UNC Business Essentials Blog

Learning Business – At My Own Pace

September 16, 2014 By Chloe Imus Imus

I have always wanted to pursue my interest in business, but my schedule never permitted it until I found the flexibiliity flexibility of UNC Business Essentials. As a Spanish Language and Global Studies major, business might seem like a topic furthest from my interests, but the opposite should be true for liberal arts majors. Liberal arts majors who have been taught how to think and compile information are most valuable in the business world – as long as you can hold your own in business situations by having the confidence to use business rhetoric and skills. This is exactly what UBE taught me and it has been a perfect complement to my degree. The flexibility of UBE is what really allowed Read More

Ready to Tackle Social Injustice

January 28, 2014 By Chex Yu chex

For people who are very invested in the field of social justice, activism or development, business might seem a rather foreign concept at first. At least that was the case for me. I have a strong interest in social innovation and international development and worked experienced this field from multiple perspectives – on the grassroots level, at academic research institutions and multilateral development agencies. The more I engage with this field, the more I realize the importance of business skills, which is beneficial in almost any profession and definitely not restricted to the business world. This is the primary reason that I decided to enroll with the UBE program. I completed the course this past summer when I also had Read More

Discussion Board Offers Unique Experience

January 21, 2014 By Khaylah Epps epps

I was extremely timid in starting UNC Business Essentials for a plethora of reasons. The first reason for which I was scared to start the program was due to the fact that I have had no exposure to any business coursework. Although I knew this program was tailored for non-business majors, I still had doubts about my aptitude for business topics. The second reason I was timid to start this program was because I thought that my academic training would not mesh well with the structure of the coursework of UBE. In my field of training we never utilize multiple-choice tests, instead, we prefer to write. With that said, I was not sure if I would find success in a Read More

Nonbeliever Sees New World with UBE

January 14, 2014 By Nicole Welsh Welsh

I’ve never been a business minded individual. Growing up, my mother always used to joke that I had no sense of business, and I could easily be tricked out of anything. In my obstinate ways, I informed my mother that not everyone has to major in accounting to know something about the world. Now as I prepare to look for jobs after graduation in the spring, I realized that I’ve had it wrong. I realized how hypocritical it was that I preached social entrepreneurship and business trainings as means of empowerment while I was working in South Africa, yet I had no knowledge of even the fundamentals myself. These were the main reasons why this past summer I chose to Read More

Speaking the Language

January 7, 2014 By Zoe Wolszon Wolszon

As a non-business major interested in entrepreneurship and the translational/client-facing/business side of medical devices, I recently realized just how important it is to be able to “speak the language” of business. This means knowing what ROI and asset turnover are, as well as what they mean for a business or investor. It means understanding and being able to analyze balance sheets and cash flow statements, and determine what steps you can take to, say, improve your cash flow. Other than aimless Google searches, I’m not entirely sure how I would have achieved that without the UNC  Business Essentials (UBE) program. The purpose of the program is not to make you an expert or substitute for a business degree; it is Read More

Detailed Concepts Helpful in Real-World Situations

January 2, 2014 By Katelyn Blanchard Katelyn_final

When I first heard of the Business Essentials program, I assumed that it would be a very basic overview of business concepts, something that would give me a small taste of business courses. It seemed like a good program (UNC Kenan-Flagler is in the top 20 business schools in the country), but I was somewhat skeptical about the depth of the content of the program and what I would practical skills I would gain. However, once I began the program, I began to see how detailed and relevant this program was. It covered detailed information about marketing, developing and maintaining good communications skills, finance accounting (which was the main draw for me), and many other business-relevant topics. My career goals Read More

More Than a Line on a Resume

December 23, 2013 By Caroline Conner Connor

I’m proud to have UNC Business Essentials on my resume. As Psychology major, I’ve grown passionate about how psychological principles and ideas can be applied to everyday life. Not a day passes where I don’t have a thought about how an experience relates to my coursework. My poor roommates have been inundated with lines like “Well, the availability heuristic tells us…” My liberal arts degree has taught me how to analyze, how to think, and how to better work with others. I’m passionate about the subject matter, which my degree is simply something I’m unwilling to change–no matter how many news outlets report its dwindling post-graduation value. I am, however, pursuing a career in business. So, how does a Psychology major Read More

Knowledge Gained from UBE Already Being Applied

December 17, 2013 By Christopher Felix Felix2

As an incoming first-year, I chose my academic path solely based on my interests. I loved the problem solving of biology and chemistry and the creativity involved in music. In addition, I have always had an interest in business, but was unsure how I could balance business, science, and music. Ultimately, I chose science and music. Now, as a senior, I’m looking into many different job routes and realize that my resume was very science-heavy, and I wanted to become more “well-rounded.” With the Business Essentials Program, I have been able to showcase to future employers that I have the business knowledge to succeed. The program really worked with my schedule and I was able to complete it this past Read More

Business Essentials Helps Fill in the Gaps

December 10, 2013 By Clara Hicks hicks

As a pre-dental student constantly consumed by challenging undergraduate science courses, it’s easy to get lost in the preparation for dental school and forget about the ultimate goal: actually owning a private dental practice. After I took a step back from my undergraduate schedule and considered my future as a practicing dentist, I realized that my education would certainly prepare me for my career, but with one exception: business ownership. This was my equivalent to the moment of panic that many rising seniors experience when they realize they have to face the post-college life sooner rather than later. Luckily, my fears were allayed when I received a letter in the mail about the UNC Business Essentials Program. It provides the Read More

The Ease of UBE

December 3, 2013 By Aanya Udyavar Udyavar

Are you nervous? Well I was scared. No seriously, I was nervous to begin the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business Essentials program because I had not used my math skills in a long time, I get test anxiety, and I did not think I would be able to handle the course load. Thankfully, within a single day of starting the program my fears were relieved, because I promise you that this course is everything I could have ever wanted or needed. Top-notch faculty members from the business school instruct easy to understand lectures and give an ample amount of examples so you can thoroughly understand the concepts. Additionally, you are not put under a ticking clock, so you can go at your Read More