Beyond the Green Line: Philadelphia, PA

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

Did you know that 12 of the 2016 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Philadelphia metro area? These include some household names like Comcast and Aramark, as well as some newcomers like Navient.

The City of Brotherly Love is also the eighth largest job market in nation. It has a fast-growing biomedical and pharmaceutical industries with many 14 major pharmaceutical and biotech firms to the area. The other main industries in Philadelphia include telecommunications, financial services, publishing and tourism.

Though filled with fun and culture and not far from NYC, Philly is still relatively affordable. For this reason, the city has seen an increase in its millennial population. According to Philly.com, “millennials – those aged 19 to 34 – now make up 46 percent of the downtown core population.”

There are over 2,400 Northeastern Alumni working in Philadelphia according to LInkedIn. In the past year, over 25 students have enjoyed a co-op position in the city.

Amina Ly, an Environmental Science major who co-oped as a Catastrophe Modeling Services Assistant at Marsh & Mclennan Companies thoroughly enjoyed her time in Philly and sings its praises:
“Living right in the center of downtown Philly, I got the opportunity to experience the historic and diverse city from right outside my doorstep. Before I arrived I had no idea how many cultural events the city had to offer. Every weekend I was guaranteed to run across a festival or organized event. I also consider myself an avid foodie, and the restaurants around the city never disappointed! Months later, I still talk about the wonderful food scene and the spectacular city atmosphere. It’s was definitely an easy city to fall in love with, and I would go back in a heartbeat.”

Curious for more?

Food and Drink:
Treat yourself to several Philly cheesesteaks and decide for yourself which is the best
Eat a Philly-style soft pretzels
NYC has the cronut, but Philly has the Donnoli – part donut, part cannoli
If you’ve never been to a Wawa, you have to go
The “Philly special” – a shot of Jim Beam and a can of PBR

Culture:
Visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
See a show at the Mann Center
Explore the many museums – including one dedicated to pizza
Go to Philly’s Annual Beer Week or stroll the “Philly Beer Trail” any time of the year
Go to the annual 2-day Made in America music festival

Activities:
Get scared at Eastern State Penitentiary
Visit the Night Market or the Reading Terminal Market
Cheer on the Eagles, 76ers, Phillies and Flyers
Explore 3,600 acres of trails, history and nature at Valley Forge Park
Take some awesome pictures at the Magic Gardens

Job Opportunities – log into NUcareers to apply!

Aria Health 1820531 – Business Analyst – Population Health

Merck
1820526 – Process Analytical Tools (PAT) Specialist Job
1820528 – Manager, Operations Job
1820529 – Specialist, Engineering
1820530 – Specialist, Engineering – Technical Operations, Laboratory Job
1819780 Sourcing Analyst
1819775 Network Analyst

160over90

1820542 – Video Project Manager
1820544 – Account Executive
1819796 Digital Strategist
1819791 Senior Designer

Independence BlueCross
1820522 – Associate Systems Analyst
1819801 Operations Analyst

SEI Investments
1820538 – Supervisor, SMA Portfolio Accounting
1820536 – Compliance Analyst: Anti-Money Laundering and Privacy Group
1820535 – Service Excellence Administrator
1820533 – Middle Office Operations Processing Analyst III
1820532 – Operations Analyst, Inst Private Client (Implementation Services)

Urban Outfitters
1820183 Print Production Designer
1820180 Network Engineer Security
1820175 Graphic Design Assistant

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
1820131  Public Relations and Social Media Senior Associate

IMA Consulting
1819768  Healthcare Analyst

American Heritage Federal Credit Union
1819758 Member Relations Specialist
1819757 Business Development Representative

AmerisourceBergen
1819749  Analyst III – Generics

Susquehanna International Group, Llp.
1812399 Operations Analyst Program
1811947 Operations Analyst Internship

Additonal Companies:
Comcast
Dell Boomi
American Airlines
Philadelphia 76ers

Coming up Next Week: Beyond the Green Line – Silicon Valley, CA!

