10 Reasons Recent Grads Choose to Start a Career Chicago
- Chicago is the #1 City for Recent Grads, according to GradSpot.com
- More than 60,000 undergraduate students from 400 universities nationwide chose Chicago as one of the top cities in which to work after graduation according to Universum, a Philadelphia-based company that researches career preferences
- Of 600 undergraduates at local colleges and universities, 66% preferred to start their careers in Chicago (less than 10 percent chose New York City) according to Universum
Why are so many recent graduates attracted to Chicago to start a career? Read on for 10 of the top reasons:
Local Advantage, Worldwide Appeal
As the U.S. continues evolving into a knowledge-based economy, regions with the greatest number of college graduates will have the advantage. Chicago – through a virtuous circle of talented local graduates, who draw businesses to the city, which in turn attract more students – is positioning itself well for tomorrow’s economy. With a combination of relatively high salaries and low cost of living, Chicago offers opportunities and amenities that rival other major U.S. cities, but with greater potential for financial mobility than comparatively high-priced cities on the coasts.
Recent studies sponsored by CEOs for Cities and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning suggest educational attainment is strongly correlated to regional economic growth (CEOs for Cities calculated a one percent increase in the attainment of 4-year college degrees in Chicago, for example, could yield a $7.2 billion increase in per capita income). World Business Chicago continues to develop strategies to attract, retain, and engage an energetic, educated, and highly mobile workforce.
Through partnerships with local institutions – including DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago – WBC hopes to support the motivations of recent college graduates who are choosing to live and work in Chicago.
Blogging on Chicago After College
WBC's 2010 summer intern, Yale undergraduate, Whitney Barlow blogged her thoughts about what it would be like to live in Chicago after college at InTheWhiteCity.wordpress.com. “I’ve found life in The City of Broad Shoulders more affordable than I expected. Overall cost of living is less in Chicago than in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, D.C., or Philadelphia, but all the big-city perks still stand,” She writes. “Though popular belief may insist otherwise, it is possible to live on a budget amidst the bustle of a major city.” Read on…
Cooler By The Lake
Give this video a look to see some of what the city has to offer:
The photo at the top of this page is CC, David Paul Ohmer, from Flickr. Make Your Mark was compiled from the following sources: ACCRA, BusinessWeek, CEOs for Cities, Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Universum, Management Association of Illinois, National Association of Colleges and Employers, Payscale.com, U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois De- partment of Employment Security, U.S. News and World Report. Student survey data provided by: DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.