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Tips for maximizing career and life success

During orientation, Markus Saba (MBA ’93), senior director of global commercialization for Lilly Diabetes at Eli Lilly and Company, addressed the Full-Time MBA Class of 2016. He offered very practical advice that, if heeded, will position students to maximize their MBA experience. Here are my takeaways: Hold yourself accountable for achieving your goals by writing them down. My professional background is in PR and communications, so I am no stranger to curating and completing a to-do list. However, I had not previously taken the time to explore the significance of maintaining a list, except as a mechanism to keep myself organized. Mr. Saba extoled the practice of writing down your goals, indicating that it ultimately makes you more likely to Read More

7 reasons you should attend ASW

There are three pillars to success in business school: Academic, career and social. UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Analytical Skills Workshop (ASW) prepares you for all three. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to attend, check out our Top 7 Reasons to Attend ASW – with insights from current MBA students. 7. Get your bearings. Whether you’re from the area or moving from across the country or across the world, arriving in Chapel Hill this summer will give you time to get acclimated to your new surroundings, figure out your commuting options and get the lay of the land. “From a social aspect, I got used to living in Alta Springs during ASW. I got used to traveling back and Read More

10 things you don’t know about Dr. B.

We don’t mean to brag, but our professors are pretty cool. Sridhar Balasubramanian – also known as “Dr. B.” – is associate dean of the MBA Program, the Roy & Alice H. Richards Bicentennial Distinguished Scholar and professor of marketing at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Named one of the top 50 business school professors in the world by Poets & Quants, Dr. B is a widely published and cited researcher and award-winning teacher dedicated to making the UNC Kenan-Flagler experience the best it can be for students. Get to know the person behind the professor with these fun facts shared by Dr. B. 10 things you don’t know about Dr. B. 10) I have stayed at school beyond 10 p.m., meeting with Read More


“How do you do it?” As an MBA student and mom of two daughters under the age of 4, I’m asked that question a lot. When I started school in August 2012, my youngest was only 4 months old. I decided to go back to school for my daughters, Graelyn (now 3 years old) and Elcie (almost 2 years old). I want them to see through my actions how much our family values education and what you can achieve through hard work. I’m not getting my MBA despite of my children. I’m getting it because of them. So when I’m asked, “How do you do it?” or someone declares, “I don’t know how you manage — I’m barely getting by!” Read More

5 reasons you still have a chance of admission in the last MBA application deadline

Are you debating whether to submit your application to UNC Kenan-Flagler’s full-time MBA program in Round 4? Here are 5 reasons you still have a chance of admission in the last MBA application deadline. The odds might be in your favor. Fewer applicants apply in the fourth round, so while the number of total offers extended during this round might be lower, the percentage of applicants admitted might be just as high as in earlier rounds. We might be looking for someone just like you. By the time the final round deadline arrives, we already know which of the previously admitted applicants have decided to enroll and can begin to see how the Class of 2016 is shaped and where Read More

How to Decide Which Full-Time MBA Program Is Right for Me

It is highly commendable to make the decision to return to school full time to get an MBA. It can be confusing, though, trying to determine which programs you want to apply to and which one you want to subsequently enroll in. Rankings can be a great place to start, as they have done a lot of the narrowing down for you. It’s safe to say you will get a phenomenal business education from any of the top-20 programs. It is up to you to take that list and delve in more deeply to examine the qualitative aspects of those programs that best align with your goals. Location From small towns to large cities, the top-20 MBA programs vary in Read More

How Do I Finance My MBA?

You’ve considered pursuing an MBA and decided it is a smart move for your career. It can be exciting to think about your future in a top MBA program and your post-graduation job prospects, but there’s always that one lingering uncertainty: “How do I finance my MBA?” Attending school full time and forfeiting your income for two years can be a considerable financial burden – a full-time MBA program’s tuition can exceed $50,000 per year. That, coupled with living expenses and other costs inherent in pursuing an MBA, makes it imperative to have a funding plan in place. The good news is that thousands of people return to business school every year to get their MBA, and they successfully navigate Read More

When is the Right Time for Me to Get an MBA?

There’s a good chance you’re at your desk at work reading this right now. Perhaps you’ve had a recurring thought that you’re not where you want to be in your career and that you need to do something to fix this. You’ve explored your options and see an MBA as a smooth segue into a new career. But how do you know when it is the right time to leave your job to pursue an MBA? In order to determine if you are ready to begin an MBA program, ask yourself the following questions: What do you want to do after you earn your MBA? If you are in the early stages of considering an MBA, you may not have Read More

The Intangible Benefits of an MBA

An MBA is a phenomenal way to re-energize your current career track or help you transition to an entirely new one. Let’s face it: at some point in your career you have probably experienced some sense of dissatisfaction or discontentment. Maybe you feel like you aren’t exercising your skill sets to the highest degree, or you feel out of place in your current role, or you’re simply uninspired by the work you do day in and day out. Perhaps you have felt this way and continued to drudge along, recognizing that it’s a common crisis point in everyone’s career. It certainly can be, but there is a way to change your career trajectory: an MBA. The most obvious benefit an Read More

Qualities of a Successful MBA Student

So you think you’re ready to return to school to get your MBA, but aren’t sure if your background or business acumen are the right fit for a particular school.  While we can’t speak for all schools, we can tell you what qualities we look for in top MBA candidates for the Full-time program at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Let’s start with the basics.  Naturally, we expect our students to have a strong intellectual capacity and quantitative ability.  These are typical qualities of a successful MBA student.  In addition, we also look for our students to maintain a high level of emotional capacity as well; students who are collaborative, passionate and empathetic.  It is the combination of these two, seemingly distinct character Read More