Why You Should Move to NYC- Bettering Yourself

Some call it The Big Apple, some call it The City That Never Sleeps, and over 8 million people call it home. New York City is arguably the most diverse and largest city in America. Although the opportunities are endless here, some people may be discouraged by the thought of moving to a place like this. Nevertheless, no matter where you come from, you can connect with this city one way or another. If you’re thinking of coming to NYC for school, a new job, or to try the best bagels in the world, I’ve compiled reasons and tips for why you should make the move.

My name is Michael and I’m an intern here at Open Systems Technologies. Five years ago I made the difficult decision to attend college in New York City, 3000 miles from my home state of California. I’ve been in your position before and know what it’s like to wonder what it would be like to move here. Since it’s the largest city in the U.S., it’s not uncommon to worry about having to compete with countless other applicants. How can you stand out? “Why You Should Move to NYC” is a 4-part blog series where I’ll be giving you advice on what to expect if you’re looking to start your career in New York.  I’m also going to provide you with answers to questions I had before moving across the country. In the last Networking article, we covered how networking improves job contention since conferences, workshops, and even peers are all useful learning resources. In this installment of “Why You Should Move to NYC” we’ll be going more in depth on how you can strengthen your candidacy.

NYC has an air of ambition to it. Everywhere you look people are going somewhere and getting something done. If there’s one thing I learned since I moved here, it’s how to stay focused on my objective. People who have never visited sometimes see New Yorkers as cutthroat. However, I’ve found it to be the opposite. Instead of viewing it as millions of people competing with each other, I see it as millions of people who want to learn and apply themselves further. Being here makes me want to be the best version of myself. In a city this size, there’s always someone better than you or looking for the same opportunities. While the job market is competitive, the collective want for a better life is engrained into this city and has been for hundreds of years.

There are multiple code boot camps in NYC are training schools where students can perfect their technical prowess. Companies such as Goldman Sachs, Visa, and Google recruit program graduates. These boot camps can help you completely change professions or make you a stronger contender. Bootcamps like Fullstack Academy and General Assembly offer full-time and part-time courses in JavaScript and SQL for fullstack web development. Metis and Byte Academy focus on Python for data analysis.

A shorter, cheaper alternative would be taking courses at an accredited institution. Even if you have a bachelor’s or master’s, there are course offerings and programs meant to improve your skills in a niche or new area of interest. Take a look at NYU’s Career Advancement Courses. For example, maybe you have a strong understanding of Python but want to expand on it by improving your data visualization skills. A 5-session, summertime program is available at NYU for only $675 where you can learn how to translate data into actionable insights in an effective manner. Once you’ve made it into your dream firm, explore their learning and development programs. There was time where employees used to be an expendable resource. Nowadays, employees are referred to as “human capital” and companies invest in training programs to deepen their understanding of current business problems and solutions. At Goldman Sachs University , “Junior employees have access to classes that focus on building foundational professional and technical skills. Additionally, we offer an expansive library of self-directed digital offerings, ranging from eLearnings on communicating with impact to a podcast series on understanding our businesses.” No matter your interests, find something that can bolster your resume and deepen your understanding of coding.

TIP: LinkedIn, LinkedIn, LinkedIn. This is one of the most important platforms used to connect companies with prospective employees. Treat your profile like your resume. Keep it constantly updated, highlighting the best you have to offer. When applying for jobs, the candidate has to reach out to the recruiter. However, the process is reversed on LinkedIn. A recruiter can discover you and your great work by simply coming across your profile page. This is why it’s important to keep employers, responsibilities, and contact information current.

TIP: Benefit from the competition. See what kind of actions your peers are taking to distinguish themselves to compare your capabilities and gauge the landscape.

TIP: Research current employees who hold your dream job title and see what kinds of languages and tools they’ve become proficient with. Get a sense of the realistic qualifications for your future.

TIP: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. At a new job you’re bound to be tasked with projects that take you out of your comfort zone. Formulate or revise your process for dealing with new subjects. Make everything a learning experience and figure out how to become a better programmer by overcoming obstacles. Alternatively, if you’re new to finance, use your outside perspective as a source of new ideas.

Get a realistic sense of what employers look for in their recruits by checking out www.opensystemstech.com/jobs-search and browsing current job postings. If this was helpful, keep an eye out for the next and final article where I’ll focus less on being a better applicant and more on exploring NYC’s vast, diverse culture.


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