If you ask most second-year MBA students around McColl Building what their classmate Jeremiah Myers (MBA ’13) is most passionate about, they would unequivocally say traveling. “I just got back from an exchange program in China and across Southeast Asia, and I went to China and Japan last May for a short term immersion,” Myers says. “I’ve been to more than 20 countries, and I think South Asia is probably the most fascinating.”
Myers, who says that Thailand, the Philippines and Hong Kong are among his favorite places that he’s visited, thanks UNC Kenan-Flagler for some of these travel opportunities, as well as other experiential learning projects during his MBA coursework.
“Through the STAR program and the Dean’s Fellows Program, UNC has a very robust program to improve your leadership skill set,” Myers says. “Personally, when it came to understanding how to manage and interact with peers, I’ve learned a lot through projects with the team-based approach in the first year.”
After completing his undergraduate degree at Hampton University in Virginia, and working for three years in corporate finance with Johnson & Johnson in both Philadelphia and Cincinnati, Myers wanted to pursue an MBA to transition into the consulting field.
“From a career perspective, I wanted to have a job that allows for more project-based experience and that allows me to broaden my exit opportunities,” Myers says. “From a personal standpoint I wanted to work on becoming a better leader.”
His coursework focuses on general management and consulting in UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program, which Myers believes will prepare him well for many opportunities in the long run. In choosing an MBA program, he says that he looked for a school that had accessible professors and a solid action-based learning component. Also high among Myers’ priorities was an atmosphere of intelligent, driven students who demonstrated a willingness to help and collaborate with their classmates. “UNC does a great job at balancing the two – the students are well accomplished and have a knack for understanding each other,” he says. “Kenan-Flagler has both met and exceeded my expectations.”
Myers has come far in developing his leadership skill set, in particular through the STAR (Student Teams Achieving Results) program, which offers students the opportunity to consult with real companies in an action-based learning environment. “In the STAR project, I worked for Cousins Properties, a real estate company that’s developing 123 West Franklin Street into mixed-use space, including retail, living and office space,” Myers says. “I learned how to manage time and people as a team lead. It was a really valuable experience and a great way to put our knowledge into practice.”
Furthermore, with the Leadership Immersion capstone course, which deepens student mastery of key leadership concepts, Myers has participated in non-traditional learning experiences such as Outward Bound, an outdoor leadership and team-building program.
“A leadership immersion program is a differentiator for any school, but UNC’s program is something that no other school is really doing,” he says.
In addition to pursuing a variety of learning opportunities outside the classroom, Myers has been heavily involved in the UNC Kenan-Flagler community. Serving as president of the Minority Business Student Alliance, student liaison to the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and the student representative for the Dean’s Fellows Program, Myers has capitalized on a number of leadership experiences on campus.
After graduating from UNC Kenan-Flagler, Myers will apply his knowledge of consulting and leadership skills to a position as a senior consultant in the strategy and operations group for Deloitte in Atlanta beginning in August. Myers previously interned with Deloitte in summer 2012, and the firm offered him a full time position, helping Myers achieve the career goal he held upon entering UNC Kenan-Flagler two years ago.
“The one thing I would tell future students is not to underestimate the program size,” he says. “UNC is slightly smaller than average, but that actually has a lot of benefits. It allows you to meet all of your classmates and have a lot more face time with the faculty and staff at the school.”