Reminder: Register for a Darden Open House

Darden’s 2016 Open Houses kick off in just over two weeks! We hope you’ll be able to join us for one of them to get to know the Darden community better. You will meet current students, hear from faculty members, sit in on a class and more. All of our Open Houses have themes, but feel free to attend the Open House that best fits your schedule.

Ready to register? Dates and themes are listed below. As always, be sure to check our website to see what other events we have coming up!

Monday, 5 September – Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Register

Monday, 12 September – Business in Society – Register

Monday, 19 September – Women at Darden – Register

Monday, 26 September – Asset Management & Investing – Register

Monday, 3 October – Technology & Data Analytics – Register

Monday, 10 October – Military at Darden – Register

Thursday & Friday, 27 & 28 October – Diversity at Darden – Register

We look forward to seeing you on Grounds this fall!

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Register for a 2016 Forté Forum

This year’s Forté Forums are quickly approaching, and we hope to see you at one of them!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women.

Each year, Forté hosts a series of forums for prospective MBA women. These events, which are held in 12 cities across the globe, allow women considering an MBA to make critical connections with representatives, alumnae, and students of top business schools in North America and Europe – including Darden!

Select the city that works best for you and register on Forte’s website. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

2016 Forté Forum Dates and Locations

15 August – Boston

16 August – Washington, DC

17 August – Atlanta

18 August – Miami

22 August – Seattle

23 August – San Francisco

24 August – Los Angeles

25 August – Houston

29 August – Chicago

30, 31 August – New York, NY

1 September – Toronto

20 October – London

Visit the Forté website to register!

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Summer Stories from the Tech Club, Part 3

Today we’re sharing another summer internship from the Darden Tech Club. Jimmy Figueroa is interning with Google in San Francisco this summer.

Jimmy Figueroa, ’17 – Google, San Francisco

Ok Google You Have Great Perks, But Does Any of It Matter?
The short answer:  Yes.  The long answer: Probably even more than you think.

I’ll be honest, before I began interning at Google, I was a total skeptic.  Why do Google employees talk about their perks all of the time?!  Is it really that big of a deal?  I want a job that challenges me, I want career growth.  I don’t want a micro kitchen, or different cafes, or a standing desk.

But I do, I just didn’t know it at the time.  And you should want it for yourself.

Working in New York in various roles in the Financial Services industry for several years shaped my view of a job and what I should expect from an employer.  It was always a no frills environment where you work hard, work long and perform.  If you do well you’ll get paid rewardingly, but the idea of free cafes, gym classes and game rooms is a pipe dream.  Those companies that give away all that free stuff, they’re cool, but that’s not where the serious careers are.  So I thought.

I arrived in Mountain View with a “so-what, another cafe” attitude, and this lasted probably throughout the first week or two.  Over time though, it did make a difference.  I found myself increasingly venturing off to a cafe, or outside, or a library to do my work.  I worked out at the on-campus gym in the mornings, I rented a bike for the summer.  I hit the batting cage, took a spinning class with co-workers, grabbed Americano’s from the baristas when I needed it and desserts when I didn’t.  And so, I began to feel this sort of freedom I haven’t had before.  This mentality that going to work was actually fun and enjoyable, that I could actually look forward to it in the morning.  And now, with a clear head and positive frame of mind, Google gets my best self every day.  I’m eager to tackle problems, to do more for my team and to be a growing part of the community.

All of this has surprisingly made a positive impact on me, and this is before taking the culture itself into account (which is fantastic, embracing and empowering).  Altogether, this heightened level of output should lead to better performance reviews and then, more opportunities.  People stay at Google for years and it’s easy to see why.  Google enables them to perform well, mobility is encouraged, job opportunities are endless, and new challenges continually await.

So don’t discount perks.  Look for them at your next job.  You’ll perform better and get farther in your career because of it.

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Darden on the Road: Upcoming Multi-School Events in August

It’s that time of year again: Darden is traveling around the globe to attend events and answer your questions about Darden and the MBA admissions process. We have several multi-school events scheduled over the coming weeks, and we hope you will be able to join us when we are in your area.

This week, we are up and down the East Coast:

Tuesday, 2 August – Atlanta, GA – Register

Tuesday, 2 August – Baltimore, MD – Register

Wednesday, 3 August – Philadelphia, PA – Register

Wednesday, 3 August – Raleigh, NC – Register

Thursday, 4 August – Charlotte, NC – Register

Next week, we will be in the Midwest, on the West Coast, and in Canada:

Tuesday, 9 August – Detroit, MI – Register

Tuesday, 9 August – San Francisco, CA – Register

Wednesday, 10 August – Chicago, IL – Register

Wednesday, 10 August – Silicon Valley, CA – Register

Thursday, 11 August – Seattle, WA – Register

Thursday, 11 August – Toronto, Canada – Register

We have many more events coming up around the world, so if you do not see your city here, be sure to check our website for future dates and locations. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Charlottesville Named No. 4 in the US for Entrepreneurship

There are already so many reasons to love Charlottesville: the food, the music and the mountains, to name a few. And now we have another reason to add to the list: Entrepreneur Magazine named the city the No. 4 best city for entrepreneurs. Read on to learn more.

The Charlottesville, Virginia, area continues to draw plaudits for its entrepreneurial ecosystem, with Entrepreneur naming the city No. 4 on its list of the 50 best cities for entrepreneurs.

The methodology takes into account a number of factors to identify the “best places to launch and operate a business,” including the number of businesses and employees between 2011 and 2015, the number of venture capital deals in the last 10 years, the business tax rate, cost of living, the percentage of college-educated locals and the growth of good jobs and high income positions, among other data points.

