More Than a Tea Party
Boston is a prime landing place for twenty-somethings looking to establish themselves in a livable, young city with a varied and plentiful job market.
Some things come easily to mind when thinking of Boston: The Big Dig, the Red Sox, maybe clam chowder or those ridiculous accents in The Departed. From a historical angle everyone remembers Paul Revere, the Freedom Trail, and the rebellion of the Boston Tea Party. But Boston is also noteworthy for its thriving community of young people.
Because Boston is both a college town and tourist destination there is a wealth of opportunities for work, ranging from the biotech world to the hospitality industry. The economy in this New England port is very much alive and kicking - since the 1990's Boston has experienced a city-wide gentrification of monumental proportions, bringing new life (and lots of money) back to historic neighborhoods. As a result the rent can seem a bit steep compared to other cities, although it's certainly not as bad as New York (expect upwards of $900 for a one-bedroom, and $1100 for two). However, the availability of high-paying jobs compensates for cost of living, and there are plenty of young people to prove that in Boston it isn't hard to make ends meet.
The subway system in Boston (called the "T") is the most convenient way to get around the city. Recent station renovations and a new automated system in 2007 bumped fares up to $2/ride, but considering the fact that the T is the oldest subway in America, the improvements are well worth the higher price.
Additionally, there are multiple bus routes ($1.50/ride), and although scheduled arrival is not always reliable, buses provide the necessary link between neighborhoods without direct T access. Generally commuters can access any point in the city using public transportation within 30 minutes. Furthermore, Boston is a walking city, and although the drivers can be a bit intimidating, there is also a prominent population of bike commuters.
The Hub is a city with a well known dialect, famously displayed in movies such as The Departed and Good Will Hunting. Bostonians are well known for "pahking the cah in Hahvahd yahd," and the rule of thumb is, to sound like a native, forget your R's and work from there. There's also a good amount of slang in the New England vernacular to brush up on.
Looking for a way to express how awesome the chowdah is? Just say it's wicked good. New Englanders use this superlative to mean "very" in many instances.
Want to find Massachusetts Avenue or Commonwealth Avenue? Unless you want to tell everyone you're a tourist, it's Mass-ave and Comm-ave. If the street name is long, a Boston native will usually use the abbreviated form, and avenues are always, simply, aves (pronounced ahhhve).
Driving in Boston can be a terrifying experience for the uninitiated, especially because of The Big Dig - a huge, messy tunnel construction project that any resident will be happy to give you an earful about, should you ask. If you take your car into the city, be prepared to bang a left, which is, take an abrupt left turn. For less abrupt turns, you need only hang a left (or right.)
Don't despair if a friend is talking about his aunt in Peabidy - he means Peabody, a surburb. Worcester? It's Woostah. In fact, be prepared to be laughed at by natives, because there really is no preparation for pronouncing each and every town and suburb like a pro.
• Harvard University and Medical
• Boston University
• Mass General Hospital
• Beth Israel
• Fidelity Investments
• John Hancock
• Citizens Financial Group (HQed in Providence, RI)
What do you love about working here?
Boston is a city that feels like a small town. You'll always run into people you know, so you never really feel lost. It's great, too, because you can easily get to know all the people in your industry.
Princeton University, Public Relations