson is a second year Nursing major in the Bouve College of Health Sciences. She works as a nursing assistant at South Shore Hospital and is currently on her first co-op at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is the secretary of the Northeastern University Student Nurses’ Association and is also involved with Bouve Fellows. Feel free to contact her at thompson.jul@husky.neu.edu with any questions. You can follow her on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/juliavthompson) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/juliavthompson).

The Slowdown: How to Maximize Your Downtime at Work

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In my work as a clinical assistant, there are times during my twelve hour shift where I cannot sit down due to the amount of work to be done, bustling from patient to patient in an effort to ensure everything gets done well and in a timely manner. But when patients are discharged and the unit activity slows to a crawl, the temptation to take out my phone and browse the Internet to kill time is strong, especially when other colleagues are also taking advantage of downtime to catch up on holiday shopping. But these slow times at work provide co-op students with several unique opportunities and should not be wasted. Here are my top tips to make downtime work to your advantage!

1.       Ask Questions!

In a field like nursing, knowledge is passed down in a generational way, with older nurses often eager to tell younger nurses about their experiences. I’ve found that waiting to ask questions about particular patient diagnoses until the unit is quiet allows for the nurse to give a more in-depth answer. This signals to them that you are interested in their opinions and are receptive to teaching, which could lead to greater opportunities for learning later. For example, a patient was admitted recently with a complicated diagnosis. The unit was bustling, so instead of asking the nurse about the situation while she was busy, I waited until a slower period. She eagerly explained the disease itself and also its treatment. Then, later on, she remembered my interest and asked if I wanted to watch a procedure being done on that patient. Now, she often invites me into the room to watch her work and will explain various aspects of her care to me. I have learned so much that I never would have known if I hadn’t used my downtime to ask questions.

2.       Offer Help!

There is nothing worse than seeing a colleague who has finished his or her work for the day sitting idly at the nurses’ station as you rush by, trying to keep your head above water. If everyone else is busy and you are not, offer your help! Even simple tasks like gathering supplies for a procedure or assisting with a complicated patient can ease the workload of your coworkers- and believe me, they’ll remember it! Helping your colleagues might seem like a no-brainer, but I have seen so many students answer calls for help with “But that’s not what I do” or simply sighing theatrically before giving aid. Don’t let your coworkers get to the point where they are interrupting your Facebook session to ask for your help- just offer it, no strings attached. They’ll be grateful and remember you as a dependable, motivated colleague.

3.       Do Something Extra!

When I first started my current job, I never thought I would end up being my pediatric unit’s resident arts and crafts provider. But early in the fall, my charge nurse asked if anyone wanted to decorate the unit for back to school season. None of the nurses enjoyed decorating and dreaded the task. Since I wasn’t busy, I volunteered for the task, and now I am responsible for adding cute holiday touches to our various decorations. There are owls dressed as elves next to colorful stockings and mittens with names of all our nurses on them. I’ll admit it, I might have gone overboard with the crafting! But now everyone on my unit knows me as the “cute crafts” girl, and visitors are always commenting on the new touches that are added every few weeks. Going above and beyond will always get you noticed, not to mention help you build relationships!

4.       Research, Research, Research!

One of my necessary items at work is paper and a pen for writing down illnesses, procedures, or equipment that I’ve never encountered. Then, during slow periods, I can search each one on Google, jotting down interesting facts or why a certain procedure might be done versus another. I also subscribe to several nursing and medical newsletters, and use the time to catch up on reading them. The information you gather from researching your field will serve you well in the workplace, making you informed and a valued team member. But it will also help you in classes by reinforcing what you are learning, and even adding context to the concepts outlined in class.

Overall, your downtime is a learning experience that should be valued. It is easy to look like a team player when everything is busy, but when things are slow it becomes painfully obvious when someone isn’t contributing their fair share. Raise your own personal bar, and you’ll find that you will get much more satisfaction out of your work! 

Julia Thompson is a second year Nursing major in the Bouve College of Health Sciences. She works as a nursing assistant at South Shore Hospital and is currently on her first co-op at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is the secretary of the Northeastern University Student Nurses’ Association and is also involved with Bouve Fellows. Feel free to contact her at thompson.jul@husky.neu.edu with any questions. You can follow her on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/juliavthompson) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/juliavthompson).