Beyond the Green Line: Charlotte, NC

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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 third year Northeastern student Molly Osmulski.

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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

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    One of Mert’s Heart and Soul’s amazing dishes

  • 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

Culture:

  • See art from around the globe at the Mint museum
  • Check out the NASCAR Hall of Fame

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    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

Activities:

  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

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    Crowder’s Mountain summit views

  • 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 osmulski.m@husky.neu.edu.

 

Beyond the Green Line: Washington D.C.

 

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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 written by guest author third year Northeastern student Molly Osmulski.

Did you know that aside from being home to the President, our nation’s capital is the headquarters for 15 Fortune 500 companies including Capital One, Marriott International and Discovery Communications? Business Insider ranked Washington, D.C. the #1 “Top City for Educated Millennials.” It has seen the largest growth in its millennial population of any major U.S. city since 2008.washington-d-c

D.C. offers culture, diversity and plenty of government, professional and technical jobs. Last year, job growth in D.C. outpaced the country’s average with almost 30,000 new jobs in professional services added last year alone!

In 2016 alone, over 65 Northeastern students have co-oped in D.C. and many alumni are thriving there too – you can connect with them through the well-established D.C. Alumni network.

Wondering what your fellow huskies think about D.C.? Ask Divya Erram, a current Northeastern student and DC co-op connector working at Advoc8, and she’ll tell you:

            “Advoc8 has given me opportunities I never imagined, including attending and working at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this past summer, participating in event walkthroughs with our team in multiple states, and help[ing] d-c-studentcreate and order merchandise for political campaigns and companies.  I am especially lucky to have a co-op supervisor who is a Northeastern Alum, Ben Adams (‘15), who has really made a name for himself in the District and has become a role model to me. Because of this relationship, I have been able to see firsthand what a Northeastern Husky can accomplish in the real world.

 

I am currently considering options that would allow me to move back to Washington, D.C. once I graduate.  I truly believe that I have found a home here. Almost everyone here is a transplant from d-c-student-at-marketsomewhere else whether a different city, state, country, or continent which makes the city rich with culture, cuisine, and events. There is not a day that goes by without something to do and is a great place for any young professional.”

 

 

 

 

 

Divya Erram enjoying Union Market, an artisanal food market

Some other perks to D.C.? See below…

Food and Drink:

  • Try a Half Smoke at the iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl (even President Obama can’t resist)d-c-food
  • Grab lunch from one of the city’s many gourmet food trucks
  • Enjoy authentic wat and injera at an Ethiopian restaurants

Culture:

  • Welcome spring with the National Cherry Blossom Festival each year
  • Explore the world during Passport D.C. when all the city’s embassies and cultural d-c-cherry-blossom-nations-capitalorganizations hold open houses and special programming
  • Enjoy an opera or ballet at The Kennedy Center
  • Museum hop for days and check out the National Portrait Gallery, the National Air and Space Museum and the all the Smithsonians, among many, many others; if you prefer the less conventional, check out The Fridge, a DC gallery specializing in street art

Activities:

  • Go kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or even swan boating in the Potomac River
  • See a Redskins, Nationals or Wizards game
  • Pay tribute to our founders d-c-nationals-gameand visit all the city’s many monuments
  • Explore Theodore Roosevelt Island – great for fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing
  • See a free Friday night concert every week from May – September at Yards Park

 

Divya Erram at a Washington Nationals game with fellow NU students RoseMarie Kay, co-oping at the House of Representatives, and Dayo Hall, co-oping at International Law Institute

Feeling convinced? Below are some jobs to consider while you anxiously await our next Beyond the Green Line post on Austin, TX next week!

Job Opportunities – log into NUcareers to apply!

  • Capital One Associate, Commercial Specialty Underwriter, Healthcare Cash Flow
  • Defense Point Security Forensic Analyst
  • PublicRelay Media Analyst
  • National Public Radio Social Media Strategist
  • Advanced Simulation Technology Application Engineer; Embedded Software Engineer
  • Mapbox Mobile Support Developer, IOS; Information Security Engineer
  • American College of Cardiology Foundation Member Strategy Support Specialist; Senior Project Coordinator
  • Micropact Operations Business Analyst
  • National Cooperative Bank Credit Analyst, Commercial Real Estate
  • RAND Corporation Statistical Programmer
  • Social Tables Product Designer; Writer, Content & Editorial
  • RepEquity Account Coordinator; Business Development Associate

We want your feedback!

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 Austin 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 osmulski.m@husky.neu.edu.