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.phillymag.com/business/2015/06/05/philly-companies-fortune-500/
https://www.bisnow.com/philadelphia/news/commercial-real-estate/2016-a-good-year-for-job-growth-places-like-philly-53393
http://www.phillyvoice.com/12-philadelphia-area-companies-listed-years-fortune-500/
http://www.phillymag.com/property/2016/04/20/why-philly-has-become-a-millennial-magnet/
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/retail/20160731_Center_of_Attention.html

Beyond the Green Line: Los Angeles, CA

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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 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

So, Why Do You Want To Be A Nurse?

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It’s the most common question any nursing major will receive during the interview process, whether for school or for co-op positions. “Why do you want to be a nurse” is ubiquitous, and with good reason. Your answer says a lot about you and your motivations, not to mention where your passion lies. I’ve heard many variations on a theme in the answers to this question, ranging from sincere to predictable and fake. Here are the two best ways to answer this question if you find yourself without a “classic” response!

1.       The Heartfelt Approach

If you became a nurse because of a personal experience, this answer is for you! For example, if you spent time in the hospital when you were young due to your own illness or a relative’s, and that’s where you discovered your passion, your answer will come across as genuine and give the interviewer a great idea of who you are. But beware! This way of answering can backfire if you stretch too hard to make a connection. If you didn’t have an epiphany in the midst of a medical crisis, please don’t try to make one up. You will just come across as phony, and nurses can spot an exaggerated story a mile away.

Example: “When I was twelve, my best friend John was diagnosed with cancer. I visited him every day in the hospital and found myself fascinated by how the nurses cared for him. They saw him more than the doctors did and always took the time to make sure he was doing OK. I knew then that I wanted to be a nurse someday so I could help people the way my friend was helped.”

2.       The Realistic Approach

Let’s face it, there are many benefits to nursing that have nothing to do with patient care. There’s the flexible scheduling, the many varied career paths and specialties, not to mention the job security. So if you became a nursing major for any of those reasons, good for you! These are perfectly valid reasons for entering the nursing profession. The problem, however, is that flat-out stating this in an interview makes you come across as caring only for the money, not the patients. Many interviewers see nursing as a lifelong passion, not “just a job,” so if the realistic approach is not taken tactfully, this answer could set a sour tone for the interview. One way to prevent this is to explain your evolving passion for nursing alongside your practical thinking, proving that you are pragmatic about your future career, but also have a passion for it.

Example: “I first applied to nursing school because I liked the flexibility involved in the profession and the job availability in my area. But now that I have been in nursing classes, I realize how much I love nursing in addition to all of the practical benefits it provides. I am excited about my career choice and couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else!”

My story mixes the two, and I’ve found that my answer works because it feels real. I always had a passion for science and taking care of others from a young age. I also really loved working with kids in summer camps and after school plays. When high school started and I began thinking about my career and college, nursing jumped out at me. When I volunteered at my local hospital, it all clicked for me. I loved making people feel better, and to me, the nurses were superheroes. The same spirit of discovery that I loved about science is at the heart of nursing as a profession. Being a pediatric nurse means caring for the whole family, not just the patient, and that appealed to me. I applied to NU Nursing and never looked back because I knew I had made the right choice and found my life’s passion.

No matter what your reasons are for entering nursing, just know that this one question does not define who you are or who you will be as a nurse! Whether you decided to be a nurse for the practical benefits or the emotional rewards, what matters most is what you do at the bedside for the patient every day.

Julia Thompson is a second year Nursing major in the Bouve College of Health Sciences. She works as a nursing assistant at South Shore Hospital and is currently on her first co-op at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is the secretary of the Northeastern University Student Nurses’ Association and is also involved with Bouve Fellows. Feel free to contact her at thompson.jul@husky.neu.edu with any questions. You can follow her on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/juliavthompson) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/juliavthompson).