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.

 

Conference Days and Cat Cafes: Three Days in Belgium

 

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As someone whose eyes used to glaze over every time she attempted to read an academic article, I never thought I’d co-op as a research assistant, let alone attend an academic conference and enjoy myself. To my surprise, that’s exactly what happened when I attended the Conference on Multilingualism in Ghent, Belgium last September.

I had the opportunity to travel to COM 2016 with my colleagues in the psycholinguistics lab I’m currently working at in Germany. Since I’m trying to figure out whether a career in research is a good fit for me, attending the conference was the perfect way to get a feel for the scope of work being done in my area of interest, while also providing the opportunity for me to network with professionals in the field. However, I didn’t realize how truly shaping the experience would be, on both personal and professional levels.

The sheer range of ideas presented at the conference was mind-boggling. While the conference was centered around multilingualism, the presentations given stemmed from educational, social, developmental, and medical roots, reflecting the wide variety of stances from which multilingualism can be explored. Additionally, even if some presenters discussed the same topic, there was often a large range of opinions that emerged. The conference actually opened with what was noted as being a “heated discussion” between scholars in the field who had contrasting opinions about executive functions and the role they may play in the bilingual brain. Four speakers with varying opinions on that subject presented their talks, and the discussion that followed the presentations was way more intense than anything I expected to hear at an academic conference. I find that I rarely question the contents of academic articles because I assume whoever wrote them knows better about the area in question than I do. However, interactions like this taught me that questioning the research of others can be instrumental to making new discoveries and creating relevant debates within a field.

Attending this conference also made me realize how such a forum provides the perfect opportunity for networking. If you are especially interested in what some researchers are studying, attending their presentations allows you to learn more about their work, and catching them during one of the countless coffee breaks provides a perfect casual opportunity to connect with them. Additionally, speaking to other attendees about the work they and their colleagues do can serve as a great way to create contacts for yourself. For instance, after speaking to a postdoc from the University of London about my interest in sign language, she gave me the name of someone in her lab researching sign so I could look up her work and potentially contact her, a connection I never would have made without attending the conference.

Perhaps the most important thing I got out of the conference was the heightened ability to connect with the authors behind the research being presented. Since I often have a hard time relating to academic articles on a personal level, having ideas that would fall flat to me on a page be explained by the authors themselves made complex studies feel a lot more accessible. As much of the research I’m currently doing on co-op involves second-language processing (a topic relevant to multilingualism), it was cool to flip through my abstract booklet and realize that I had already read the work of several of the presenters; hearing what I had previously read be discussed brought me to a new level of clarification, which I gratefully brought back to Germany with me.

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Aside from all the insight I gained from this conference, it also afforded me the amazing opportunity to go to Belgium. Ghent was an especially charming city, as evidenced by the classic buildings and cat cafe I found while walking the streets. Plus, unwinding from a long day of presentations by eating a waffle on the edge of the River Leie became a go-to post-conference ritual. Both waffles and conference considered, I couldn’t have asked for a better three days in Belgium.

 

This blog was written by Nicolette Pire, a junior Combined Linguistics and English major. She is currently pursuing her second co-op as a research assistant in the psycholinguistics group at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. An aspiring polyglot, she’s using her first international experience to immerse herself in as many cultures as possible while sharing her international faux pas along the way. Feel free to reach out to her at pire.n@husky.neu.edu.

Beyond the Green Line: Austin, TX

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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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Austin Skyline

Two Fortune 500 companies (Whole Foods Market and Dell EMC) are headquartered in Austin and many others on the prestigious list have major Austin offices with many employees. This includes Apple which just this year built a brand new, 1.1 million square foot campus (bigger than it’s HQ!) in Northwest Austin and Google which leases a 200,000 sq. ft. office space.

It’s also a great time to move to Austin as it experiences unprecedented growth – 39,100 new jobs were created in Austin last year alone, mostly in the professional and business services sector, but spanning across a variety of areas including everything from technology and healthcare to education and entertainment.

High tech companies that have set up shop in town include Dell EMC, IBM, 3M, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Cirrus Logic, Cisco, Hoover’s, National Instruments, Sun Microsystems and United Devices.

The American Institute for Economic Research Report noted that many startups are drawn to Austin’s “vibrant” downtown area. Northeastern senior computer engineering student Eric Tseng co-oped at Dell EMC (formerly Dell) earlier this year in Austin and raved that, “Austin is a great city! The culture is constantly evolving, the tech scene is always growing, and the people are some of the friendliest I’ve ever met.”

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Downtown Austin

This fun, bright, diverse city has attracted over 20 Northeastern students for co-ops in the past year and also has an active Austin alumni network too. Also, if you’ve grown tired of the Boston weather, Austin has 300 sunny days a year and “cold” is considered temperatures in the high 50’s!

Now let’s explore what (other than great job prospects) makes Austin, Texas so amazing…

Food and Drink:

  • Daustin-bbq-txevour some of the country’s best BBQ, known for flavorful dry rubs
  • Have fresh, authentic Mexican food
  • Buy the freshest produce at one Austin’s many farmer’s markets
  • Austin has dozens of popular food trailers whose locations can be tracked

Culture:

  • Baylor Street art wall and the Cathedral of Junk 

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    SXSW Festival – one of MANY in Austin

  • Austin is the “live music capital of the world” with more live music venues per capita than anywhere else
  • If you like music festivals, you definitely won’t be bored: South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL), The Urban Music Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, the Pachange Festival
  • Hot sauce enthusiasts flock here annually for the Austin Chronicle Hot sauce festival

Activities:

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The Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake

  • Tour Deep Eddy Vodka distillery
  • Barton Springs Pool, Krause Springs
  • Canoe or kayak on Lady Bird Lake
  • Sometimes called “the city within a park,” there is no shortage of nature trails, lakes and wilderness preserves

 

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

  • Facebook Risk Operations Analyst; Partner Manager SMB
  • Hewlett Packard Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Analyst
  • Google Software Engineer, Android Applications
  • Texas Instruments Design Engineer
  • Intel Corporation HPC Cluster Systems Engineer
  • Electronic Arts BioWare Austin:Gameplay Programmer; Cloud Ops Analyst
  • iHeartMedia, Inc. Promotions Assistant; On Air Personality                                    
  • Cirrus Logic Product Engineer; Digital Design Engineer; Analog Design Engineer
  • Apple Business Data Analyst
  • Battlecry Studios Python Microservices Engineer; Gameplay Engineer
  • Advanced Micro Devices Enterprise Silicon Validation and Debug Engineer
  • BigCommerce Marketing Designer
  • HomeAway Content Designer

Coming up in two weeks: Beyond the Green Line – Charlotte, NC!

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 Charlotte 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.