EMBA - Career Resources

Career Support

EMBA - Career Resources

Career Resources

Darden’s Executive MBA students represent tremendous variety in terms of industries, professions, career and life stages and more. As such, they also represent a very broad range of career needs.

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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 format students come to Darden with one or more of the following five career objectives.

  1. Advancing within one’s current organization.
  2. Switching to a new company, industry, and/or profession.
  3. Transitioning from the military into a new role in the private or public sector.
  4. Pursuing an entrepreneurial track to launch a new business or expand an existing one.
  5. 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, Darden's 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.

Meet the Executive MBA Career Center Team

Jeff McNish, Assistant Dean, Career Center

Jeff McNish

Assistant Dean, Career Center

Gopika Spaenle, Managing Director, Professional Degree Programs

Gopika Spaenle

Managing Director, Professional Degree Programs

Kevin Kennedy, Managing Director, Employer Engagement and Recruiting

Kevin Kennedy

Managing Director, Employer Engagement and Recruiting

Kristen Anderson, Operations and Program Manager

Kristen Anderson

Operations and Program Manager

Pam Cline, Associate Director for Employer Engagement and Recruiting

Pam Cline

Associate Director, Employer Engagement and Recruiting

Jim Collins, Executive Coach

Jim Collins

Executive Coach

Shavone Dudley, Associate Director, Employer Engagement and Recruiting

Shavone Dudley

Associate Director, Employer Engagement and Recruiting

Emily Funk, Assistant Director, Employer Engagement and Recruiting

Emily Funk

Assistant Director, Employer Engagement and Recruiting

Abby Stauffer, Assistant Director for Employer Engagement and Recruiting

Abby Stauffer

Assistant Director, Employer Engagement and Recruiting

Ellie Toth, Assistant Director of Employer Engagement and Recruiting

Ellie Toth

Assistant Director of Employer Engagement and Recruiting

Jennifer Windus, Executive Coach

Jennifer Windus

Executive Coach

Career Services

The Career Center offers a variety of services that you can take advantage of during your two years at Darden. Many of these services are provided in Charlottesville, in the DC area and remotely, allowing you to engage at the times and places that align best with your schedule.

Our best-in-class services include:

Career Coaching

From finding your purpose, to developing your resume, to negotiating a job offer, Darden's career team provides you with one-on-one personalized coaching to ensure your unique career needs are met and you can focus on making that next step in your professional advancement.

Leadership Coaching 

Darden's Executive MBA career coaches also offer students the unique opportunity to receive leadership coaching. From engaging in self-reflection to providing guidance on how to hold promotion discussions, our coaches have a wide range of effective leadership tools to share with Darden students.  

Job Search and Career Advancement Tactics 

Throughout your time in the Executive MBA program, career coaches will provide you with resources for all stages of your job search or career advancement process. From developing your resume, to building a robust LinkedIn profile, to understanding job negotiation, Darden's coaches equip students with the necessary tactics to achieve their unique career objectives. 

Career Education

Optional interactive workshops are offered throughout your time at Darden. General sessions explore the foundational skills needed for all candidates in a job search, while tailored workshops focus on specific skill development, areas of interest and/or recruiting basics. Online content makes career education accessible 24/7.

This course is designed to help executive MBA students adopt new behaviors and reach their potential as managers and leaders. The course begins with drawing the map from where you are today to where you want to be as a result of your MBA. 

Company Interaction

During the program, you have the opportunity to interact and engage with companies in-person, schedule permitting.

And, regardless of your goals, Darden alumni will likely play an integral role in your career journey. In fact, many of our students find their next opportunity through a network-driven search. As an executive format student, your network will consist of more than 19,000 Darden alumni in 90 countries around the world. 

An Engaged Network

Darden is known for our strong community. Between resources on-Grounds, Darden alumni, and friends of Darden, you will build a solid network and support group that ensures success in your career advancement.

Alumni Career Resources

Alumni Career Resources

Darden’s Armstrong Center for  Alumni Career Services offers lifelong, complimentary career services to Darden alumni.

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