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Each individual is unique, of course, and there are as many career stories and career pathways as there are graduates of this Program, and those stories and pathways frequently change while at Darden. In general, however, our executive format students come to Darden with one or more of the following five career objectives.
- Climbing within one’s current organization.
- Switching to a new company, industry, and/or profession.
- Transitioning from the military into a new role in the private or public sector.
- Pursuing an entrepreneurial track to launch a new business or expand an existing one.
- Enhancing one’s management skills and business acumen to enable one to “stay on top of their game” and provide continued leadership in a changing business environment.
Regardless of your situation or your professional objectives, the Career Development Center (CDC) is dedicated to your success and excited about the opportunity to work with you to support and advise you on the strategy and tactics for your career and its transitions.
The CDC offers a variety of services that you can take advantage of during your two years at Darden. Many of these services are provided in Charlottesville, in the DC area and remotely, allowing you to engage at the times and places that align best with your schedule. Services include:
Career advisers are available to provide one-on-one advising, ensuring your unique career needs are met and you can focus on making that next step in your professional advancement. Career advisers can help you:
- Establish a career objective
- Discuss a marketing plan
- Conduct mock interviews
- Develop your résumé and cover letter
During the first year of your program, you will have an opportunity to participate in a Career Kickoff meeting with a career adviser to help you chart your course, learn more about CDC resources and shape your objectives. You will also be provided with resources for all stages of the job search process, including:
- Market research
- Résumé writing
- Interviews and negotiations.
Optional interactive workshops are offered throughout your time at Darden. General sessions explore the foundational skills needed for all candidates in a job search, while tailored workshops focus on specific skill development, areas of interest and/or recruiting basics. Online content makes career education accessible 24/7.
In addition, all executive format participate in a Professional Advancement Course (PAC) during their very first quarter in the program.
This course is designed to help executive MBA students adopt new behaviors and reach their potential as managers and leaders. The course begins with drawing the map from where you are today to where you want to be as a result of your MBA.
We also offer a Leadership Coaching elective during the final months of program in which you can work one-on-one with an executive coach on a leadership or management challenge you face in your job. In this course, you will participate in five coaching sessions and emerge with a graded deliverable, in which you will document your progress, takeaways and future leadership implications.
In Charlottesville, you have the opportunity to interact and engage with companies in-person, schedule permitting.
And, regardless of your goals, Darden alumni will likely play an integral role in your career journey. In fact, many of our students find their next opportunity through a network-driven search. As an executive format student, your network will consist of more than 17,000 Darden alumni in 90 countries around the world.
An Engaged Network
Darden is known for our strong community. Between resources on-Grounds, Darden alumni, and friends of Darden, you will build a solid network and support group that ensures success in your career advancement.