UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Shaping Leaders, Driving Results

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Ganesh Raj

Ganesh Raj

Class:

Undergraduate Business 2012

Born in:

Bangalore, India

Raised in:

Saint Louis, Missouri and Jacksonville, Florida

"The undergraduate business program at UNC is, in my mind, one of the best programs in the nation at integrating classroom knowledge into real-world experiences."

My internship

Last summer I interned with Ernst & Young in Charlotte, in a program designed to expose students to the different parts of the firm. I had a great experience and it taught me a lot about working in a professional services firm. This summer I will be working as a Summer Business Analyst for McKinsey & Company in Atlanta.

Career goals

After graduation, I hope to enter management consulting; However, I’m not as sure about my long term plans. Entrepreneurship has always appealed to me, especially in the tech sector, as a way to get involved in the industry. After that, I hope to return to academia and hopefully teach the next generation of business students.

Why I chose UNC

As soon as I stepped on to UNC’s campus, I knew that it was the one for me. Choosing a college among many peers is more a question of feel than anything else, and I knew that UNC was the place for me. UNC Kenan-Flagler offers one of the best undergraduate business programs in the world.

Experience of the undergraduate business program at UNC

The undergraduate business program at UNC is, in my mind, one of the best programs in the nation at integrating classroom knowledge into real-world experiences. The undergraduate business administration and the clubs make what we learn as applicable as possible. One of the most prominent programs at UNCKenan-Flagler is the STAR program, where undergraduates and MBAs team together to help solve a real-life problem for a client.

I worked on a team with 4 BSBAs and 2 MBAs to determine the details of a major category launch for a Fortune 50 retailer. Working with a real client was extremely fulfilling, and allowed me to see a different side of the classroom concepts. Our team ultimately presented to 14 senior client contacts, including four vice presidents of the company.

The data wasn’t neat, the client wasn’t always easy to work with, and the problems didn’t have an easy solution. However, the answer that we got to provided concrete value for the client. These kind of experiences are what you can expect at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

The UNC Kenan-Flagler network

Students at UNC thoroughly enjoy their time in college, and there is no doubt that the feeling carries over to alumni relations. I have never felt out of place contacting an alumni for an introduction or a question. They almost always respond, and are happy to help future Tar Heels join their company.

Involvement in student life

  • Undergraduate Business Student Government President
  • Carolina Economics Club
  • Out-Of-State Student Association
  • Boards of the University Library System and University Career Services
  • Consulting Club
  • Investment Society

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