Getting Out Of Your Own Way

“Note that this journey is uniquely yours, no one else’s. So the path has to be your own. You cannot imitate somebody else’s journey and still be true to yourself. Are you prepared to honor your uniqueness in this way?” — Jon Kabat-Zinn

cutest-baby-animals-1Everyone has that one friend who we perceive has it all figured out. For some people, a path to their dream career is paved — they know what they want to do and how they’re going to get there. For others, like myself, the future is muddled and thoughts are murky; I have to keep reminding myself that’s okay.

When I get overwhelmed by the fear I’m going to work at my supposed-to-be-only-temporary retail job forever, I, first, literally tell myself to “shut up” and then I tear myself away from the anxiety about my seemingly already failed future to focus on the present moment. There are so many articles on Mindfulness (TIME magazine even released a wonderful special issue on it) you can find online, but here are some of my go-to methods for grounding myself.

Invest in the Process

You might need to rework how you frame your goals. My favorite TED talk is “Plug Into Your Hard-Wired Happiness” by Srikumar Rao. In those 18 minutes, Rao bestows upon us the wisdom that it is fulfilling to invest in the process of getting somewhere, rather than focusing on the outcome. The “If-Then” model of “if this happens, then I will be happy” is a failing one because if “this” does not happen, you won’t be happy; however, if you pride yourself on every step you take to reach the outcome (which exists only to serve as a guide), you’ll be content to succeed or fail, seeing the latter as the start of a new path that will take you somewhere unexpected yet rewarding.

Put It Out in the Universe

There’s something to be said for verbalization. Declare your intent to the universe! How else will it know what to send your way? I’ve kept a fortune from a fortune cookie in my wallet for years: “Greet the world every morning with curiosity and hope.” One mantra Northeastern career counselor Sabrina Woods suggested to me is, “I allow for my highest possible good.” You can also develop your own.

Get Over Others 

The only person who has the privilege of living your life is you. So why let anybody else decide whether you’re doing something wrong? Stop comparing yourself to others. Why let other people impact that way you perceive yourself? Don’t allow someone else’s successes to be a measure of your own happiness. In order to find happiness, you must realize that you, yourself, are worthy of happiness.

Even though you might not be where you want to, keep the faith that when you invest in the process, you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be.

 

A graduate of Northeastern with a degree in English, Ashley used to be the News Director and a DJ for WRBB 104.9 FM, the university’s student-run radio station. When she’s not working at Apple, she writes for music blogs and builds her marketing portfolio. Informational interviews, cooking and rock & roll are some of her favorite things. Tell her what you’re listening to via Twitter @amjcbs or connect with her on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/amjcbs).

 

 

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.