Throughout the fall, there are numerous opportunities for Darden students to meet and network with recruiters from a variety of companies across the world. One such opportunity includes Career Club Conferences, which are held across several Fridays throughout the year. At these conferences, Darden students learn about career opportunities in the featured functional area, participate in Q&A sessions with recruiters and alumni and attend a networking cocktail hour and dinner with company representatives.
Prospective students may attend a portion of the Marketing Forum, as well as the upcoming Finance Conference and Darden Entrepreneurship Conference. In addition, you may participate in an Admissions Q&A session and tour the Darden Grounds.
Are you interested in learning about how the Darden MBA can help advance your career?
Join us for one or more of the following live online chats with current Darden students to learn about companies that recruit Darden students and the variety of academic and career resources available.
General Management Career Path
Tuesday, April 10
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. (EST)
Consulting Career Path
Thursday, April 12
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (EST)
Marketing Career Path
Monday, April 16
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (EST)
Finance Career Path
Tuesday, April 17
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (EST)
Non-Traditional Career Paths
Thursday, April 19
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (EST)
To access the chat, log into the chat a few minutes before the event start time, and use the “Enter as a Guest” option.
There are a number of reasons to get an MBA degree, but we know most b-school students pursue an MBA — at least in part— to advance their careers and expand their career opportunities. While Darden is known for having a strong general management focus, the MBA program prepares students to be ready for the career of their choosing.
Several Class of 2012 students were recently interviewed about the job search process and how the academic environment, co-curricular experiences and career development resources available at Darden helped them in their job search process. The videos are included below:
According to a new study published by the MBA website Poets & Quants, Darden is the only business school to be in the top 20th percentile of MBA graduate satisfaction in teaching quality for 24 consecutive years. The study is based on the satisfaction surveys of BusinessWeek (now Bloomberg Businessweek) of more than 83,000 graduates since 1988. Darden leads the story “Business Schools With the Best MBA Teaching Faculty” by John Byrne, who launched BusinessWeek’s groundbreaking rankings of business schools in the 1980s. He writes:
Only one school of all those surveyed over that 24-year span has scored in the top 20th percentile of teaching grades from graduating MBAs: the Darden School. It is an extraordinary feat achieved through the ups and downs of economic cycles, ever-rising expectations and changing student attitudes.” Read more.
Byrne also wrote a companion article, “Darden: Where Great Teachers Are Gods,” which goes inside the classroom of Darden Professor Yiorgos Allayannis for a discussion of the case study “The Weekend That Changed Wall Street.” The article discusses how Darden’s teaching environment is different from other top business schools and details the intense level of preparation that the case method requires of the Darden faculty. Nathan DeLuke, a Darden alumnus who graduated last year, notes of Professor Allayannis:
He starts by drawing you to the edge of your seat with a remarkably passionate and engaging teaching style, and then he keeps you there by driving you to make and defend specific, time-critical decisions rather than accepting easy generalizations.” Read more.
Women comprise 30% on average of the nation’s graduate business schools but over 50% of the nation’s undergraduate institutions. What happens between the time a woman receives her bachelor’s degree and the age of 28 (the average age of an MBA student in the full-time program at Darden), is something I think about often. This time period is crucial in a woman’s life: career establishment, marriage and child rearing are a just a few key milestones that often occur between the ages of 22 and 28.
The month of March was National Women’s History Month. I came across the White House Council on Women and Girls and a plethora of programming they offered during the month that I thought were robust in shedding some light on women in the workplace. One program in particular, the Women in Finance Symposium, addressed women’s roles in the economic recovery and challenges to women in the finance field. Secretly, I wished that a few current MBA students had been invited to participate in the symposium because I know some NAWMBA members who would have loved to have been part of the brainstorming breakout session to address some of those challenges. I think this council is doing great things to shed light on the career options that exist for women.
My hope is that young women will explore and consider career fields currently dominated by men. The MBA degree has helped many professionals propel their careers forward and despite what some may think, I believe it offers more flexibility rather than less.
The Princeton Review’s 2nd annual Student Opinion Honors for Business Schoolshas named the Darden School of Business one of the 15 most highly rated graduate schools of business in four categories: Finance, Accounting, General Management, and Operations. This places Darden among the top five percent of schools in the survey. The Princeton Review, in partnership with Entrepreneur magazine, compiled the lists using data from its national survey of 19,000 current business school students attending 301 business schools profiled in its book, Best 301 Business Schools: 2010. The 80-question survey asked students to report on classroom and campus experiences at their schools and rate their MBA programs in several areas.
