Kansas City a good place to start a career, graduates say

Michael Ronnebaum
June 08, 2017 - 4:28 am

Four hundred interns gathered at the H&R Block headquarters Wednesday in Kansas City to discuss why they believe Kansas City is a top destination for new graduates.

A big draw for young professionals is the area's low cost of living, said Jessica Nelson, managing director of Team KC.

"Housing, for example, in Kansas City is 23 percent less than the U.S. average," Nelson said. "Your dollar as a young professional stretches a lot further than it does in other markets."

One thing successful graduates rely on is developing a network of like-minded professionals. 

"You get to experience other people, make new connections," said Westin Ruleman, a senior at Northwest Missouri State, who wants to be an insurance broker. "Outside of networking, just kind of learn more from other people."

Kansas City's population has steadily increased since 2010. Forbes lists KC as a top 60 city for business and careers.

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