We believe that the best results in pursuing careers come from using the "fit" model, which entails knowing who you are and the key drivers and priorities in your life. Armed with this information, you can evaluate careers and specific job opportunities to find the best fit with your interests, passions, values and skills. Here are several options for you to consider:
Darden's Career Transitions Workshop: This three-day workshop is designed and taught by Darden Professor Jim Clawson along with ACS Director Connie Dato English and is offered at Darden once each year. Full details can be seen on the Career Transitions page.
A Weekend Guide to Self Assessment and Career Development is a paper-based, shorter version of this process. Please note that this document may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the permission of the Darden School Foundation.
Other assessments which you might like to try are:
- CareerLeader - An HBS-connected firm which offers a web-based assessment vehicle that focuses upon personal interest, personal values, key strengths and skills and entrepreneurial instincts. Using the data generated, it matches your answers to about 30 professional careers that MBAs tend to choose. It then suggests matches and non-matches for career choices. It works best for early-stage career choices. This product costs approximately $80.
- Decision Dynamics - The Decision Dynamics model describes four fundamentally different patterns of career experience: Linear, Expert/Professional, Spiral and Transitory. The assessment reports look at your career concepts (what you want to do) and motives (what you think you should do) and how the two differ. Offered to Darden alumni for $39.95.