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.

 

Planning in the Present

Ever think of what’s going to happen next? Whether it be that graduation is upon you in a few months or you’ve finished up an employment position and are unsure of where to go next, the future can be a terrifying place. But we have the present to make plans, to determine what is we want to do, and what direction we’re interested in moving in.

Decide if you enjoyed what you’ve done. If so, keep at it! Find a job, degree program, or simply keep at it. If you love what you’re doing, it won’t be too hard to find something you want to do. But if you aren’t in love with your job, your studying, or an aspect of your life, it can seem impossible to make that change. But you can.

Research, research, research. We live in a world dominated by the internet, meaning we actually have access to tons of information at the touch of our fingertips. Take some time to explore the options out there for you. It might be continuing education, a start-up you’re interested in, or a new job posting that caught your eye. There’s a wealth of knowledge out there about fields we may have never known existed, so take advantage of the internet and do some research.

Don’t put your eggs in one basket. As great as it is to be confident in one’s future, putting all of your eggs in one basket can (not in all cases) backfire. It’s natural to have some variety, which can help ground our future. A back-up plan makes us able to chase our dreams without worry. Put the effort in to apply to more than one program, job, location. It’ll not only give you extra experience interviewing, but you might actually find an opportunity you would not have considered otherwise.

The future is a scary and unknown place, but with a little of planning in the present, it doesn’t have to be.

The Career Paths Your Advisor Forgot About

questionThe field of physician assistant (PA) studies has been cited among the fastest-growing careers (38% in the next ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and was named by Forbes as the “#1 Best Master’s Degree for Jobs” in 2012.  But when I sought help in planning my path to becoming a PA, my university’s health professions adviser told me, “We’ll learn about this together.”  There can’t be a framework in place for every possible career, but figuring out the path doesn’t have to be difficult.

Find others with similar plans.  The first real companion I found was a friend from high school who was applying to become a physical therapist.  We were both used to having to defend our career choice; each of us had the experience of people asking, “But why don’t you want to be a doctor?”  With that off the table, we were able to get into the details of what we were excited about, what we were unsure about, and why we were going into our chosen fields.  A supportive environment makes the rough parts a little smoother.

Reach out.  Really, really reach out.  It may be hard to find people to shadow or meet with.  I was able to shadow one of the PAs who worked with my aunt, but after that, I didn’t know how to find others.  The shadowing program set up through my university had plenty of alumni who were doctors, but not a single PA.  Desperate for more contact, I emailed the state physician assistant association and asked for help.  Not long after, a representative emailed me a list of PAs who would be willing to take me on for a day.  I attended a program for emergency medical technicians to shadow emergency room physicians, and when the doctor found out I was applying to PA school, he found me one of his PA colleagues to work with instead.  Take every opportunity, and do everything you can to create them.

Don’t be afraid of nontraditional resources.  There was no organization for pre-PA students at my university, so I went to a few meetings of the fledgling pre-nursing group to figure out where I could take my prerequisite courses. There wasn’t a lot of information relevant to me, but there was enough to get me started.  And just as there are study guides for every possible standardized test, there are “how to get into school” books for nearly every career.  Working from those books and scanning over message boards ultimately got me all the information I needed to put together a successful application.

Mariah Swiech Henderson is a first-year student in Northeastern’s Physician Assistant Studies program. She can be reached at henderson.mar@husky.neu.edu with any questions about working in healthcare and applying to/attending PA school.