From Cara Scharf. Email her at cara[AT]borderstan.com.
No one will dispute that DC is full of young professionals, and many might say DC’s young professionals are overworked and over committed. A recent ranking from CareerBliss.com paints our city’s young professionals in a different light: as the third happiest in the country.
CareerBliss.com compiled the list with information from the past 12 months. They define young professionals as people who have been working full-time for less than 10 years, and factors surveyed include work-life balance, boss and co-worker relationships, compensation, growth opportunities, and company culture. Rounding out the top three cities are San Francisco in the second spot and San Jose in the first spot.
Before you start doubting the math, I’d like to share some reasons why I agree that DC is bringing good tidings of comfort and joy to us young professionals.
Myriad of Networking Opportunities
DC’s young professionals are driven, and while that’s sometimes an annoyance, it also means that you can take advantage of every encounter as a networking opportunity. I’ve found that DC is a hotbed of professional development and networking groups.
As a young arts professional, I’m engaged with Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of DC and Emerging Arts Leaders of DC, both of which host happy hours, workshops, and conferences.
Kickball. Bocce. Running. Trivia. Even a competitive karaoke league and a drunken spelling bee. DC’s young professionals play as hard as they work, so no matter what your interest, you can find a group that is combining your activity of choice with drinks and social interaction.
You’re in the “Center” of the Country
DC is an important city, which makes it an exciting place to be. In just one week, I volunteered inside the World Bank and attended a congressional briefing in the Capital Building. Where else in the country can you go to so many important places, places that people all over the world are reading about and may never be able to visit?
And as bothersome as a motorcade might be, how many other young professionals get to say that they were “this close” to the President?
Young professional readers: does your experience validate or go against the rankings?
We asked readers who attended the Inaugural ceremonies on the National Mall to rate the event’s logistics. In an extremely unscientific and unreliable poll of Borderstan.com readers, 61 respondents (as of Jan. 31) said the following about Inaugural ceremony logistics:
Inaugural ceremony logistics were:
- Excellent: 8% (5 votes)
- Good: 26% (16 votes)
- Fair: 21% (13 votes)
- Poor: 16% (10 votes)
- Really Bad: 28% (17 votes)
Just had to share this posting and photo from Greater Greater Washington. (It’s a favorite local blog of mine.) This is a 1959 artist’s rendering of what might have been The Kennedy Center, then referred to as the National Cultural Center.
Personally, I like this 1959 design better. The building is joined with the Potomac River. I have never figured out why the current building is cut off from the water. We seem to deny our waterfront.
Washington, DC, needs volunteers to help provide information and support to the huge number of visitors expected for Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on January 20. There is a call for volunteers from Serve DC, whose “mission is to strengthen and promote the District of Columbia’s spirit of service through partnerships, national service and volunteerism.” The following info is from the Dupont Forum listserv on Yahoo! Groups: (more…)
Candidates for two At-Large seats on the D.C. City Council will debate this Monday, October 20, at the Dupont Circle Candidates’s Forum.
Two of the four At-Large seats are being filled this year. The other two seats, plus the Council Chairman slot, are up for election in 2010.
When and Where
Click on the candidate’s name to go to his or her campaign Web site.
- Kwame R. Brown (incumbent)
- Michael A. Brown
- Dee Hunter
- Mark Long
- Patrick Mara
- Carol Schwartz (incumbent)
- David Schwartzman
The debiate is co-hosted by Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Dupont Circle/2B.
Submit Debate Questions
You can post questions for the debate online at ANC 2B/Dupont Circle–just click here to submit your questions.
- All candidates for the two seats appear on the ballot together. The two candidates receiving the most votes are elected to the two At-Large seats.
- At least one of the winning candidates on November 4 for the At-Large seats must be an Indpendent or from a party other than the majority party (the Democratic Party).
But, not to worry: Borderstan.com is NOT going into political advocacy. There are plenty of Democrats and Republicans on both lists.
From the Dupont Forum:
- What: Hispanic Heritage Family Day – For the entire family.
- When: Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Where: Historical Society of Washington, DC, at 801 K Street NW at Mt. Vernon Square.
- Admission: FREE.
- More Information: [email protected] or (202) 383-1828.
The Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) will partner with embassies from various Latin American countries to offer engaging entertainment and fun activities for the entire family. At 1:00 p.m., the film, “Under the Same Moon,” will be shown in the theater. This film follows the parallel stories of a nine-year-old boy named Carlitos and his mother Rosario. Rosario wants nothing more than to provide the best life possible for her son. To that end, she is working illegally in the United States while her mother cares for Carlitos in Mexico.
Some unexpected circumstances arise that cause both Rosario and Carlitos to try to reunite with one another. Naturally, they both face plenty of challenges along the way, but never losing sight of the end goal–being together again. For more information contact the Office on Latino Affairs at (202) 617-2825.
A program collaboration of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) and The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.