Beyond the Green Line: Austin, TX

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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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Austin Skyline

Two Fortune 500 companies (Whole Foods Market and Dell EMC) are headquartered in Austin and many others on the prestigious list have major Austin offices with many employees. This includes Apple which just this year built a brand new, 1.1 million square foot campus (bigger than it’s HQ!) in Northwest Austin and Google which leases a 200,000 sq. ft. office space.

It’s also a great time to move to Austin as it experiences unprecedented growth – 39,100 new jobs were created in Austin last year alone, mostly in the professional and business services sector, but spanning across a variety of areas including everything from technology and healthcare to education and entertainment.

High tech companies that have set up shop in town include Dell EMC, IBM, 3M, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Cirrus Logic, Cisco, Hoover’s, National Instruments, Sun Microsystems and United Devices.

The American Institute for Economic Research Report noted that many startups are drawn to Austin’s “vibrant” downtown area. Northeastern senior computer engineering student Eric Tseng co-oped at Dell EMC (formerly Dell) earlier this year in Austin and raved that, “Austin is a great city! The culture is constantly evolving, the tech scene is always growing, and the people are some of the friendliest I’ve ever met.”

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Downtown Austin

This fun, bright, diverse city has attracted over 20 Northeastern students for co-ops in the past year and also has an active Austin alumni network too. Also, if you’ve grown tired of the Boston weather, Austin has 300 sunny days a year and “cold” is considered temperatures in the high 50’s!

Now let’s explore what (other than great job prospects) makes Austin, Texas so amazing…

Food and Drink:

  • Daustin-bbq-txevour some of the country’s best BBQ, known for flavorful dry rubs
  • Have fresh, authentic Mexican food
  • Buy the freshest produce at one Austin’s many farmer’s markets
  • Austin has dozens of popular food trailers whose locations can be tracked

Culture:

  • Baylor Street art wall and the Cathedral of Junk 

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    SXSW Festival – one of MANY in Austin

  • Austin is the “live music capital of the world” with more live music venues per capita than anywhere else
  • If you like music festivals, you definitely won’t be bored: South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL), The Urban Music Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, the Pachange Festival
  • Hot sauce enthusiasts flock here annually for the Austin Chronicle Hot sauce festival

Activities:

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The Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake

  • Tour Deep Eddy Vodka distillery
  • Barton Springs Pool, Krause Springs
  • Canoe or kayak on Lady Bird Lake
  • Sometimes called “the city within a park,” there is no shortage of nature trails, lakes and wilderness preserves

 

Job Opportunities in Austin – log into NUcareers through your MYNEU to apply!

  • Facebook Risk Operations Analyst; Financial Operations Supplier Master QA; Partner Manager SMB
  • Visa, Inc. Systems Analyst
  • Hewlett Packard Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Analyst
  • Google Software Engineer, Android Applications
  • Texas Instruments Design Engineer
  • Intel Corporation Software Engineering Mngr; HPC Cluster Systems Engineer
  • Electronic Arts BioWare Austin:Gameplay Programmer; Cloud Ops Analyst
  • iHeartMedia, Inc. Promotions Assistant; On Air Personality                                    
  • Cirrus Logic Product Engineer; Digital Design Engineer; Analog Design Engineer
  • Apple Business Data Analyst
  • Battlecry Studios Python Microservices Engineer; Gameplay Engineer
  • Advanced Micro Devices Manager, Campaign and Training Programs; Enterprise Silicon Validation and Debug Engineer
  • BigCommerce Marketing Designer
  • HomeAway Content Designer

Coming up in two weeks: Beyond the Green Line – Charlotte, NC!

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 Charlotte 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.

A Few Ways to Change Your Life by Reading

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books-on-beachimageRead for your full-time job or co-op:

The other day I was in a meeting with my boss and we had different ideas about how to proceed with a project. Luckily, I had spent a few hours reading through research papers relevant to my project so that when we disagreed, I could support my ideas with specific reasons.Because I could point to the specific reasons for how I wanted to move forward, he was much more willing to consider my ideas and allow me to proceed. The sheer amount of relevant information to read is overwhelming. I’ve found the best way to manage this is to set aside a few hours a week and read, just chip away at it slowly. I may not ever read all of the publications I would like, but everything I manage to read changes the way I think about my projects.

Read Daily e-Newsletters:

Two daily emails I get that have changed my life are Highbrow and The Skimm. Highbrow is an easy way to learn new things via short lessons on a whole variety of topics.  From how to overcome anxiety, to a short history of the universe, to coding courses. If there’s something you’re interested in but don’t have a lot of time to commit to it, I highly recommend their courses. You can browse all of the topics before signing up. Then, you just sign up for the course of your choice and for 10 days you get a lesson on that topic delivered to your inbox every morning. At the end of 10 days you choose your next topic and start again and it’s completely FREE!

The Skimm  is the easiest way to be more informed about the world around you. It is a short newsletter that arrives in your inbox every day at 6am and takes just minutes to read. It summarizes important news from the day before using short concise descriptions, with links in case you want additional details. My favorite part is the way it’s written: it’s news with a side of sass as if my best girlfriend is summarizing the news for me.

Read articles on the Internet:

There are some really amazing blogs and websites that publish fascinating articles about anything you can think of. I enjoy Ted Blogs and Wait But Why. Ted Blogs have a lot of great blogs to accompany the excellent videos that they have and the second breaks down complicated topics into funny and informative blog posts. I particularly enjoyed the post about The Fermi Paradox. I have found that being fascinated by a topic, even if it’s unrelated to what I’m working on, can increase my general excitement about my own projects and make me want to find out more.

Read books for fun:

Admittedly, I haven’t made nearly as much time for this last one as I would like during graduate school. There are so many other things I’m interested in and reading novels ends up being on the back burner. But I still long for the days of being so engrossed in a good book that I end up missing my stop on the T or staying up too late just to find out what happened to the characters. I really believe that we learn something from everything that we read, no matter how simple, and there really isn’t a substitute for that feeling.

Reading is an amazing gift!There is so much knowledge out there if you just take the first step toward finding it.

Katie Stember is a Northeastern Alumni (Class of ’13) who was involved with Husky Ambassadors as a student. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill studying an autoimmune disease called ANCA Vasculitis. She’s a proud cat mom and in her free time does volunteer photography for a local animal shelter. Feel free to contact her at katie.stember@gmail.com.

Getting Out Of Your Own Way

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“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).