Darden students have access to a variety of career services from the Career Development Center, and one of the most popular is individual career coaching. During the most recent school year, Darden’s career consultants conducted approximately 2,500 student coaching sessions — an average of three coaching sessions per student.
What is coaching?
Coaching is “a co-discovery and learning process through which the individual being coached achieves ‘ah-ha’ moments as a result of the coach-client interactions.” *
Why might I need a career coach?
At a very simple level, a career coach can serve as a sounding board when making career decisions. A career coach can also help you establish career goals and develop a career plan, for which you can hold yourself accountable with the coach’s guidance. A career coach guides you through the job search process, but can not “place” you in your next role.
Who is my career coach?
Jack Oakes serves as the Global MBA for Executives career consultant. He teaches Darden’s Career Management series for MBAs and leads seminars in all aspects of career management. He advises MBA students on professional development topics, including setting career objectives, creating marketing plans, and writing cover letters and resumes. Jack joined the Darden team in 2005. Prior to Darden, he worked in marketing in consumer goods, investment management and private wealth management. Jack earned a Darden MBA in 1989.
How often can I meet with my career coach?
On average, Jack meets with students three times during the Global MBA for Executives program. Typically, the focus of a single coaching session is to:
- Establish a career objective;
- Discuss a marketing plan; or
- Conduct a mock interview.
In addition, Jack provides written feedback on resumes and cover letters through e-mail.
How do I get started?
E-mail Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your first appointment. He is available to meet with students in person, by telephone, or through Microsoft Lync.
Darden MBA ’89
Assistant Dean for Career Development, Career Coach for GEMBA
* “How Executive Coaching Can Fuel Professional – And Personal – Growth”, Kaveh Naficy and Lynn Isabella, OD Practitioner, Vol. 40 No. 1, 2008.