Neal Patel graduated in May 2016 with a major in marketing, looking forward to putting his experiences in sports marketing to work.
Why did you study marketing?
The reason I chose marketing was for the vast amount of career opportunities that it opens up for you. With a marketing degree you can get a job in anything from advertising and sales to digital marketing and marketing analytics.
Why did you choose the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte?
I chose the Belk College of Business because of the unlimited networking possibilities it offers in the city of Charlotte. Being a Charlotte native, it was a no-brainer for me to choose UNC Charlotte because it is a great school, in a great city, with many potential post-grad opportunities.
What activities were you involved in when not working/studying?
In my free time, I always find something to keep me productive, from playing sports to just grabbing a book, relaxing and reading.
What was the best part of your academic experience?
The Belk College of Business has some of the greatest professors on UNC Charlotte’s campus. They are very knowledgeable about their specific fields and most of them have real-world experiences that make the classes more interesting. Because the professors integrate their real-world experiences into the course material, the students come out of class better prepared to face a professional work environment.
How would you describe the Belk College of Business to someone who is thinking about applying?
The Belk College of Business is a great business school. It offers a wide variety of opportunities to its students during their undergraduate experiences and beyond. The connections that the Belk College has with various companies also benefit students as they enter the workforce after graduation. Another great advantage of the school is its location. It is located only 10 minutes from uptown Charlotte, which is not only one of the United State’s biggest financial headquarters, but also is home to many Fortune 500 companies.
What plans are your pursuing now that you have graduated?
I plan to work for a major sports team or sports marketing firm. Being a Charlotte native, it would be a dream come true to work for the Carolina Panthers in their marketing/branding department.