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Video Blog: Intro to Executive Format Innovations [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: Video Blog: Intro to Executive Format Innovations
As you may know, Darden announced some exciting innovations to its Executive formats (MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives) earlier this year. The Class of 2018 will be the first class to experience these updates, and we can’t wait to welcome them in August.

In the below video blog, Brett Twitty shares some updates on the admissions process and the new innovations. This video is the first in a series of videos and blog posts that will go into more detail about the format updates.

Click on the image or the link below it to watch the video.

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Reminder: Join Darden in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, 4 May [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: Reminder: Join Darden in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, 4 May
Darden is thrilled to be hosting an Executive MBA mock case discussion and networking reception at the Waterview Conference Center in Rosslyn, Virginia, on Wednesday, 4 May 2016.

Waterview will be the classroom for our Rosslyn-based EMBA and GEMBA students, and we are pleased to offer you this opportunity to experience this setting first-hand in advance of the launch of our Rosslyn cohort this August. Associate Dean Ron Wilcox will lead the case, and there will be time to ask questions, socialize and connect with members of Darden’s dynamic network afterward.

For more information and to register, please click here. We hope to see you on Wednesday!

Not in DC? Bookmark our Events page to see when we’ll be coming to your area.

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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: Video Blog: Intro to Executive Format Innovations
As you may know, Darden announced some exciting innovations to its Executive formats (MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives) earlier this year. The Class of 2018 will be the first class to experience these updates, and we can’t wait to welcome them in August.

In the below video blog, Brett Twitty shares some updates on the admissions process and the new innovations. This video is the first in a series of videos and blog posts that will go into more detail about the format updates.

Click on the image or the link below it to watch the video.

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Watch: 2016 Format Updates
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Reminder: Join Darden in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, 4 May [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: Reminder: Join Darden in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, 4 May
Darden is thrilled to be hosting an Executive MBA mock case discussion and networking reception at the Waterview Conference Center in Rosslyn, Virginia, on Wednesday, 4 May 2016.

Waterview will be the classroom for our Rosslyn-based EMBA and GEMBA students, and we are pleased to offer you this opportunity to experience this setting first-hand in advance of the launch of our Rosslyn cohort this August. Associate Dean Ron Wilcox will lead the case, and there will be time to ask questions, socialize and connect with members of Darden’s dynamic network afterward.

For more information and to register, please click here. We hope to see you on Wednesday!

Not in DC? Bookmark our Events page to see when we’ll be coming to your area.
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Video Blog: DC Classroom Space [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: Video Blog: DC Classroom Space
We were thrilled to see so many new and familiar faces at last night’s event at the Waterview Conference Center in Rosslyn, Virginia. If you weren’t able to make it, Brett Twitty shot the latest episode of his video blog while he was there – watch the video below to get an idea of our classroom space for the Rosslyn cohort!

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Video Blog: DC Classroom Space [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: Video Blog: DC Classroom Space
We were thrilled to see so many new and familiar faces at last night’s event at the Waterview Conference Center in Rosslyn, Virginia. If you weren’t able to make it, Brett Twitty shot the latest episode of his video blog while he was there – watch the video below to get an idea of our classroom space for the Rosslyn cohort!

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For Admitted Students: Set Your Expectations [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: For Admitted Students: Set Your Expectations
Over the next few weeks, we will be publishing several blog posts written by the Career Development Center for the Executive MBA Class of 2018. This is the first in the series.

We know it…..You are attending business school to advance your career.  And, we hope you know that Darden’s Career Development Center (CDC) is dedicated to enabling your career success.

The CDC takes a unique approach by delivering an integrated, relevant slate of career education and resources to meet MBA students’ needs. We offer resources that are personalized and flexible. We also provide active learning and career counsel, including one-on-one career advising, workshops, and recruiting preparation and support to help you prepare for employment opportunities. Together we partner with you to help you make the most of your time and your search at Darden.

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 MBA 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 Center 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.

Here’s what you will need to do / think about:

For those planning a significant transition either during or after their MBA program, you will need to consider the following:

Defining yourself and your career direction

Identifying your gifts, talents, passion, and interests; establishing a professional brand or identity; and articulating a vision and set of goals for your professional direction are the most fundamental components of engineering your transition.  They create the star that will enable you to chart your course, and establish the hub around which all of your search activities revolve.

Packaging yourself for the transition

Your job search is a promotional campaign and requires the development of key documents, communications, and an electronic footprint that will ensure your success. Examples include resumes, cover letters, networking emails, LinkedIn profiles, 30-second commercials, reason for leaving statements, and more.

