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5 reasons to choose UNC Business Essentials

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I discovered the UNC Business Essentials (UBE) program as a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I was talking to a friend who had completed it and I remember being a little skeptical. I didn’t know if it would be the right fit for me.

However, my friend reassured me that I wouldn’t regret my decision. I eventually decided to enroll in the program, and looking back, I am so glad I did. Not only has it been a great experience overall, UBE has helped me expand my skills and hone in on what I want to do in the future.

If you are a bit unsure of whether or not this program is for you, here are five reasons why you should choose UNC Business Essentials.


Because the program is online, you have the flexibility of deciding when you want to start and set the pace at which you complete it. I am a full-time college student, so I decided to complete the program over the summer. I was in Ethiopia for the entire month of July, so I worked around that and made sure that I could still enjoy my time abroad and finish UBE.


One reason I was apprehensive about the program was because I didn’t know if I would be interested in the material. I am not a business major, but UBE taught me so much about what I want to do in the future and has proved extremely relatable to my career goals. I want to be a lawyer and taking UBE has allowed me to think about opening my own practice one day from a business perspective.


Not only does UBE teach key business skills and enhance your employability, the curriculum is designed by faculty from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. By completing the program, you earn a certificate from UNC Kenan-Flagler, a nationally ranked institution, which is an amazing addition to your resume.


The UBE portal through which you complete the program is very user-friendly. I am not very tech savvy, but I used the website with no problems whatsoever. You have 24/7 access to program tutors and interact with other students who are completing the program. I found this feature extremely helpful since I could ask questions with relative ease and quickly get clarification on anything I was confused about.


I know fun isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a program about business fundamentals, but I enjoyed the entire process. I learned a lot, and the modules were engaging and relevant to the things I care about. I felt really stimulated by the material and the assignments were designed to enhance my learning and apply the concepts to real-world examples.

I am so grateful to the UNC Business Essentials program because it gave me a unique opportunity to get real-world business education and skills I wouldn’t have otherwise.

By Aklesia Maereg (BA ’20)