Heading into March, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School was tracking slightly ahead year-over-year and anticipated final employment numbers that would exceed 2019. “Once the pandemic hit,” Tammy Samuels says, “we acted swiftly and creatively to avoid having our students adversely impacted by the drastically changing economic environment. We rethought how to support our students in this new climate and working remotely.”
With the ongoing pandemic and the fragility of the economy, she adds, the future remains uncertain.
“We are working closely with our employer partners to understand their changing needs and advocate for our students, and we continue to seek new partnerships,” Samuels says. “While we carefully monitor industry trends and the economic landscape, we continue to be agile in adapting to this new world. One thing is certain and that is the UNC Kenan-Flagler community will remain dedicated and resilient in doing all that we can to best support our students. Our students and the Class of 2020 have shown resilience and have learned important lessons about managing uncertainty in this rapidly changing business climate. Employers recognize that our students are critical thinkers who bring the ability to collaborate and lead to deliver results.
“We remain diligent and committed to our students’ success, and I am confident we all will emerge stronger.”