Upon matriculation to UNC, everyone is at a different place regarding career goals. The Explore, Prepare, Connect model provides a solid foundation for personal and professional growth.

Explore is all about discovering career pathways. Take a career assessment to uncover your strengths, interests, skills and abilities. Attend a workshop to learn more about interests, majors and careers.

Prepare is all about getting ready for the world of work. Attend a workshop to develop critical career-related skills such as creating your resume and interview skills. Learn about the importance of professionalism.

Connect is all about meeting people and getting involved in organizations that will help grow your professional network. Connect with employers looking to hire UNC undergraduates for internships and full-time roles through Handshake, UNC’s online career management platform. Get involved with  UNC Kenan-Flagler student clubs and/or organizations that interest you. Participate in one of many networking and recruiting events throughout the year.

By participating in multiple activities in each category, you will learn more about business, the world of work, and yourself. While you are encouraged to attend as many events as possible, if you complete at least two activities from each of the three categories prior to submitting your application, the Admissions team will review your  Pre-Business Passport achievements as part of your application to the Undergraduate Business Program. Use the chart below to identify which activities you would like to choose, and check out the events schedule for a full list of all University Career Services offerings.



Spring 2021 - All University Career Services offerings are virtual.


                   EXPLORE                                              PREPARE                            CONNECT

Your First Steps with UCS

January 26th

Employer Meetup: Resumes that Standout

January 28th

Sales/Marketing/Finance/General Management Job Functions Career Fair

February 22nd

Lean Into Your Strengths

March 15th

LinkedIn: Expand Your Network, Leverage Your Job Search

February 8th

Supply Chain/Logistics/Operations/Production Job Functions Career Fair

February 24th

GoinGlobal: Preparing for International Opportunities

March 30th

Career Fair Cram Sessions

February 3rd

February 9th

February 15th

February 18th


Connecting Interests to Majors

April 1st

Employer Meetup: Standout on Handshake

March 29th


Connecting Majors to Careers

April 21st

Employer Meetup: Negotiation Skills

April 13th




All 1st year and transfer undergraduate students at UNC interested in enhancing their personal and professional development.


On a completely voluntary basis, 1st year and transfer students will have the opportunity to increase their career readiness through participation in a series of workshops and activities designed to facilitate exploration on a personal and professional level.


The majority of workshops and events are offered through University Career Services, and will be virtual in Spring 2021. Please check Handshake for event details.


Given the acceleration of recruiting timelines and the emphasis on career readiness for all students, the Pre-Business Passport provides a series of learning opportunities for 1st year and transfer students to enhance both personal and professional development. Early engagement and reflection will better prepare students for successful and fulfilling careers with positive impact.



Students participating in Pre-Business Passport activities are personally responsible for tracking their own progress. Since all Spring 2021 University Career Services events will be virtual, it is important that participants log into events using their UNC credentials in order for attendance to be tracked. Note: Upon application to the Undergraduate Business Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler, your participation is checked based on electronic attendance records. Misrepresenting your participation in this program may result in a violation of the University Honor Code.

University Honor Code:

It shall be the responsibility of every student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to obey and support the enforcement of the Honor Code. The Honor Code prohibits lying, cheating, or stealing when these actions involve academic processes or university, student, or academic personnel acting in an official capacity.


Frequently Asked Questions


How many activities are required?

The Pre-Business Passport is designed to be self-directed. You may participate in as many or as few activities as you would like. However, to be eligible to submit your Passport activities as part of your application to the UNC Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Business Program, you must complete a minimum of two activities for each of the three categories (i.e., Explore, Prepare, Connect).


How is attendance tracked?

Log in to all University Career Services virtual workshops through Zoom using your UNC credentials. For upcoming virtual career fairs, follow registration instructions through Handshake.  


What if I’m not interested in business?

These activities are helpful and relevant to all students, no matter their major interest areas. Personal and professional development are critical components of your college experience, and there’s no better time to start than the present.


Does participation guarantee admission to the Undergraduate Business Program?

No. However, we believe that participation in this program will help you to better articulate your intentions to study business as well as your interests and goals through your essays and interview in the application process, which may increase your chances of admission. Evaluators will consider your participation as one piece of your overall application.


I have a conflict with an event, is there a makeup time?

Most events will be offered in fall semester and in spring semester, with possible virtual recordings for future access. Keep an eye on the Handshake calendar and the UCS News and Events site for details.