Last week, Darden Career Center Senior Director and Career Coach Paul Reeder (MBA ’98) and Director of Admissions Whitney Kestner hosted a webinar for prospective and admitted students highlighting Darden’s student-centric career-support capabilities.

The session featured:

  • An introduction to the Career Center team
  • An overview of the two-plus year career timeline for students, from before starting their program to starting their post-graduation job
  • A report on the record-breaking career outcomes of the Class of 2019

The session also included advice on ways to make the most of additional time at home due to physical distancing measures, such as practicing your story.

View the recording here.

Webinar attendees were invited to submit questions during the webinar, and we’ve responded to a few of the most frequently asked admissions topics below:

I had a GRE exam scheduled this spring, but due to COVID-19 my exam and IELTS test have been cancelled. Are you offering any flexibility, given the circumstances?

Yes, we are offering alternatives for applicants impacted by test center closures. Darden Admissions recently rolled out unprecedented flexibility for Round 3 applicants in light of the coronavirus pandemic. View the press release here or listen to Executive Director of Admissions Dawna Clarke discuss the changes on Episode #57 of the Experience Darden Podcast. 

How can I learn about the student experience and culture and how students build community? 

In November, we held a webinar in which current students shared all the details of the student experience, including why Charlottesville creates a close-knit residential experience for the full-time MBA program that lasts well beyond graduation. View the webinar recording hereStudents love to call Charlottesville home. Check out this short list of just a few reasons why.  

Why should prospective candidates consider applying for the Class of 2022 vs the Class of 2023? 

If you’re considering business school at all, now is a great time to apply. If you don’t get in, you know you have some criteria to improve, and it’s important to know that Darden doesn’t view reapplicants negatively! There are lots of great resources available about applying in Round 3, including:  

  • This Q&A with current students who applied in Round 3 in 2019 
  • This podcast episode with Director of Admissions Whitney Kestner 
  • This blog post: “The Truth About the Round 3 Application Deadline” 
  • Register for a special edition Ask Us Anything: Round 3 Application Updates webinar on 15 April

Can you speak to the Darden case method and how that sets one up for real world work environments? 

Get a glimpse of Darden’s classroom environment in this brief videoEarlier this fall, several students also shared a glimpse into their Darden MBA experiences, including how the case method has influenced their thinking. Watch the video here. You can read more about the case method and reach out to our student ambassadors to hear more first-hand experiences. Plus, we have the best business school faculty on the planet — that’s a fact.  

What’s your interview process like? On-campus or video? 

Read more about our standard interview practices. Round 3 interviews are by invite-only, and will bexclusively hosted online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. For tips on interviewing, watch Dawna Clarke’s application tips video 

Can we connect with current students to learn more about how they’ve approached their career choices? 

We are proud to have a diverse group of dedicated student ambassadors! Check out this blog post for best practices when reaching out to current students. Once you’re ready to connect, explore our student ambassadors webpage 

How can we reach out to Darden alumni? 

The global, dynamic Darden alumni network is just one of the reasons that Darden grads have a lifelong support system. Reach out to them on LinkedIn — they’d love to share their story and answer your questions! 


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