BEYOND THE GREEN LINE 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.
DID YOU KNOW that several big cities across the country recently saw a huge uptick in their numbers of young college-educated professionals? Did you know that San Francisco was number 1 on Forbes list of America’s 20 Best Cities for Young Professionals in 2016? Also, there are over 30 Fortune 500 companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. You may have heard of some of them: Apple; Facebook; Netflix; and Cisco to name a few. Some other big employers in the area? FitBit, Uber, Airbnb, Workday, Zenefits and Google to name a few.
It’s exciting to see also that the labor market is doing well — in the last year, there were 41,000 new jobs created in San Fran and San Mateo counties. And in case you didn’t know, Northeastern students aren’t new to the Bay Area. Since 2015 alone, over 320 students have had co-ops there. As a university, we’ve got a footprint in the area, having recently opened a Silicon Valley hub which offers graduate classes and potential for experiential education opportunities in collaboration with San Jose company, IDT. All this, AND there’s a Northern California alumni community for your networking convenience.
Northeastern Alum Greg Skloot, VP of Growth at Netpulse in San Fran, conveyed his love for the area, saying:
“San Francisco is an incredible place to come after graduation. It is the epicenter of technology innovation and entrepreneurship. From small startups to the most successful tech companies in the world like Google, there is something here for everyone.”
Why else do students go there? See for yourself…
Food and Drink
- Dishes created in San Fran — The Joe’s Special from Original Joe’s; Hangtown Fry
- Additional Local food delights: Dungeness Crab; Sourdough bread; food from Chinatown
- Want some history? Anchor Brewing Company prides itself on being America’s first and oldest craft brewery.
- Eclectic mix of architecture and beautiful landmarks including Golden Gate Bridge; Fisherman’s Wharf; San Francisco Chinatown — the largest Chinatown outside of Asia
- San Francisco International Film Festival — one of the longest running film festivals in the Americas — 2wks; 200 films from 50 countries; 70,000 attendees
- SF Sketchfest — where you’ll see performers from SNL, the Simpsons, Arrested Development, etc.
- San Francisco Opera Company is 180 years old and the second largest opera company in the country
- Avid sports fan? Take your pick: San Francisco 49’ers or Giants; Oakland A’s or Raiders; and San Jose Sharks
- Feeling outdoorsy? The weather makes it easy to be outside and be active — surf at Ocean Beach; kayak to Angel Island for some great trails; and/or try hang-gliding at Fort Funston
- Dogs — always wanted one? San Fran LOVES them and people are out and about with their pups at all hours of the day
- Bay to Breakers — a 12k race that engages and entertains locals – costumes are encouraged for runners!
Job Opportunities – log into NUcareers through your MYNEU to apply!
Co-op Connections – info on housing, transportation, Northeastern networking events in SF
Coming up Next Week– Beyond the Green Line – New York City
We want your feedback!
Feel free to leave us a comment if there’s anything we’ve missed or particular cities you’d like us to profile. Also, we’ll let you know in each post the next city we’ll be profiling, so you can email us photos of you in that area to potentially be included in the post! Send over your NYC photos now!
This post was authored by Melissa Croteau. Melissa is an Assistant Director of Employer Relations at Northeastern University where she focuses on initiating new and broadening existing employer relationships with a goal of increased full time, internship and co-op hiring of students as well as greater employer engagement within the broader Northeastern community. She just celebrated 5 years of working at Northeastern where she also earned her Master’s in Higher Education Administration in 2013. When she’s not chatting up employers, she enjoys singing in a 100-person choral group, hiking, and exploring the MFA.
Photos submitted courtesy of Nicole Darrough, San Francisco Co-op Connector and 4th Year marketing student currently on co-op at Netpulse.
Nicole is a student co-oping at Netpulse. She loves traveling, photography, fitness, and anything outdoors. More importantly, She has danced with Ellen Degeneres (forever in my bio). Although she is from San Diego, this is her first time being in San Francisco, and is super excited to explore it!
BTGL SF Sources:
San Francisco Employment Development Dept. Labor Mkt Info Division