Johnson County Community College (JCCC), Health Information Systems, introduced Kaitlin Motley of KCnext and Kaiti Xouris of the Kansas City Area Development Council to approximately forty students and faculty this afternoon. Their presentation included an overview of the workforce opportunities and recruitment trends in the Kansas City area.
Kansas City is considered to be in the midst of its “golden opportunity” to harness the momentum of the tech industry. Its greatest asset is creative people, who do innovative things with outside the box companies. Whether you are a specialized developer or a marketer with a tech interest, there is a need and a place for you.
One tip that you can do for finding a job or internship would be networking. “There are tons of events going on all the time, where many companies go specifically to source talent,” said Kaitlin. Another tip would be considering helping out a start-up company. Kaiti stated, “Sometimes these opportunities are not paid; however, they can be great for building your portfolio. Because start-ups are so strapped, you will often be able to wear many hats and get great experience that you might not in working for a larger corporation.” JCCC student, Stephanie Sakoulas, mentioned she was pleasantly surprised to hear about the corporations that she didn’t even know were here in Kansas City and that the future of the IT market definitely looks on the rise.
This information session was the first this semester in a monthly speaker series hosted by the Health Information Systems department. The next session will be on Wednesday, October 29 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the Regnier Center (RC270) where Laura McCrary, Executive Director, of the Kansas Health Information Network Inc. will present.
You may also contact Kaitlin Motley: motley@KCnext.com and Kaiti Xouris: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.