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A region of possibilities for new college graduates

By Leo Mesones on 06/28/2017

If you haven’t heard the news, the Cincinnati region is the top city for new college grads – again. For the second consecutive year SmartAsset.com put the region in the number one spot on its list.

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SmartAsset cites Greater Cincinnati’s affordability, low unemployment rate and increasing earnings as favorable conditions for new college graduates. But we know there’s more to our region than that.

Professional growth: Building relationships can be difficult, especially when moving to a big city, but our region’s leaders believe in mentoring young professionals. Here, the next opportunity is only a cup of coffee away. The region offers a number of young professional programs that build strong networks – such as HYPE, sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and CincyYP, a conglomeration of YP groups from some of the region’s largest companies.

Man and woman riding RedBike through CovingtonAccess more: It’s easy to get around the region, where the average commute time is only 24 minutes. And there’s so much more within reach - Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville and Nashville are all less than a five-hour drive.

Greater Cincinnati’s high concentration of companies in tech and biohealth – two of the fastest-growing industries globally – means that new products are constantly being created. Opportunities abound in collaborations like the Cincinnati Zoo/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center partnership that saved Fiona the hippo.

With the advent of autonomous cars and unmanned drones, regional companies like Tata Consultancy Services are pioneering transportation advancements - ideal for anyone interested in leading cutting-edge technology. A growing number of large, mid-cap and small companies located in the Cincinnati region means new college grads can easily move into the right jobs.

Make your mark: Young professionals interested in forging their own path need to look no further. Reinvention reigns in Greater Cincinnati -  just ask MadTree Brewing, Lisnr and KnowledgeHound, all companies started by former P&G employees. Or talk to Everything But The House, Astronomer and Enable Injections – more companies founded by Greater Cincinnati-based entrepreneurs. Dozens of incubators and accelerators offer funding and mentorship opportunities.

Philanthropy and civic engagement are hallmarks of the YP generation. This group can easily make a difference here: James Brown Mural in OTR

  • Have fun with other young professionals while participating in community service through Give Back Cincinnati.
  • Support ArtsWave, the nation’s first and largest community campaign for the arts. The organization raised $12.45M in 2016, which funded more than 100 arts programs across the region.
  • Visit the philanthropic lab at People’s Liberty, which funds civic-minded talent in the community.
  • Volunteer with United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the one of the largest United Way branches in the country.

Break perceptions: YPs who want to change their communities will feel at home here. Many of the region’s largest employers – including P&G, Macy’s, and Kroger – are leading the charge to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. For example, anti-discrimination language regarding sexual orientation was added to P&G's equal employment opportunity clause 25 years ago. And for three years in a row, Greater Cincinnati earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index.

For new college graduates thinking about their next move – Greater Cincinnati is home to possibilities.

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