Flexible program teaches business basics

Sierra Shell

Sierra Shell

The UNC Business Essentials program is a comprehensive certificate program aimed at preparing non-business majors for a world in which every graduate needs to understand the basics of business.

Created by the capable educators of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, the certificate program gave me an edge and helped me feel more prepared and confident about my future, especially in this rocky economic atmosphere.

Business Essentials covers an introductory overview to the business sphere, accounting, economics, marketing, business operations and targeted writing skills. I learned to create a balance sheet, to organize a supply chain, to write a proper memo and to manage inventory, among many other skills.

And as a very busy college student, I greatly appreciated the flexibility of the program. I completed all six modules in a three month period during the summer, all amidst working two jobs, studying French and travelling to China.

This semester, I am an intern at an education policy think tank, the NC Public School forum. As a public policy major interning in my field of interest, I never would have expected to make such use of my Business Essentials skills. Those who work in the public sector – and, I imagine, in any professional line of work – employ business skills every day. The program has come in handy, especially in my internship where I help manage communications between departments.

In the end, I feel that completing this program is going to help me land the job I want and help me be a more effective employee in my field.

By Sierra Shell

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