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!