Success is easy in Washington DC!
You remember what people say about capitals of nations? That
they are so boring you might as well cross it out from your
itinerary list? Well, Washington is sure an exception. As the
capital of the United States of America, Washington DC exudes
out that cozy atmosphere with all the tree-dotted avenues and
18th century structures. When you talk about Washington DC, we
talk about America's dreams and realities. It has a population
of about 607,000 and an area of 65 square miles.
Being the city that houses the White House, US Capitol and other
key national institutions, it is no wonder why a lot of people
go here. You can easily make it big here! Success is not hard to
come by as long as you know what is in store for you! If you
have just settled in, enjoy the sights then find a way to work
for those tourist spots!
So how to make it big in Washington DC anyway? Read up and mull
1. Go for the biggest companies in Washington DC.
Washington Post launched The Post 200 which lists down all the
top 200 companies in the city. So if you want to be successful,
hunt these successful companies like Choice Hotels International
Inc., FTI Consulting Inc., CapitalSource Inc., Federal Reality
Investment Trust, Allied Capital Corp., Fairchild Corp.,
American Capital Strategies Ltd., EPlus Inc., Radio One, PRA
International, Ciena Corp., Rowe Cos., Duratek Inc., Corporate
Executive Board Co., LaSalle Hotel Properties., SI International
Inc., Trex Co., TNS Inc., XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.,
Corporate Office Properties Trust, MicroStrategy Inc., VSE
Corp., InPhonic Inc., PEC Solutions Inc., Capital Automotive
REIT, webMethods Inc., Fieldstone Investment Corp., LCC
International Inc., Manugistics Group Inc., Martek Biosciences
Corporation, Strayer Education Inc., Federal Agricultural
Mortgage Corporation, Washington Real Estate Investment Trust,
Allied Defense Group Inc., TeleCommunication Systems Inc.,
CompuDyne Corp., Advisory Board Co., Bowl America Inc., GSE
Systems Inc., Orbimage Inc., Cuisine Solutions and yes, The
Look for those companies and others included in the The Post
200, impress the employers so they would hire you then inch your
way to the top!
2. If you love performing arts, there is one place to go: John
F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Aspiring actors, dancers and singers, audition at every chance
you get at this center where there are six theaters that feature
the ballets, musical performances and awesome places. If you are
really good enough, you might end up playing for the Washington
Opera and National Symphony Opera where they are JFK Center for
the Performing Arts regulars.
3. If you are artistically inclined, show your stuff at the
The Smithsonian Institution has 16 museums and art galleries and
it's so big it would take you one day to see everything! If your
work lands here, then you know you've already made it!
You might also want to check out the National Gallery of Art.
4. Love anything education, then head for the National
Geographic Society's Explorers Hall.
If you are a budding teacher, then you can start practicing your
5. Work in Georgetown!
Georgetown is where the trendiest and priciest shops are! This
place is so busy you will not run out of things to do and jobs
6. Into broadcasting?
If you are dreaming to be next Peter Jennings or Christiane
Amanpour, then working for the Voice of America will do wonders
to you. Get a position in the newsroom and you are guaranteed a
7. Run for a position? Why not?
The White House is here, so is the Pentagon and even the FBI! So
if you just work hard and dream big, you might snag a position
in any of the three! From entry level you can work your way to
You might get dissuaded if you haven't accomplished a lot in the
first few months of your stay in the Washington DC. Hey, you do
not have to worry. If you are one hardworking and patient
person, it will not be long when you will be able to say to your
family and friends with pride: "Washington DC is where it's at!"