If your job feels a bit like ‘Groundhog Day,’ here’s how to get un-stuck and start pursuing your career goals


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Most have seen or at least heard references to the movie Groundhog Day. In this film, weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) relives the same day over and over again. From waking up to Sonny and Cher singing “I Got You Babe,” to stepping in the same puddle, Phil’s life is one continuous loop.

If you feel this way — stuck in a position with no promotion in sight and no real career path — stop postponing graduate school. Northeastern University–Charlotte says there’s no better time to change your tune and profession.

Here are three high-demand industries in Charlotte, along with Northeastern University–Charlotte graduate degree programs, that can help you out of your professional rut and into a more promising career.

Computer science

Not at all geeky when you consider an average starting salary of $100k and job demand that is expected to grow 12-28 percent in the next five years. And before you freak out about not having a tech background or relevant undergraduate degree, you don’t need one! Northeastern’s Align MS in Computer Science helps you transition into computer science by offering bridge courses that prepare you for master’s level coursework. All classes are held at night to accommodate students with full- or part-time jobs. To test the waters, attend Northeastern’s free two-day workshop “A Gentle Introduction to Computer Science” on Feb. 3 and 10 but act now because  it starts tomorrow!


If that B.A. in Accounting feels like the puddle Phil keeps stepping in, translate your attention to detail and caring nature to a career in nursing. Nurses are in high demand everywhere—in North Carolina and across the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics/EMSI Analyst expects 14 percent job growth for RNs over the next 10 years. If you already have a bachelor’s degree in another field, Northeastern’s Accelerated BSN Program in Charlotte will help you expedite your transition. In just 16 months, through a combination of online coursework, hands-on learning and clinical practice, you can earn the ABSN and be wearing that uniform you dream about . You can learn more and check out the campus’ state-of-the-art facilities at the February 7 ABSN Open House.

Project management

According to Glassdoor, the average salary for a project manager position in Charlotte is over $75,000. If you are a blackbelt in planning and just need the credentials to prove it, get a Northeastern MS in Project Management degree. Even better, you will add immediate value to your current position with your newly-acquired planning, budgeting, negotiation and project oversight skills, before you even graduate.

Worried about fitting class into your schedule? Don’t.  All are designed with the working professional in mind.  Even taking all courses online is an option.  Learn more by attending the NU March 10 Open House.

Remember the definition of insanity is doing the same thing—like your current job—over and over again and expecting different results. Break the cycle by visiting Northeastern’s Uptown campus at the corner of Trade and Tryon, calling 980.224.8468, or emailing charlotte@northeastern.edu with questions or to schedule a meeting with a member of the admissions team.

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