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Graduating soon? If you’re like most of your fellow students, you’re probably applying for positions in large cities from coast to coast, but have you considered the city around you? Ann Arbor is thriving and bursting at the seams with unique restaurants and bars, cultural attractions, and entrepreneurial activity. And to top it all off, the city is extremely affordable compared to places like New York City and San Francisco.

Main Street, Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is also generating a buzz nationally, having recently been ranked as one of the “10 Best Cities for Young Adults” by Kiplinger, and as one of Forbes’ “Best Places for Business and Careers”.

Ann Arbor employers, ranging from small University of Michigan student-led startups to international corporations like Google, are chomping at the bit for highly skilled talent to fill open positions in their companies. Ann Arbor SPARK has many resources that can help connect current and recent students to these opportunities. For example, take a look at Ann Arbor SPARK’s Job Portal, which is constantly updated with the latest available positions at innovative companies in the region.

Looking to get in front of an employer face-to-face? SPARK also has a local event calendar that shows SPARK’s upcoming events and other regional networking and tech-focused events.

Increasingly, students are deciding to seek opportunity in Michigan—with great results. Take for example Julia Shi, a graduate of the University of Michigan, who decided to stay in Michigan to find employment after graduation and now works as an associate digital strategist for the Ann Arbor marketing firm re:group.

During her senior year at Michigan, Julia often turned to SPARK for job leads, following Ann Arbor SPARK on Twitter and checking the SPARK regional job portal. After searching consistently, she narrowed her focus in on re:group, and met the company at a SPARK Hot Shots networking event. She recognized that this casual job mixer would be a great opportunity to interact with the agency and see what the culture is like.  Julia was able to connect with the organization at this event, follow up with additional interviews, and ultimately land the amazing job she has today.

We encourage you to take advantage of these resources the way Julia has and connect with the opportunities right at your doorstep in Ann Arbor.