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UBE – Overseas and At Home

I felt extremely accomplished after submitting my final quiz of the Business Essentials program. I have been on a journey with this program for the last few months. I started the program in late May while I was studying abroad in Sydney, Australia. My classes at the University of Sydney were not too involved at the time that I started Business Essentials. I set aside an hour or so every couple of days to work on the program. After completing the first section, exam week for my university’s classes was nearing. I took a break from Business Essentials while I took my exams and spent the next few weeks traveling some of the east coast of Australia. After returning to Read More

Confidence and Comprehension

This summer at my internship, I was chatting with a manager about a few of the inner workings of our company. Throughout the conversation, the phrase “accounts receivable” was tossed around. I nodded my head and pretended to know to what my manager was referring. Luckily for me, the UBE course’s unit on this topic was next on my list. Before taking this online course offered by the business school, I was completely unaware of several basic business concepts. As a history and political science major, I was unequipped this summer at my internship when discussing the responsibilities and strategies of business, especially when those responsibilities and strategies were accompanied with business-specific jargon. UBE’s online business certificate program helped me Read More

Never too Busy for these Business Basics

Have a full plate? Welcome to the life of the average college student! In three months, I packed in two mini-vacations, a five-day Indian wedding celebration, a summer study abroad program in France (can you say parlez-vous anglais, because that’s about all I can!), studied for and sat the Medical College Admission Test, and completed the online Business Essentials Certificate program through UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Frequently, conversations with my peers revolve around how busy we all are. The trademark of a student is to chase every opportunity surrounding our interests in an effort to gain the tools and experiences needed to succeed after graduation. A very important foundation that could benefit a student going into almost any field is Read More

Business Benefits for a Bio Major

If you have spent any time as a student at UNC-Chapel Hill (or as a college student in general), you know that balancing extra-curriculars, a job, and classes for your major can be quite a handful. I’ve experienced this myself first-hand – over the past three years, I have been performing a constant juggling act, trying to maintain high grades while doing community service and exploring club activities, all in the effort to become a well-rounded and marketable employee after graduation. One of the greatest things about UNC is that there is truly something for everyone here, no matter your interests. There are also many ways to use varied skill sets in an interdisciplinary fashion in order to accomplish different Read More

Flexibility and Feedback – Great Assets

I completed the UNC Business Essentials online business certificate program this summer while working a full-time internship. The program is designed so that each participant can work on the course modules at their own pace, without having to abide by any strict guidelines. For me personally, this was the program’s greatest asset. I was able to work all day at the office, and then come home at night to complete sections of the course. Being able to move at my own speed gave me the opportunity to work in my free time, and even some weekends when I didn’t have much to do. Each lesson activity, quiz, written assignment, and exam could be completed at any time and in any Read More

Learning Business – At My Own Pace

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

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

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

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

Detailed Concepts Helpful in Real-World Situations

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