While other cities often shout their attractions from the rooftops, Houston—the City With No Limits—is less obvious. People have to get to know the city on their own. With such an expansive area, Houstonians love that they are constantly discovering new and fun things to do in the city, such as going to museum openings or renting kayaks on the bayou.
Though it may be known as the energy capital of the world, it offers so much more than that. There are many jobs available in that industry, but there are also a ton in the medical and creative worlds, too. In fact, Houston has an incredible creative community—it’s the third-largest collector of fine art and photography among American cities, so there are a plethora of opportunities to find work or launch a business in that type of field.
But the job market is not the only diverse feature of Houston—many other aspects of the city are, as well. “The way I would describe the Houston culture in three words would be: diverse, innovative, and opportunistic,” shares Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber, Senior Marketing Manager at IHS. “Out of all the cities I’ve ever been to internationally, I think Houston really has a lot to offer and has a really unique ‘gumbo,’ if you will, of cultural flair here. And I think that’s something that, if you’re not from Houston, or if you’ve never been to Houston, you may not realize.”
This not only allows residents to indulge in many different types of delicious cuisine (as well as an incredible craft beer and cocktail scene), but also to have a very unique friend group. “If you’re an open-minded person who likes being surrounded by all different points of view and different types of people, Houston is like heaven. Because you really get a full spectrum of different types of people, all of whom are very smart, and all of whom are very friendly,” says Jeff Reichman, Principal of January Advisors.
And residents of Houston don’t just play nice in their social worlds, but in the career realm as well. “Early on in my career as a business owner, I was having a conversation with a mentor of mine, and he used the term “coop-etition” as a way to describe the business spirit in Houston,” shares Aimee Woodall, Founder of Black Sheep Agency. “I love that sprit about Houston. It’s not about competitiveness. It’s about putting that aside so that everyone can work together to move the city forward. To make big things happen.”
Abby is a writer, career coach, and health educator living in Portland, Maine. When she’s not trying to make the world a happier and healthier place, you can find her cuddling with her cats, hunting down the city's best coffee and grilled cheese, or dipping her toes in the Atlantic. Say hi on Twitter .More from this Author