Defining your “go to market” strategy

When deciding to take a product to market, no self-respecting business professional would consider doing so without a comprehensive marketing plan.  Yet, when it comes to themselves and their job search, most fail to consider this basic step.  It is critical to be thoughtful about your strategy, and approach to any transition you are considering.

Taking yourself to market

There are many doorways to the job market.  The traditional portals include job boards, career fairs, and recruiters.  On-grounds recruiting may even be an option for a handful of Executive MBA students.  For the overwhelming majority, however, you will be challenged to expand your repertoire of search strategies.  Most will be looking for more senior level opportunities that will be found through a heavily network-driven search process.

Interviewing for opportunities

If you are like most, you haven’t interviewed for a job in a number of years and your interviewing skills were developed when you were being considered for more junior positions.  In addition, you will be conducting extensive networking and informational interviews throughout your search.  All of this will require preparation and practice for each particular type of interview.

Negotiating offers

Negotiating a job offer is not the same as buying a used car. It is important to consider whether to negotiate or not.  And, there are guidelines that can help you through this problem-solving process.

Time line for the transition plan

For individuals planning to make a major career move, each will have their own schedule in mind.  Some will want to switch during the course of their MBA program.  Others will want to time it to coincide with graduation.  Still others will have commitments and want to delay it for one or more years after graduation.  Regardless of the timing, the rule of thumb is that the more significant the transition, the longer the lead time one should plan for.

The typical transitions that Darden Executive MBA students consider are dynamic and 3-dimensional.  Opportunities emerge in unpredictable fashion, but they do so with tremendous reliability if one is flexible and persistent.   So, while the transition process does not lend itself to a linear project plan, we generally advise an 18-month planning horizon that includes the above 6 transition components and unfolds in roughly the following fashion.

Defining Yourself           15-18 months out

Packaging Yourself        12-18 months out

Marketing Plan               12-15 months out

Active Job Search           3-12 months out

Apply / Interview           2-9 months out

Negotiating Offers          0-3 months out

How does Darden’s Career Development Center help?

Given the tremendous variety among the Executive MBA students regarding industries, occupational categories, and career interests and needs, there is no “one size fits all” approach to assisting you with the career transition you may be contemplating.   Yours will be a very personal, individualized quest, and the Career Development Center will work closely with you to tailor a customized career strategy.  To that end, we provide a broad spectrum of resources that will enable you to accomplish your goals including:

Advising

Career coaches 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 professional advancement. You can meet with advisors in person or remotely depending on your schedule and preference.

Career Direction

During the first year of school, you will have an opportunity to participate in a Career Kickoff meeting with a career advisor to help you chart your course, learn more about CDC resources, and shape your objectives. You will be encouraged to complete a Career Leader assessment and to investigate other sources of learning about possibilities.

Career Education

Career Education workshops are offered throughout your time at Darden to provide the foundational skills needed for all candidates in a job search. There is a very broad spectrum of topics include storytelling, resume writing, networking, social media, interviewing, working with recruiters, and much more. These workshops are delivered in the classroom, through webinars, and with recordings that are available 24/7. There are multitudes of written resources and samples on the Darden Admitted Student Website that cover all aspects of career development.

An Engaged Network

Darden is well known for its strong community.  With resources on-grounds, and among the Darden alumni and friends of Darden, the structures are in place for you to build a solid network and support group that ensures success in your career advancement.

Setting your expectations is one of four activities that we recommend you complete prior to your first meeting with a Career Advisor. In the next blog post, we’ll describe the next activity: taking CareerLeader.

 

 

 

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For Admitted Students: Set Your Expectations [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: For Admitted Students: Set Your Expectations
Over the next few weeks, we will be publishing several blog posts written by the Career Development Center for the Executive MBA Class of 2018. This is the first in the series.

We know it…..You are attending business school to advance your career.  And, we hope you know that Darden’s Career Development Center (CDC) is dedicated to enabling your career success.

The CDC takes a unique approach by delivering an integrated, relevant slate of career education and resources to meet MBA students’ needs. We offer resources that are personalized and flexible. We also provide active learning and career counsel, including one-on-one career advising, workshops, and recruiting preparation and support to help you prepare for employment opportunities. Together we partner with you to help you make the most of your time and your search at Darden.

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 MBA 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 Center 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.

Here’s what you will need to do / think about:

For those planning a significant transition either during or after their MBA program, you will need to consider the following:

Defining yourself and your career direction

Identifying your gifts, talents, passion, and interests; establishing a professional brand or identity; and articulating a vision and set of goals for your professional direction are the most fundamental components of engineering your transition.  They create the star that will enable you to chart your course, and establish the hub around which all of your search activities revolve.

