Finding Fit - A Career Transitions Workshop

Upcoming Workshop Dates:

27-29 September 2013 - Tentative 
Charlottesville, VA

Presented by Jim Clawson (Professor of Business Administration, Darden)
Connie Dato English (Director of The Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services, Darden)

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Why Should I Attend This Workshop?
Discovering "what's next" is one of the most challenging and exciting steps in every individual's life and career. The purpose of this workshop is to equip you with the career management skills and resources to determine "what's next" and to achieve your career and life goals. Numerous self-assessment tools will be used to help you define your life themes and life dreams and turn them into career objectives. These assessment tools will be discussed and analyzed during the first two days of the workshop. The third day of the workshop will focus on the process of finding what's next by creating high-impact resumes and marketing materials and developing the skills and resources to access today's market.

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals seeking to define and find "what's next" for them
  • Individuals considering or in the midst of a job transition
  • Individuals interested in learning or refining career management skills
  • This workshop is open to UVa alumni (and their partners) and alumni from member schools of the MBA Alliance Group. All participants must have a minimum of 10 years of work experience. Enrollment is limited to the first 35 registrants. Register early as previous sessions have sold out six weeks before the session!

What is the Purpose of the Program?

  • To assist alumni in developing and converting their life themes into career goals and creating job objectives
  • To help alumni make powerful and satisfying career transitions
  • To help alumni generate their own personal marketing packages
  • To provide life-long learning for alumni

What Topics Will be Covered?

Identifying and refining your life themes Translating your life themes into career objectives
Generating your marketing materials Creating a plan to achieve your career objective
Analyzing market data Generating job leads

How Do I Sign Up?
Enroll by completing the Registration Form and mailing or faxing it to the Darden Alumni Career Services Office (address and fax number are on the registration form). Confirmation of acceptance will be sent upon receipt of form.  There is no charge for cancellations made before the early registration date of August 15, 2012; cancellations made after this date will incur a $300 fee.

Where Will I Stay During the Workshop?
Lodging will be available at Sponsors Hall at Darden. A single room reservation will be made in your name for two evenings (lodging costs for the two nights are included in the workshop fee). Rooms are available for additional nights for an additional cost if you wish to extend your stay. If you would like to stay an additional night, contact the Alumni Career Services office at 434-924-4876 or, or indicate that you would like to stay an extra night on your registration form and we will check on availability and cost.

When is the Workshop?
The workshop begins on Friday, September 21, 2012 and will conclude by 4:30 PM. on Sunday, September 23, 2012.

How Much Does the Program Cost?
The fee for this workshop is $1595 per person for those registering by the early registration date of August 15, 2012 and $1895 thereafter. The price includes tuition, course materials, lodging, and meals.  Darden Alumni who are unemployed at the time of the workshop will receive a 15% discount off these prices.


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Career Transitions - Testimonials of Prior Workshop Participants

"Should be a required process for everyone to better understand who they are and what they want in their career and life."
Small Business Owner, McIntire '91

"After struggling with these issues for years, I've finally found a process that brings it all together and the instructors helped me understand the 'fit' between self and career that I am seeking!"
Business Manager, UVA spouse '94

"For those who are searching for a career path that resonates with whom they are, I can not think of a better place to start than with this workshop."
Senior Business Analyst, UVA M. Engineering '98

"Whether trying to find a new career or seeking more fun from your current career, this workshop helps you understand what you want from your career and life!"
Consultant, Darden '02

"This program really changed my perspective on my career and the future. It has given me the 'tools' to search for what I want."
Registered Nurse, UVA M. Nursing '01

"An unexamined life is not worth living! I wish I would have had access to this process 25 years ago…"
Lawyer, UVA Law '87

"It's not just about your work, it's about your life."
Division Manager, UVA '80

"It gave me a clear definition of who I am, what my strengths are, and what's important to me in finding my next career challenge."
VP Marketing, UVA Partner '87

"Inspiring; life altering; helps one answer the most important question in life."
In Transition, Darden '77

"The most thought provoking 2 ½ days I've spent on relating my life to my work and career."
Director Strategy and Planning, UVA '86

"The best and most substantive life and career planning experience I have participated in. The tools and lessons will continue to resonate for the rest of my life."
Professor, UVa Partner '92

"Unqualified recommendation for all alumni who are asking, 'What's next?'"
Marketing, Darden '79

"Career Transitions is a practical review of the processes of self assessment, priority setting, targeting and marketing. The discovery or confirmation aspects alone are well worth the investment of time and expenses."
Investment Banker, McIntire '80

"The workshop opened my eyes, began an awareness, and gave me the tools to set off on my journey. You would be foolish to even think about, let alone begin, a job change without this course."
President, middle market company, Darden '87

"This course is a good investment for your career. Do it early and revisit the concepts often. Don't wait until you need to go!"
CPA, McIntire '79

"What a wonderful chance to stop and reflect on your life and make it better."
Financial Manager, Darden '89

"Changing and transition is a very emotionally charged time in our lives. This program provided me with approaches to understand those emotions."
President, Marketing/Sales, Darden '76

"The program provided me with a powerful foundation to explore challenging career and life issues. My 'Career Transitions' teachers and classmates gave me much to think about concerning my future."
Corporate Finance, Darden '90

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Career Transitions Workshop Faculty

James G. Clawson is a Professor of Business Administration at The Darden School. Clawson worked previously as a functional trainer for Mobil Oil Company in Japan and as an International Banking Officer for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. He has consulted with a number of corporations and organizations on issues of organizational design, management development, career management, managing change, leadership development, and human resource management. Clawson has designed and led Darden Executive Education programs; Power and Leadership, The Art of Managing Human Resources, Contemporary Management Issues for NAVAIR, Building the Learning Organization, as well as customized programs for several Darden clients. Clawson received his B.A. from Stanford University, his M.B.A. from Brigham Young University, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.


Connie Dato English is the Director of The Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services. Connie joined ACS in 2001, bringing experience as a consultant and recruiter at Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategic business planner with PepsiCo, Inc.’s corporate headquarters and as human resources manager for J.M. Huber Corporation in its Wood Products Division. Connie received her B.S. from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and her MBA from Darden in '91. She has assisted thousands of alumni spanning all classes and backgrounds over the last 11 years. Additionally she has become a world-renowned expert in helping alumni re-enter the workforce after an extended hiatus.

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