Beyond the Green Line: Los Angeles, CA

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 Career Development Contractor, Melissa Glaser Rubin and third year Northeastern student, Molly Osmulski.

Did you know that 13 of the 2016 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the City of Angels? These include big names like Walt Disney Co., Farmers Insurance Exchange and Live Nation Entertainment. Major industries in L.A. include entertainment, aerospace, tourism and technology. Following the 2008 recession, L.A. county saw a 9.9% job market growth rate between 2010 and 2014 and this trend has continued.

Unlike some of the smaller cities we have profiled, Los Angeles is a major metropolitan area and the second largest U.S. city by population. With the diversity of people, culture and each neighborhood, you’re bound to find a place for you. As the entertainment capital of the world, there is no shortage of things to do, creative people to meet and celebrities to bump into

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Jonas Polin at the Jerry Maguire Video Store

Though across the country from Boston, the Northeastern Southern California Alumni Network is very active and frequently hosts events in both LA and San Diego.  Over 190 NU students have co-oped there in the past year, including Jonas Polin who declared that ““What I love most about LA is all the events that wouldn’t exist in any other city.”  Janine Eduljee, another current co-op student and NBC News Production Intern exclaims “There is no shortage of amazing things to do in LA, from museums to outdoor hikes (not to mention excellent nightlife). Days off from co-op are usually spent exploring all this city has to offer. Last weekend I got the opportunity to visit the beautiful Descanso Gardens and see the gorgeous camellia festival – talk about a perfect day!”

Janine Eduljee enjoying the sunshine at the beautiful Descanso Gardens

Want to know more?

Food and Drink:

  • Order a double double at In and Out 
  • Explore the vibrant restaurant scene, with many top places run by celebrity chefs
  • Go to The Farmers Market for 85 shops and restaurants
  • There are taco trucks everywhere, so quick, delicious Mexican food is never far away

 

Culture:

  • L.A. has more museums than any other city in America, so you’ll need some time to see them all
  • The TCL Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame may be touristy, but they are a must
  • Go to the theatre – there are more annual productions in L.A. than anywhere else in the world

 

 

Activites

  • Root for the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, Sparks and Kings
  • Shop on Rodeo drive
  • Bike the strand
  • She a show at the Hollywood bowl
  • Hike or horseback ride in Griffith Park
  • Go people-watching on Venice beach
  • Universal Studios and DisneyLand! (obviously)

 

Job Opportunities – log into NUcareers to apply!

Companies and Opportunities:

20th Century Fox:  IT Business Analyst: Xytech Systems

AECom Technology Corporation: Digital Graphic Designer

Cornerstone OnDemand: Analyst, Global Product Support;  Learning Experience Designer

Hulu: Campaign Manager;     Ad Sales Research Analyst, Audience Measurement and Analytics

Jumpcut Studios: Front-End Engineer;  Product Designer

Live Nation Entertainment: Software Engineer;   Social Media Specialist

Molina Healthcare: Research Analyst

Service Titan: Product Designer;  Product Marketing Manager, Competitive Intelligence

Ticketmaster: Coordinator, Customer Engagement Marketing

Tradesy: Customer Support Representative

Walt Disney:  Financial Analyst – Disney Parks and Resorts;  Administrative Assistant – Photography and Visual Communications

ZestFinance: Software Engineer

 

Additional Companies:

CBRE Group, Inc.

Farmers Insurance

Health Net

Oaktree Capital Group, LLC

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.

Smashbox Cosmetics

SpaceX

 

Coming up Soon: Beyond the Green Line – Philadelphia, PA!

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 is currently co-oping at Sanofi Genzyme and has previously completed a co-op at Travel + Leisure Magazine in NYC. She has also studied abroad at the London School of Economics and loves travelling, thrift shopping and trying new foods. You can contact her at osmulski.m@husky.neu.edu.

 

Sources:

http://www.forbes.com/places/ca/los-angeles/

http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/culture/museums-galleries

http://www.dailynews.com/business/20160526/where-does-los-angeles-county-rank-in-job-growth-across-the-nation

http://www.builtinla.com/2015/08/05/top-100-tech-companies-la

Boston is My International Experience!

Hello! I’m Josie Aitken-Sheridan, a third year Business Management student from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. I have lived in Glasgow my entire life up until June of this year and am proud to call Glasgow my home!

My Business Management degree allows me to take an industrial placement for one year, which prompted me to apply to come and work for Northeastern University. My position is within the Employer Relations department, as well as working closely alongside staff from Career Development.