The result, published in the magazine’s August issue, is what the publication calls “50 of the nation’s most livable, viable cities for entrepreneurs to be successful and enjoy life.”

The latest accolade for the city reinforces the portrait of an entrepreneurial scene on the rise, as the National Venture Capital Association recently named Charlottesville the fastest-growing venture capital ecosystem in the nation, a designation driven in part by investments secured by several ventures supported by the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Moreover, the latest ranking comes less than a month after Financial Timesnamed the Darden School the No. 3 MBA program in the world for entrepreneurship.

The Financial Times’ ranking noted Darden’s ability to help entrepreneurs start, finance and recruit employees to their ventures as key to the School’s high ranking.

The School’s increasingly robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, driven by the efforts of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, includes a curriculum focused on the development of entrepreneurial skills, resources such as the W.L. Lyons Brown III i.Lab at UVA and the Batten Venture Internship Program, partnerships with startup incubators across the country and thought leadership displayed in research and at conferences, among other efforts.

“This ranking shows just how much Charlottesville hits above its weight in terms of its entrepreneurial energy and dynamism” said Sean Carr, executive director of the Batten Institute. “It’s a reminder that this is an exceptional environment in which to launch game-changing new ventures and, with the support of Darden and UVA, to become a great entrepreneurial leader.”

This article originally appeared on Darden’s News & Events page. To learn more about Darden’s entrepreneurship offerings, we encourage you to visit our website.

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Summer Stories from the Tech Club, Part 2

We’re back with another summer internship story from the Tech Club. Linden Schult (Class of 2017) is in Seattle this summer, interning with Amazon. See what she has to say below:

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Darden 2016 Fall Open Houses

We are thrilled to announce that our 2016 Open Houses are now open for registration.

Darden offers several open houses throughout the fall season to help prospective students learn more about the school. Each event includes a full day of programming designed to help you assess your fit with the program and the Darden community. This year, each open house will also include a discussion of a specific area of interest for prospective students.

You can find topics and registration links below. Prospective applicants are welcome to attend any one of these open houses, but are encouraged to visit on the day that most closely aligns with their interests.

Monday, 5 September
Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Register

Monday, 12 September
Business in Society – Register

Monday, 19 September
Women at Darden – Register

Monday, 26 September
Asset Management & Investing – Register

Monday, 3 October
Technology & Data Analytics – Register

Monday, 10 October
Military at Darden – Register

Thursday, 27 October and Friday, 28 October18
Diversity at Darden – Register

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Summer Stories from the Tech Club

The Technology Club is one of over 50 student-run clubs and organizations here at Darden. With over 200 members, the Tech Club is dedicated to connecting its members with opportunities at tech companies, providing industry knowledge from thought leaders, offering hands-on skills training, and providing mentorship and recruiting support.

This summer, members of the Tech Club are hard at work at internships around the globe, and  few of them are sharing their intern experiences with us. We’ll post the stories one by one on the blog, or you can head over to the Darden Technology Club’s website to read more of them and to learn more about what the Tech Club has to offer. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Tips for Submitting Your Best B-School Application

Now that our application is live and we are on the road at events, we wanted to share a few tips on how to make your business school application as strong as possible.

  1. Be able to articulate your ‘why MBA?’

Why do you want to get your MBA? It may seem like the simplest question, but it’s also one of the most important. The most successful b-school candidates can authentically articulate where they are coming from, where they want to go, and how an MBA will help them get there. Sharing your ‘why MBA’ with friends and family throughout the application process can be a great way to build confidence and enthusiasm prior to answering this question in an admissions interview.

  1. Do your research

Before you hit submit, do as much research as you can to make sure you are applying to schools that are right for you and your goals. Learn about the community, the academics and career support. Do they align with what you are looking for in a business school?

Don’t forget that fit goes two ways — and you feeling like you would fit in at a school is just as important as the school deciding that you are a good fit for its class.

  1. Know your strengths

Business schools are looking for candidates who will contribute to the community in a meaningful way – and there are many ways to do that. Think of what makes you unique and highlight that in your application and interview. What perspective will you bring to the classroom? How will you contribute to the community? We want to know how your background and experiences will shape our global community.

  1. ….And your weaknesses

Maybe you don’t have much quantitative experience, or your undergraduate GPA had its lower moments. Maybe you haven’t had a lot of experience in a global arena. We recognize that you are seeking an MBA to grow, learn and fill in some gaps. Consider signing up for a course like Darden Business Essentials for an introduction to business school topics and fundamental areas like Accounting, Finance, Operations and Marketing. Focus on your strengths, and also be aware of your weaknesses and how you want address them throughout the application.

Most importantly, you should complete your application with great thought and care. For more tips on applying to business school, watch Sara Neher’s application tips video series, come visit us in Charlottesville, or meet us out on the road! We look forward to getting to know you this application cycle.

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Sara Neher: Real Humans of MBA Admissions with Clear Admit

Clear Admit recently started a series called Real Humans of MBA Admissions, and Darden’s very own Dean of Admissions, Sara Neher, got to kick off the series. Catch a sneak peak of Sara’s responses below, and then head over to Clear Admit to read (and watch!) Sara’s full interview. She had a lot of fun answering the questions, and her dog, Dora, even makes an appearance!

Coffee or tea? Diet coke

Beach or mountains? Beach

Morning person or night owl? Night owl

Pet peeve? Not speaking up for yourself

Guilty pleasure? The Bachelor and Bachelorette

Favorite virtue in others? Integrity

The rest of the interview is available at Clear Admit!

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