Packaging yourself for the transition

Your job search is a promotional campaign and requires the development of key documents, communications, and an electronic footprint that will ensure your success. Examples include resumes, cover letters, networking emails, LinkedIn profiles, 30-second commercials, reason for leaving statements, and more.

Defining your “go to market” strategy

When deciding to take a product to market, no self-respecting business professional would consider doing so without a comprehensive marketing plan.  Yet, when it comes to themselves and their job search, most fail to consider this basic step.  It is critical to be thoughtful about your strategy, and approach to any transition you are considering.

Taking yourself to market

There are many doorways to the job market.  The traditional portals include job boards, career fairs, and recruiters.  On-grounds recruiting may even be an option for a handful of Executive MBA students.  For the overwhelming majority, however, you will be challenged to expand your repertoire of search strategies.  Most will be looking for more senior level opportunities that will be found through a heavily network-driven search process.

Interviewing for opportunities

If you are like most, you haven’t interviewed for a job in a number of years and your interviewing skills were developed when you were being considered for more junior positions.  In addition, you will be conducting extensive networking and informational interviews throughout your search.  All of this will require preparation and practice for each particular type of interview.

Negotiating offers

Negotiating a job offer is not the same as buying a used car. It is important to consider whether to negotiate or not.  And, there are guidelines that can help you through this problem-solving process.

Time line for the transition plan

For individuals planning to make a major career move, each will have their own schedule in mind.  Some will want to switch during the course of their MBA program.  Others will want to time it to coincide with graduation.  Still others will have commitments and want to delay it for one or more years after graduation.  Regardless of the timing, the rule of thumb is that the more significant the transition, the longer the lead time one should plan for.

The typical transitions that Darden Executive MBA students consider are dynamic and 3-dimensional.  Opportunities emerge in unpredictable fashion, but they do so with tremendous reliability if one is flexible and persistent.   So, while the transition process does not lend itself to a linear project plan, we generally advise an 18-month planning horizon that includes the above 6 transition components and unfolds in roughly the following fashion.

Defining Yourself           15-18 months out

Packaging Yourself        12-18 months out

Marketing Plan               12-15 months out

Active Job Search           3-12 months out

Apply / Interview           2-9 months out

Negotiating Offers          0-3 months out

How does Darden’s Career Development Center help?

Given the tremendous variety among the Executive MBA students regarding industries, occupational categories, and career interests and needs, there is no “one size fits all” approach to assisting you with the career transition you may be contemplating.   Yours will be a very personal, individualized quest, and the Career Development Center will work closely with you to tailor a customized career strategy.  To that end, we provide a broad spectrum of resources that will enable you to accomplish your goals including:

Advising

Career coaches 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 professional advancement. You can meet with advisors in person or remotely depending on your schedule and preference.

Career Direction

During the first year of school, you will have an opportunity to participate in a Career Kickoff meeting with a career advisor to help you chart your course, learn more about CDC resources, and shape your objectives. You will be encouraged to complete a Career Leader assessment and to investigate other sources of learning about possibilities.

Career Education

Career Education workshops are offered throughout your time at Darden to provide the foundational skills needed for all candidates in a job search. There is a very broad spectrum of topics include storytelling, resume writing, networking, social media, interviewing, working with recruiters, and much more. These workshops are delivered in the classroom, through webinars, and with recordings that are available 24/7. There are multitudes of written resources and samples on the Darden Admitted Student Website that cover all aspects of career development.

An Engaged Network

Darden is well known for its strong community.  With resources on-grounds, and among the Darden alumni and friends of Darden, the structures are in place for you to build a solid network and support group that ensures success in your career advancement.

Setting your expectations is one of four activities that we recommend you complete prior to your first meeting with a Career Advisor. In the next blog post, we’ll describe the next activity: taking CareerLeader.

 

 

 
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A Word from President Sullivan and Dean Beardsley [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: A Word from President Sullivan and Dean Beardsley
In the wake of the recent tragedy in Orlando, we wanted to share with you messages from Dean Beardsley and President Sullivan that went out to the University community.

To the University Community:

The horrific act of domestic terrorism at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando took the lives of many innocent people and injured many more. We offer our deepest sympathy to the victims’ families and the Orlando community. We express our support for all who stand for mutual respect and acceptance. We also offer our support to members of the Muslim community, who often face backlash and hatred when acts of violence are committed by individuals who claim to be acting in the name of Islam. This act of hatred directed toward the LGBTQ community is the deadliest shooting tragedy in United States history.

Cville Pride is hosting a candlelight vigil tonight, Monday, June 13, to remember those who were killed or injured in the shooting. The vigil will be held at the Free Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall starting at 7:30 p.m. See http://cvillepride.org/2016/06/12/for-release-cville-pride-responds-to-the-orlando-shooting-tragedy/ for more information.