This role has been extremely insightful and worthwhile so far and has allowed me to grow the skills that I already gained back home in Scotland from previous jobs. Since I am classed as a student for the duration of my time here, I am also entitled to use the services that Career Development offer to expand on my own personal development.

All in all, it’s a wonderful place to work in. The reason I like it so much is because I get to work alongside hard working and supportive staff members who embody the values of Northeastern and truly have each and every student and employer’s interests at heart. In my previous jobs, I never experienced a good work environment and often felt that my efforts were never really appreciated. This job is completely different. I can say confidently that I feel like a valued member of this department and that I am the happiest I have ever seen myself in a full-time job. Result!
My time here in Boston is so valuable to me because it is allowing me to stand out from other students who don’t have experience working in another country. I have adapted well to Boston culture and society, which I hope that in the future will present more job opportunities for me. I also have a passion for traveling, so the prospect of working in different countries excites me!

More importantly, I have found that I have learned more about myself being in Boston than I ever did when I was back home. I believe that when you don’t have the support from your family and friends that you are used to having, you rely on yourself more than you thought possible. Your independence is really put to the test when you are alone with day-to-day life. My values have played a big part in how I have worked and lived in Boston, thus making it more important for myself to reflect on what I have learned whilst being away and putting it to good use when I eventually return to Scotland.

One piece of advice I would give to students who have been away from home for a long period of time is not to worry! Your family will always be there for you no matter what. If you work hard during your time here at Northeastern, the appreciation and respect from your family is the greatest reward you can get.

Lastly, traveling has probably been the most enjoyable part of my time here in the United States. So far I have managed to travel to Portland (in Maine, not Oregon), New York City, Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Each state that I have visited has been completely different to the last, making each experience more memorable. I believe that any student who is studying at Northeastern must make time to travel outside of Massachusetts! Boston is an amazing city but there is so much to see in this country, so don’t limit yourself only to one place. Like I said before, I love to travel! It has had a great impact on my life and has made me more open to new things. Boston has definitely without a doubt strengthened my appreciation for travel and the joys that it can bring!          

     

 (Pictures from Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington DC)

Living in Boston has been an incredible experience thus far. I find it to be a surprisingly welcoming and friendly city. There is so much to do and appreciate in Boston and I am proud that I am able to call this city my temporary home.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions about my time here! I would love to hear more stories from other students.Thank you for reading!

Josie Aitken-Sheridan, Employer Relations Coordinator Intern
BA (Hons) Business Management – 2018, LinkedIn: Josie Aitken-Sheridan
Instagram : josieisabella_

A Global Experience in Husky Territory!

About a year ago I was sitting in a lecture theater back in Scotland learning about industrial placement (also known as Co-op) at Northeastern University. Today I have to admit that it is not what I expected, but so much more! And I realize that I need to take advantage of all the opportunities that present themselves.

My international co-op (internship) at Northeastern is definitely a life learning experience. The past six months have been a tremendous professional growth opportunity. I came to that realization this past week as I have been participating in and helping with the interviews for next year’s incoming Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) intern traveling to Boston. It was at that point that I realized how much I grew as a professional, I recognize how much I have changed and how much this experience is shaping my future – and how much it will impact me, for the rest of my professional career.

Since the beginning of my internship I have been able to build stronger communication skills both verbal and non-verbal, to achieve this I have been assisting and presenting to different student bodies, information sessions, facilitated employers call and visit on campus. I have also been corresponding with different employers all around the globe on almost a day to day basis. The skills were further improved through the management of large scale event – 400 students attending and participating- and with the administration of the front desk of the Career Services department, a highly visible position with a lot of traffic requiring vigilance and multitasking. This part of my role was challenging at first as I wasn’t familiar nor had experience in business administration.

My work at Northeastern University over the past couple of months gave me a growth opportunity that I never expected to happen as no previous employment gave the opportunity to expand my understanding and abilities to deeply explore a business environment and its opportunities on a global scale as well as getting a deep and comprehensive knowledge of higher education in the USA. This will further help me to shape who I am as a professional as I will have experiences in different working culture. The American working culture is really different than any European working culture I have previously experienced. This hierarchical system made me realize the opportunities of growth that are available in the USA and therefore making think about different opportunities that coming back to the USA after graduation might offer me.

Overall, my experience has been valuable and challenging, as I am pushing myself outside of my comfort zone.  You can read my weekly or monthly Vlog about my internship; as it will definitely shape my professional future.

Alexandra Wilcock, is a third year Business Management Student from Glasgow Caledonian University. Originally from France,she decided after high school to move to Glasgow to pursue her  dreams. After two years of theory and classroom learning, she was ready to experience the real world and get involved in a yearlong professional engagement.