Student Voices

A Professional Edge: Using MBA@UNC to Stand Out

For Joshua Brown, it was never a question of whether to go back to school for an MBA. It was a matter of figuring out how he could do that …

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How a Recruiter Became a Leader: One MBA@UNC Student’s Journey

As a recruitment manager at Democracy Prep Charter Schools, Jonathan Howard was eager to gain hands-on leadership skills by earning an MBA. But when he started researching different MBA programs, …

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MBA@UNC Valedictorian Talks Success Amid Challenges

Cristina Fitzsimmons graduated valedictorian from MBA@UNC—and she is proof that one can successfully juggle school, work and family while pursuing a degree.

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MBA@UNC Student Channels Entrepreneurial Expertise into Caregiver Retreats

Launching a business is a complex challenge with many moving parts. Getting a venture off the ground demands dedication and drive, and there are a variety of strategic skills that are crucial for long-term success. In a competitive market, how do you get the attention of investors and, moreover, your target audience? These are questions that Allison Hughes asked herself before she decided to enter the MBA@UNC program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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Gaining Focus: MBA@UNC Student Lauri De Cicco Repurposes Her Venture

When Lauri De Ciccio decided to enroll in MBA@UNC, she was struggling to generate interest in her new Web site, ToddlerResource.com External link. Through online MBA entrepreneurship courses, De Ciccio gained the support and resources she needed to take her venture to the next level.

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From Layoff to Dream Job: A MBA@UNC Student’s Journey Through Unemployment

George Yanez is from North Carolina and now works as an associate product manager at ReverbNation (a fast-growing tech startup that provides online tools to music industry professionals). Yanez earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and spent 11 years working as a hardware engineer. He completed the MBA@UNC program in December 2013.

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The Lives of Leaders: After Class with MBA@UNC Graduate Candice Brown

MBA@UNC attracts a diverse group of busy professionals from across the country. One quality they all share is their deep commitment to professional and personal development. Candice Brown is a prime example of this development-minded spirit and was chosen as the October cohort’s student commencement speaker. The MBA@UNC blog recently spoke with Brown about how the program has helped her grow professionally, where she completed some of her coursework (hint: it required a passport), and what she plans to do next.

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Networking with Fellow Tar Heels as a MBA@UNC Student

One of the many reasons why professionals pursue their MBA is to grow their personal network. A strong network plays a vital role in the development of one’s career growth. The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School has an alumni network over 32,000 strong.

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Student Voices: The Carolina Way

Legendary UNC-Chapel Hill basketball coach Dean Smith first coined the words “The Carolina Way” to reflect the spirit of the university. The Carolina Way means something slightly different to every Carolina student and alum, but underpinning every definition is a belief in excellence. This excellence drew me to Carolina as both an undergrad and graduate student, and it’s what attracts so many students from around the world.

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Student Voices: How I Landed My Dream Job through MBA@UNC

I decided to pursue an MBA because my responsibilities and oversight in the IT project management arena escalated, as did the necessity for integrating other functions across the business. I sought the managerial competence to ensure our technology priorities met the far-reaching needs of the organization as a whole. While I felt highly confident within the confines of my IT world, I lacked the business knowledge to advocate effectively at a broader, visionary level.

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