 

Beyond the Green Line: Seattle

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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 written by guest author third year Northeastern student Molly Osmulski. 

With rankings like #1 on Business Insider’s “Top U.S. Cities for Culture,” #3 on Inc.com’s “Top 10 Cities for Milliennials” and  #7 on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Places to Live,” you may think we’re talking about New York or L.A. Nope! Our focus this month is on Seattle, home of 8 Fortune 500 companies, including giants like Microsoft, Amazon.com, Starbucks and Nordstrom.

Seattle has been seeing consistent, steady job growth in many markets and is beaming with opportunities for the young urban professional. Forbes even named it the “#1 Best City for Jobs in 2015” based on metrics like job opportunities, starting salaries, median wages and commute times.

 Not only does Northeastern have a significant Alumni network in Seattle, we also have AN ENTIRE GRADUATE CAMPUS there as well which offers flexible, local industry-aligned programs. Seattle is quite a draw – in fact, we’ve had over 100 students co-op in Seattle this year alone!  Check out some of the adventures they’ve had:

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Hiking to Hidden Lake Lookout in Washington: Rachel Anderson, Northeastern student on co-op at Seattle Corporate Search

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Exploring at Shi Shi Beach in Washington:  Northeastern students Rachel Anderson, on co-op at Seattle Corporate Search (left), and Caleb Tenenbaum, on co-op at Amazon Fresh (right)

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Northeastern co-op Teresa Tran and her supervisor Dave Liloia at Amazon Web Services

Dave Liloia of Amazon Web Services has managed 5 Northeastern co-ops including Teresa and shared, “Here at AWS, we’re constantly pushing the limits of what’s possible and experimenting with really interesting ideas. For example, we just started experimenting with IoT buttons to automate support requests from others in marketing, where else in the world do you get to do that?”

If amazing job opportunities and Northeastern alums aren’t enough to convince you? Here are a few more reasons…

Food and Drink:

  • You’ll never be at a loss for caffeine in Starbuck’s home city
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  • Order a bowl of pho at one of the many local Vietnamese restaurants
  • Have a pint at one of Seattle’s the many microbreweries – Washington is the top hops producer in the country!
  • Taste a Seattle Dog, they’re topped with cream cheese and caramelized onions
  • Try a scoop of Balsamic Strawberry or Honey Lavender ice cream at the famous Molly Moon’s

Culture:

  • Bumbershoot, one of the largest festivals in North America, held annually on Labor Day Weekend, features some of the biggest names in music -previous headliners include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and The Weeknd
  • Seattle International Film Festival (mid May-Early June) brings the best international and independent filmseattle-museum-of-flights to Seattle each year
  • Some of the many great museums include the Museum of Flight, Seattle Art Museum and the Frye Art Museum
  • You can take your best friend almost anywhere is one of the country’s most dog-friendly cities

Activities:

  • Check out Pike’s Place Market, often regarded as the best market in America (and home of the first Starbucks!)
  • Root for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners
  • Ride to the top of the Seattle Space Needle, built for the 1962 World’s Fair
  • Take a ferry to Vashon Island to buy produce directly from family farms or go berry picking on nature preserves
  • Have a picnic or bonfire in Discovery Park, the city’s largest park (534 acres and 12 miles of walking trails!)

Worried about all that infamous Seattle rain? Don’t be – Boston, New York, and Houston are all among the 43 U.S cities that get more annual rainfall than Seattle. Still not convinced? Here’s 15 more reasons: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/purewow/15-reasons-why-you-should_b_9290190.html

Job Opportunities – log into NUcareers through your MYNEU to apply!

  • Amazon.com Software Development Engineer Full-time and Summer Intern; International Retail Financial Analyst
  • Payscale, Inc. Account Executive, Small Business; Account Development Representative
  • Russell Investments Consultant
  • Dropbox Software Engineer University Grad; Software Engineer Intern; Product Manager
  • Apple Software Engineer, Infrastructure Engineering
  • Pitchbook Data, Inc. Recruiting Coordinator; Customer Service Associate
  • The Boeing Company Business Intelligence Analyst; Data Scientist
  • Nordstrom Software Development Engineer – (UI Fullstack)
  • TUNE, Inc. Software Development Engineer; Account Manager (fluency in Mandarin required.)

                   Coming up Next Week: Beyond the Green Line – Washington, D.C.

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 D.C. 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 traveling, thrift shopping and trying new foods. You can contact her at osmulski.m@husky.neu.edu.