Students seeking support during this difficult time can contact UVA Counseling and Psychological Services at during the day or at after hours and on weekends. Additional information may be found online at http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/caps.html.

Faculty and staff, in both the academic division and the medical center, may contact the Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) if they need to speak with a counselor or obtain a referral to other confidential resources that may be available. You may schedule an appointment with a FEAP consultant by calling or by visiting https://www.medicalcenter.virginia.edu/feap/general-information.

Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence, as a cornerstone of University culture. The University promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines.

Teresa A. Sullivan

President

Dear Darden Community,

I write to express my deep sadness regarding the horrific shooting of innocent people over the weekend at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando; now the worst shooting in U.S. history. Although we do not yet know all of the details, initial reports indicate that the victims may have been targeted due to their sexual orientation. As President Obama said yesterday, this appears to be both an act of terror and a hate crime.

At this point, we are working to verify that all members of the Darden community are safe. Regardless, we grieve for the victims, their families and friends, and we unequivocally condemn this despicable attack, which runs counter to the values of Darden, the U.S. and all human decency.

As we remember the victims, know that Darden will remain a welcoming beacon of tolerance during these tumultuous times. During what is a month of pride and celebration for the LGBTQ community, my hope is that we all remain united, and care for and respect one another despite the threats of hate and violence, and also that we reaffirm and demonstrate our support for each other in response to this tragic event.

Please also know that the University of Virginia always offers support for students and works continually with leaders of LGBTQ student organizations like Pride at Darden. Additional support resources available at Darden and the University include:

Wishing you a safe summer.

Sincerely,

Scott

Scott C. Beardsley

Dean and Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration

Darden School of Business

University of Virginia

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A Word from President Sullivan and Dean Beardsley [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: A Word from President Sullivan and Dean Beardsley
In the wake of the recent tragedy in Orlando, we wanted to share with you messages from Dean Beardsley and President Sullivan that went out to the University community.

To the University Community:

The horrific act of domestic terrorism at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando took the lives of many innocent people and injured many more. We offer our deepest sympathy to the victims’ families and the Orlando community. We express our support for all who stand for mutual respect and acceptance. We also offer our support to members of the Muslim community, who often face backlash and hatred when acts of violence are committed by individuals who claim to be acting in the name of Islam. This act of hatred directed toward the LGBTQ community is the deadliest shooting tragedy in United States history.

Cville Pride is hosting a candlelight vigil tonight, Monday, June 13, to remember those who were killed or injured in the shooting. The vigil will be held at the Free Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall starting at 7:30 p.m. See http://cvillepride.org/2016/06/12/for-release-cville-pride-responds-to-the-orlando-shooting-tragedy/ for more information.

Students seeking support during this difficult time can contact UVA Counseling and Psychological Services at during the day or at after hours and on weekends. Additional information may be found online at http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/caps.html.

Faculty and staff, in both the academic division and the medical center, may contact the Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) if they need to speak with a counselor or obtain a referral to other confidential resources that may be available. You may schedule an appointment with a FEAP consultant by calling or by visiting https://www.medicalcenter.virginia.edu/feap/general-information.

Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence, as a cornerstone of University culture. The University promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines.

Teresa A. Sullivan

President

Dear Darden Community,

I write to express my deep sadness regarding the horrific shooting of innocent people over the weekend at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando; now the worst shooting in U.S. history. Although we do not yet know all of the details, initial reports indicate that the victims may have been targeted due to their sexual orientation. As President Obama said yesterday, this appears to be both an act of terror and a hate crime.

At this point, we are working to verify that all members of the Darden community are safe. Regardless, we grieve for the victims, their families and friends, and we unequivocally condemn this despicable attack, which runs counter to the values of Darden, the U.S. and all human decency.

As we remember the victims, know that Darden will remain a welcoming beacon of tolerance during these tumultuous times. During what is a month of pride and celebration for the LGBTQ community, my hope is that we all remain united, and care for and respect one another despite the threats of hate and violence, and also that we reaffirm and demonstrate our support for each other in response to this tragic event.

Please also know that the University of Virginia always offers support for students and works continually with leaders of LGBTQ student organizations like Pride at Darden. Additional support resources available at Darden and the University include:

Wishing you a safe summer.

Sincerely,

Scott

Scott C. Beardsley

Dean and Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration

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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: Laure Katz (GEMBA ’16) Profiled in Poets & Quants
Laure Katz (GEMBA ’16) was recently profiled on Poets & Quants, where she spoke about her experience at Darden, her career and her passions.