9th Annual Darden International Finance Conference The 9th Annual Darden International Finance Conference took place on March 18-19. The two-day event highlighted issues and practices surrounding access to capital in both emerging and developing markets and included sessions on “Financial Institutions and the Global Crisis,” “Politics and International Finance,” and “International Portfolios and Returns.”
2nd Annual Venture Summit The University of Virginia, which last year hosted a summit that brought together venture capitalists representing nearly $20 billion in active capital funds, will hold its 2nd Annual Venture Summit on March 25 and 26. Dean Robert F. Bruner said entrepreneurial activity is critical to America’s economic recovery and job creation. “This summit goes right to the heart of that challenge and is the kind of contribution to recovery that a university is ideally suited to make,” he said. Virginia U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner will be on hand via videoconference for a special session on federal regulation of venture capital. U.S. Representative Tom Perriello of Charlottesville will participate via videoconference in a special panel discussion on energy. The summit will also showcase U.Va. start-ups and student concepts. All six of the U.Va.-based start-ups showcased in 2009 found funding following their presentations at the Summit.
U.Va. has rapidly become a destination for sourcing new technology-based ventures.
U.Va. innovators have spun 77 new technology-based ventures out of the University, including 61 over the past decade. U.Va. start-ups have helped to establish Charlottesville as a hotbed for new ventures (ranked 18th “Best City for Living and Launching a Business” by Fortune and Money magazines and ninth “Best Small Market for Business” by Forbes in 2008).
Over the past five fiscal years, U.Va. researchers have reported the invention of 885 new technologies, 302 (34 %) of which have been licensed to companies and institutions for further development.
U.Va. has recently entered into strategic research partnerships with major corporations and industry leaders such as AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Rolls Royce.
Over the past five years, U.Va. has attracted significant innovation funds and generated high returns on investment via private translational research funding through the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership, the Ivy Foundation, the Thelma R. Swortzel Collaborative Research Award, the Launchpad Program and others.
The Darden School of Business is busy this time of year hosting a variety of events for the Darden community.
Earlier this week, the Black Business Student Forum arranged for Sergio Rial, Cargill’s Platform Leader of Food Ingredients & Systems and President and Regional Director for Latin America, to speak about global leadership. For more information on the talk, read the Leading With Your Brain and Heart article.
Today First Year student Georgi Yanchev is competing in the first ever UVA Entrepreneurship Cup, where he will pitch his concept KaioTeas.com (that won the Darden Business Concept Competition). The event forms part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, and to celebrate the week, Darden and the Batten Institute are hosting the annual E-Conference on November 19 and 20. The E-Conference includes a series of events and panels for alumni and students with entrepreneurial interests to mingle and find inspiration from other entrepreneurs. Read First Year student Brianne Warner’s blog post Quotable E-Conference for some of her favorite pieces of advice from the event.
Today is also the second day of the 9th Annual Darden Finance Conference, which is focusing on top financial institutions’ perceptions of “Looking Ahead to Economic Recovery”. The conference provides a platform for students to learn about various opportunities that exist for MBAs within finance, and it’s also a great way for corporate sponsors to interact with Darden students.
Finally, tonight is the ever-popular Marketing Brand Challenge, organized by the Marketing Club. The event is an educational and entertaining experience that gets students excited about careers in brand management and familiarizes them with issues surrounding product positioning and market research.
This week, the Darden School of Business is hosting the annual Sustainability and Renewable Energy Forum. The event is co-sponsored by Darden’s Net Impact and Energy clubs, with support from the Marketing, General Management and Operations, and Finance clubs. The Forum includes panel discussions on the role of sustainability in the “new economy” and opportunities for utilities, smart grid, and renewable power. The forum also features two keynote speakers and a networking reception. Senior representatives from a variety of companies, including GE, MeadWestvaco, APEX Wind, Constellation Energy, Suzlon North America, and Interface, are in attendance. For information on panelists, speakers, and photos from the event, visit the Forum website.
The Darden School of Business offers over 100 electives in the Second Year, more per student than almost any other business school. In order to get a sense for the types of opportunities available in the Second Year, we have created the following video that features several electives: Managerial Psychology, Social Responsibility & Entrepreneurship, Global Business Experiences & exchange programs, Leadership, Ethics & Theater, Jefferson Reading Seminar, BioInnovation, and Hot Topics in Finance.
Darden is a case method school, and as you will see in this video Second Year courses not only include traditional case studies, but also a range of variations on the case method.