I used to be a real snob about Houston. When you live in New Orleans, it’s easy to be a snob about other cities. We have a lot going for us in terms of quality of life and culture. But I don’t have to tell you Tulanians that! Anyway, I’ve visited Houston so many times over the last three years to call on employers, and this repeated exposure to the people, places and potential jobs in Houston has engendered a genuine affection and appreciation for the city that I never thought I could have. I’d like to share some of that love with you now.
The job market in Houston is hands-down competitive. You can make good money there, and when compared with the reasonable cost of living, it makes good sense financially. If you are involved in our Energy programs, there are few other places you’d rather be to start out or continue your career than the undisputable hub of the Energy business. Another great place for you is Chicago–but more on that after my trip there next week! There are a great many other young people starting out their careers in the Houston area, and as a result, there is a fun social atmosphere. The city is not short on leisure and cultural activities. The entertainment, nightlife, outdoor activities and sports offerings are prime. It also boasts widely varying character and appeal in its many residential areas throughout the metro area. Highrise downtown? Got ‘em. Funky hipster neighborhoods? Check. Historic, diverse, family-oriented, tree-lined streets… check, check, check and yep!
And then, there are the people. The folks I meet with in Houston are not like the folks I meet anywhere else in the professional world. When building out my Houston itineraries, I schedule at least one hour for each discussion. That’s because people in Houston are friendly, and they like to take the time to talk and get to know you. Perhaps it is our shared affiliation with New Orleans and Tulane in some cases, but in any case, folks in Houston don’t seem too crunched by the pressures of their executive-level jobs in major banks, financial institutions or oil companies to take the time for a courteous, enjoyable professional dialogue. Work/life balance seems to be the general mantra. If they never wanted to leave the desk for fun or family time, they would have chosen New York.
Houston is sprawling, and its major highways are congested throughout the day. Should you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a daily commute, it’s going to be a long one. But many people simply avoid it by identifying a cozy residential area near their place of business.
Here is a short list of companies with whom I met on recent visits and who have committed to posting great Houston-area jobs on Freeman Link https://freeman-tulane-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php
Tudor Pickering Holt
JP Morgan Chase Sales & Trading
Citi Sales & Trading
Citi Investment Banking, Corporate Banking and Risk Groups (Global Energy)
BVA Group (Valuation firm)
ION Energy (Commodities brokerage)