“The [Darden GEMBA] program was rich with experiential learning. From sitting in a symphony orchestra to learning to samba dance to bargaining in a Shanghai market, it was the learning that took place outside the classroom and all over the world during our global residencies (in Brazil, China, France, Germany, and India) that impacted me the most.”

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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: Laure Katz (GEMBA ’16) Profiled in Poets & Quants
Laure Katz (GEMBA ’16) was recently profiled on Poets & Quants, where she spoke about her experience at Darden, her career and her passions.

“The [Darden GEMBA] program was rich with experiential learning. From sitting in a symphony orchestra to learning to samba dance to bargaining in a Shanghai market, it was the learning that took place outside the classroom and all over the world during our global residencies (in Brazil, China, France, Germany, and India) that impacted me the most.”

You can read the full article here.

 
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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: For Admitted Students: Validate Your Fit
Over the next few weeks, we will be publishing several blog posts written by the Career Development Center for the Executive MBA Class of 2018. This is the second in the series. You can find the first post here.

Now is the time to explore your career goals, get smart about your skills and passions, and determine your post-MBA career path.

Are you a strong fit for:

  • Management Consulting;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Marketing;
  • Corporate Finance;
  • Or more than 25 additional MBA career paths?
Take CareerLeader today. The CareerLeader self-assessment identifies the career paths and work cultures which are best aligned with your interests, skills, and motivators.

You can find instructions on how to complete your CareerLeader assessment on the Admitted Student Website.

CareerLeader is one of four activities that we recommend you complete prior to your first meeting with a Career Advisor. In the next blog post, we’ll describe the next activity: formatting your resume.

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FROM Darden Executive MBA Blog: For Admitted Students: Validate Your Fit
Over the next few weeks, we will be publishing several blog posts written by the Career Development Center for the Executive MBA Class of 2018. This is the second in the series. You can find the first post here.

Now is the time to explore your career goals, get smart about your skills and passions, and determine your post-MBA career path.

Are you a strong fit for:

  • Management Consulting;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Marketing;
  • Corporate Finance;
  • Or more than 25 additional MBA career paths?
Take CareerLeader today. The CareerLeader self-assessment identifies the career paths and work cultures which are best aligned with your interests, skills, and motivators.

You can find instructions on how to complete your CareerLeader assessment on the Admitted Student Website.

CareerLeader is one of four activities that we recommend you complete prior to your first meeting with a Career Advisor. In the next blog post, we’ll describe the next activity: formatting your resume.
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Given that the Darden EMBA application presents only one essay question to answer, the balance of your application – the online form, the resume, the recommendations, the interview – all carry more weight than they do in most EMBA applications that contain several questions (usually including one pertaining to your goals). The Darden EMBA application, as a whole, must show that you are at the appropriate level organizationally and have sufficient quantity and quality of experience to both benefit from the Darden EMBA and contribute substantially as a student and classmate. Moreover, to be competitive you should also show that you are a high performer relative to peers. This essay is a precious opportunity to give the adcom insight into you as an individual that will complement, enhance, and illuminate the other information in the application – while also underscoring your fit with the program.

Describe the most important professional feedback you have received and how you responded to this feedback. (500 words maximum)

Your response to this question can enhance your application in several ways:

• Spotlight distinguishing, differentiating, and/or impressive aspects of your professional life (in your topic selection)

• Show that you are mature, resourceful, and insightful

Clarify your fit with the Darden EMBA program.

Those last two bullet points are interconnected: close, intensive interaction between students and between students and faculty is a key feature of the program, so showing your ability to benefit from this feature is important. I suggest using a relatively recent situation if possible, to allow the adcom to see you performing at a high level and (ideally) with high stakes.

There are different ways you can approach this essay to find the right example. One is to refer to your performance reviews or conversations you had with a professional mentor or manager to remember feedback you received. Another is to think about some of the greatest stretch roles you have pursued and whether a mentor or manager nudged or encouraged you to pursue them. You can find more guidance on demonstrating the ability to accept feedback here.

In terms of essay structure, with only 500 words, keep it simple. A user-friendly, effective approach is to narrate the story, starting with the situation that prompted the feedback or with the feedback itself. Include not just what happened and what you did, but what you felt and thought at key moments. IMPORTANT: in discussing how you responded, do NOT just say you DID respond and the situation improved; DO present actions you took in response and the outcome. If your story is from further back in your career, also you might include a phrase or sentence (with example) about how it has resonated since and remained vital to your perspective/approach.


***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***

UVA Darden EMBA Application Deadlines:

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UVA Darden Expands EMBA & GEMBA Programs to D.C.

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