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Ambassador Program: Darden -- Hear from current students & alumni

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Announcing the GmatClub Ambassador Program



Welcome archie9 and @newiceguy as your Darden Ambassadors!



Background:
Looking at the questions we’ve seen over the years here on GC, we know that prospective students and applicants want help in learning about each school and MBA program you’re considering.

To help you with that, we want to leverage the knowledge of our active GmatClubbers who are current first years, second years, and alumni of these programs to answer common questions we often receive and see on these boards. What better to get to know the school than directly from those who have lived it!

There will be 2 parts to this:
1) A compilation of frequently asked questions – and their answers – compiled in a wiki-like format
2) Periodic posts from current students about their experiences in the program (as their schedules allow). These posts will expand on some of the experiences talked briefly about in the FAQs (e.g., more detail around Orientation Week, the class curriculum, recruiting, social activities, etc)

Have additional questions or suggestions about the Darden Ambassador Program? Post them here.
Are you a current student or alumni and want to be a GmatClub Ambassador? Message me or your Darden GC Ambassadors to get involved.
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Ambassador Questions


Answers will be updated as the academic year progresses. Check back for updates.

School & Curriculum
• Describe your typical day.
• What are some of the best classes you have taken?
• How do you select what courses to take? Is there flexibility in what courses you can take? Are there courses you think are most helpful for students interning or recruiting full-time for your area of study (eg, finance, consulting, marketing, ops)?
• Do you feel the program is a better fit for students looking for a specific career? Do student preferences tend to learn towards a particular area?
• How would you describe the student community?

Internships
• From what you’ve seen, what types of intern programs/companies were students most interested for their summer internship?
• When does the summer internship search begin and when does it end?
• What support does the school provide for finding an internship and understanding the internship search process?
• How did you prepare for your internship recruiting process?

Recruiting
• From what you’ve seen, what types of full-time roles were students most interested? Was there a shift in what people were looking for in the summer internship to what they were looking for in full-time roles?
• How did most people find their full-time role (e.g., on-campus recruiting firms, off-campus recruiting, the extended school/alumni network, etc)?
• Describe the networking opportunities available to help you learn more about your career options (e.g., job treks, student club-led activities, company-sponsored events, conferences, etc)

Social
• What are the “fun” events that you should not miss out on (e.g., happy hours, formals, Olympics, follies, etc)?
• What opportunities are there for students to work on-campus or off-campus while in school?
• What is something not mentioned on the school’s website that an applicant should know?
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Executive Formats of the Darden MBA – EMBA & GEMBA

Describe your typical day.
The day on grounds starts with a class. Yes, that is the first thing you do except when you are here for week-long residencies. The week-long residencies start with a not-to-be-missed breakfast at the Abbott Dining Room. In fact I would say none of the meals are to be missed – do not even think about it. Coming back to the original question - the classes are dispersed throughout the day with logical breaks in between. And again, they have break snacks served up all the time outside the class. Sorry guys, they feed you well, what can one do?
The discussions with classmates and the faculty are always lively and make you feel welcomed. In our first week, all of us enjoyed every day we were on grounds – even though we were in deep discussions with our learning teams or challenging opinions brought up in the class.
In the evenings we break out into our learning teams to discuss and study the cases that will be discussed next day. A typical day is a busy day but it is fun all the way.

What are some of the best classes you have taken?
Our first week-long residency focused on different leadership styles and what it means to lead global enterprises. I may not be able to say one class was better than the other but on a personal scale, I loved the whole curriculum on Leading Organizations ran by Prof. Lynn Isabella. It is full of surprises on how leadership is so closely tied to our personalities and the character of the organization we work in. Feel free to visit Lynn’s profile here - http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty- ... -isabella/. Having said that, the Case method of study makes all areas, even Accounting, very interesting. For instance, its interesting when you read about a company like United Technologies and its annual report filled with graphics and colors. And then our Accounting faculty adds flavor to it by giving financial explanation on why some announcements were made and why some were not highlighted.

How do you select what courses to take? Is there flexibility in what courses you can take? Are there courses you think are most helpful for students interning or recruiting full-time for your area of study (eg, finance, consulting, marketing, ops)?
The executive formats of the Darden MBA emphasize a General Management curriculum, with electives in second year. The aim is to develop managers who have a broader, enterprise view of business management but can also focus on specific areas when need be. Darden creates an excellent learning environment where the case studies spark interest in not only the subject matter but also tangential discussions that arise from the in-class discussions. It is eye opening.

Do you feel the program is a better fit for students looking for a specific career? Do student preferences tend to lean towards a particular area?
The program is well structured for experienced professionals who want to be business managers because it ties together general management expertise in first year with electives in the second year expanding one’s horizon of knowledge.. The average age of students attending EMBA is 35, average experience is 15 years, my classmates’ backgrounds range from Medical and IT, to Military and Media, to Non-profit and Sports – to name a few. EMBA students can be categorized into Climbers, Switchers and Entrepreneurs and each career aspiration finds great career support from the Career Development Cell (CDC) at Darden.

How would you describe the student community?
Students of the executive formats at Darden come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Not only they bring in worthwhile experiences from their work but also essential life lessons from their day-to-day lives in general. I was taken aback by the management learning shared by an active duty Navy Seal from our class while he was on a mission. Outside of class when we meet in our Learning Teams, a broader set of discussions ensue that make this experience more lively. We not only prepare for our cases but also develop bonding over meals and drinks, making the environment more collaborative than competitive. When a fellow student is falling behind, it is in the nature of the program to help that person come back on track with help from his more than willing classmates.

Internships
Because EMBA program is for experienced professionals who are working while they study, internships are not an option. However, Darden does support Global projects that are open for EMBA students to get into. The Darden Center for Global Initiatives or CGI helps students expand their experience into different regions of the world by getting involved in projects and assignments. More information is available on http://www.darden.virginia.edu/dcgi/ or http://www.darden.virginia.edu/dcgi/global-experiences/.

Recruiting
Because of the same reason listed above in ‘Internships’, active recruitment is hard to achieve for EMBA students. However, the CDC - http://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/career/ is highly involved with each student’s career aspirations and guides them to build their careers, explore the Darden and UVA networks, reach out to companies, and help land jobs that they would like to go in. Executive format students are able to drop for recruiters in their second year of their program, however, this is likely a low-yield strategy for most executive format students. It can be included as part of an overall approach, however, most executive format students are likely better served focusing their efforts on a networked approach.

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Could any current students speak to residential options for first years? Do any Darden first years live on campus?

It seems ivy gardens is a convenient location and popular choice, any caveats there?

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Welcome @newiceguy (Darden '16) as another ambassador! Looking forward to hearing even more about the Darden experience.


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