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Three lessons from the UNC Essentials Business Program

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding.” – Walt Disney

Hands typing on keyboardAs my senior year of undergrad is coming to an end, I’ve been reflecting on what has aided in my overall growth. One of those things happens to be the UNC Business Essentials Program (UBE). Initially I believed it would help me land my dream job and be a nice addition to my resume, but after completing the program, I realized it provided so much more.

One of the biggest lessons I took from UBE was how to manage and use my time efficiently. While going through the program, I was working 40 hours a week and taking an online course. My days were non-stop and busy. Luckily, the program had a lot of flexibility and no strict deadlines, making it an overall enjoyable learning experience. With the challenge of managing my busy schedule, I could overcome those challenges and learn how to juggle and complete multiple tasks.

I also became more open to learning about subjects I didn’t know I would have interest in. UBE has multiple modules that dig deep into business concepts. I thought I would love the accounting module since that’s where my initial professional interest lies. After completing the other modules, I found I was actually more interested in other areas like supply chain management.

I also learned more about key factors in business practices. Through the modules, I saw similarities and connections between different business concepts such as supply chain and marketing. Without UBE I wouldn’t have realized how supply chain is essential to business practices, and I’ll be able to use my findings when I began working.

These are only a few of the lessons I’ve taken away from completing the program. I think that UNC’s Business Essentials Program will aid anyone in ways they might not expect. As Walt Disney once said, diligence and dedication will lead to accomplishing goals and discovering new ones.

 By Da’Jah Anderson-Huff (BA ’18)