Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

As summer rolls around the corner, many of you are preparing to leave the Worcester area. Whether you are heading home, studying on a Maymester program, relocating for a job or interning in a new place, there are many opportunities to explore during your summer vacation or time after graduation.

In the spirit of the classic Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, we’ve compiled a few stories on the best “places to go” (or live/work) and how to secure and maximize positions in these places…. Enjoy!

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THE BEST PLACES FOR YOUNG ADULTS TO LIVE

A recent report by Business Journals named Austin, Texas the best city for young professionals, as it boasted top numbers in population growth in addition to long and short term employment growth.

San Jose, California steals the second spot with the highest percentage of young adults with incomes over $150,000. (Not Bad!) To round out the top three, Washington D.C. takes third with the greatest percentage of the population holding Bachelor’s Degrees in addition to high income levels.

Seniors, who are looking to relocate, consider these cities and the rest of the below list!

10. Raleigh, North Carolina
9. Denver, Colorado
8. Des Moines, Iowa
7. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
6. Durham, North Carolina
5. Houston, Texas
4. Boston, Massachusetts
3. Washington D.C.
2. San Jose, California
1. Austin, Texas

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THE HAPPIEST PLACES ON EARTH & HOW TO INTERVIEW ONCE YOU’RE THERE

A recent book by National Geographic’s Dan Buettner concluded that Singapore; Arhus, Denmark; San Luis Obispo, California and Monterrey, Mexico mark the “happiest places on Earth” as people experience the best health, social networks and general well being in these four areas.

Based off of these results, Going Global contributor Mary Anne Thompson outlined several interview tactics job seekers should employ if pursuing careers in these happy cities.

Singapore:

  • Arrive 15 minutes early to the interview
  • Create a clean online presence (most employers tend to check social media here)
  • Appearance is weighed heavily, so dress your best!
  • The four major languages are English, Mandarin-Chinese, Malay & Tami… knowing two or more of these languages is very helpful

Arhus, Denmark:

  • One interview is standard for small companies (2-3 interviews for larger companies)
  • Business dress is fairly informal in Denmark, but it is important to dress up for an interview
  • Many interviews occur during a meal and etiquette is very important

San Luis Obispo, California

  • Phone & Video interviews are standard for pre-screening
  • Punctuality is valued, so arrive early!
  • Make direct eye contact with the interviewer to show confidence
  • Outline successes and ambitions to reflect experience and drive

Monterrey, Mexico

  • Keep interview dress conservative and formal
  • Interviews tend to last longer & may require longer waiting time beforehand
  • Maintain a good posture, do not lean forward toward the interviewer and keep hands relatively still throughout the interview

To find positions in these cities or abroad in other areas, visit www.goinglobal.com!

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THE “PLACES YOU’LL GO” IN YOUR NEXT INTERNSHIP/JOB

No matter if you are a 10min drive or a 10hour flight from home, it is important to maximize your internship/job for your personal well being and the ability to move up in the given company or your career in general. In a recent article by Forbes, contributors outlined a few ways for individuals to make the most of their internships (also applies to entry level jobs):

  • Create a list of short term and long term objectives for yourself before the job begins
  • During your interview, make sure your goals and expectations align with that of the employer
  • Maintain a positive Attitude—even if the task is mundane
  • Ask for feedback from your boss or advisor
  • Try to meet and network with at least 25 people (for larger companies) in a department different than your own

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As the end of the semester is quickly approaching, it’s time to start securing your plans for this summer. Whether you are physically going to a new place or trying to forge a new path in your career, now is the time to explore and take chances!

As the famous Doctor Seuss book says….

“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”

As the famous Doctor Seuss book says, “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”

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