Jacob Maniloff is pursuing his bachelor of science degree in Business Administration with a double major in Operations & Supply Chain Management and Management and a concentration in Human Resources.
Why did you choose these areas of study?
I have decided to pursue a double major because as the job market gets more competitive, I need to do all I can to separate myself in any way possible. I selected Operations & Supply Chain Management because it is a growing field that will continue to demand more jobs. Furthermore, it requires a logistical and analytic mindset that I believe I have. I selected the Management major because it will help grow and develop the leadership skills I am learning through my involvement in student organizations.
Why did you choose the Belk College of Business/UNC Charlotte?
I chose the Belk College of Business and UNC Charlotte because it is one of North Carolina’s best business schools that combines a rigorous academic course load with dedicated professors who truly want their students to succeed after graduation. Also, Charlotte is one of the largest business cities in the southeast, and thus provides excellent networking opportunities for students in the Belk College.
What activities are you involved in when not working/studying?
I am currently serving as the Director of Special Programs for the Business Honors Program in the Belk College of Business. My duties within this position are to ensure the new members of the program have a smooth and successful transition into UNC Charlotte and are made aware of the resources provided by the university that they need to succeed. I am also responsible for overseeing a group of Business Honors Program students who serve as mentors to the new members. I also serve as the Director of Communications for the Society of Human Resources Management. This is a student organization on campus through the Belk College of Business. In this role, I am responsible for ensuring reliable and consistent communication between the members and the executive board.
What has been the best part of your academic experience so far?
The best part of my experience at UNC Charlotte and in the Belk College of Business so far has been my extracurricular involvement around the university. As a business student, grades are important, but employers are looking for so much more in a candidate than just a strong GPA. The Belk College of Business does an excellent job of encouraging its students to participate in networking events and student organizations to help grow leadership skills and develop students into professionals for the business community.
How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone who is thinking about applying?
The Belk College of Business is an excellent option for any student who is serious about obtaining a useful business degree to be applied to the workforce after graduation. The coursework, dedicated professors, networking events, and various student organizations provide ample opportunities for students to learn inside and outside of the classroom and prepare for a successful career after graduation.
What else would you like to share with us?
Originally I was reluctant to come to UNC Charlotte, because I live fairly close to campus, but shortly after arriving at the university, I realized this was the best choice I had ever made for myself. The University has provided all of the tools I could ask for to succeed while in college and I am very confident I will be able to transfer what I have learned at UNC Charlotte into a job after I graduate. The students at UNC Charlotte are all academically focused and this creates a competitive but helpful learning environment where students are all trying their absolute best to succeed but are also welcoming and helpful to each other.