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 third year Northeastern student Molly Osmulski.
Charlotte, NC is often thought of as the ‘city of bankers’ – hosting the headquarters of Bank of America as well as many major Wells Fargo offices, it is the second largest banking center in the country, trailing only NYC. But that’s not all it is. Charlotte also boasts large healthcare, insurance and energy industries. There are 14 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Carolina, with 8 in the Charlotte area including Duke Energy, Mctron Technologies, Nucor and Clariant Corp.
According to the Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte has added over 30 jobs per day over the last decade. Not only can you find a job in Charlotte, but you can find an engaging career – Forbes ranked Charlotte #1 on its list of “10 Cities with the Best Employee Engagement.” Also, your hard earned money will go further in Charlotte – the cost of living is 1.3% below the national average, which is a welcome change from Boston’s rates.
Several Northeastern students have co-oped in Charlotte including industrial engineering grad student Sahil Shah who’s currently working at Siemens Energy. Sahil shared that,
“Charlotte has definitely been a great experience in terms of my co-op as well as the city experience. It is a bit laid back compared to the ever-vibrant atmosphere in Boston, but very peaceful…and the temperatures here are also very pleasant compared to Boston’s terrible winter.”
And if you’re worried about blazing a trail to Charlotte, Northeastern has a big presence there already with a Regional Campus in Charlotte that just celebrated it’s 5th anniversary. The campus offers graduate programs to serve the region’s unique industry needs in areas such as health informatics, project management, leadership, education, and business. Additionally, there is an alumni community in Charlotte which would welcome you with open arms.
So, why else should you consider Charlotte? Just a few more reasons…
Food and Drink:
- Enjoy some famous Carolina BBQ and fried cornbread
- Eat some Southern comfort food – Mert’s Heart and Soul is a local institution
- Sample all the best fried pickles in Charlotte (this could take a while)
- Explore the Charlotte craft beer scene at one of the many breweries and cideries
- See art from around the globe at the Mint museum
- Check out the NASCAR Hall of Fame
- Explore greek culture at Yiasou! Greek Festival, one of the largest cultural festivals in the city
- Enjoy free jazz concerts in the summer at Freedom Park
- Stroll along the Charlotte Liberty Walk and see 15 historical sites
- Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
- Hike Crowders Mountain – it’s a challenging hike, but the views from the Pinnacle are worth it
- Visit the Common Market
- Root for the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets
- Go rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
Job Opportunities – log into NUcareers today to apply!
- The Allstate Corporation Infrastructure Engineer; Service Engineer
- Aetna Manager, Medical Underwriting
- American International Group (AIG) IT Project Manager, Corporate Systems
- Red Ventures Software Engineer, Data Science; Staff Accountant; Sr.Digital Marketing Analyst
- Impact Financial Systems Business Analyst/Engagement Manager; Support Engineer
- Pfizer Professional Healthcare Representative
- Twenty-First Century Fox News Producer; Highlights Coordinator, On-Air Promotions
- Tresata Data Engineer
- Capital Bank Treasury Management Officer; Senior Commercial Loan Officer
- Avidxchange Staff Accountant – Treasury
- PassportParking Software Engineer; iOS Developer
- Sonic Automotive Business Systems Analyst; Monitoring Engineer; Inventory Consultant
- Command Partners PPC Manager; Website Developer
Coming up in early 2017: Beyond the Green Line – Denver, CO!
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 works part time at the Northeastern Career Development office and has previously completed a co-op at Travel + Leisure Magazine in NYC and has studied abroad at the London School of Economics. When she is not studying or searching for her next co-op, she loves travelling, thrift shopping and trying new foods. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.