Career Services & Advisors

  • 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.

    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. Climbing 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, the Career Development Center (CDC) 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.

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  • The CDC 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. Services include:


    Career advisors are available to provide one-on-one advising, ensuring your unique career needs are met and you can focus on making that next step in your professional advancement. Career advisors can help you:

    • Establish a career objective
    • Discuss a marketing plan
    • Conduct mock interviews
    • Develop your résumé and cover letter

    Career Direction

    During the first year of your program, you will have an opportunity to participate in a Career Kickoff meeting with a career advisor to help you chart your course, learn more about CDC resources and shape your objectives. You will also be provided with resources for all stages of the job search process, including:

    • Self-assessment
    • Market research
    • Networking
    • Résumé writing
    • Interviews and negotiations.

    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.

    Company Interactions

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

    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

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

    Sarita Soldz


    Meet Our Team - Sarita Soldz

    Sarita Soldz is a change catalyst and career coach having successfully navigated major career transitions and coached others on doing the same. She has a passion for coaching and advising executives on how to climb within organizations, but also how to determine when and where to transition out. Her specialty is working with Executive MBA students on defining the next chapter in their careers and helping them achieve it.

    Prior to joining Darden, Sarita spent her career in IT consulting, marketing and human resources, including stints as Director of Marketing at Valvoline and Inclusion & Diversity Engagement Leader at Ashland. During her time at Ashland, she led the company's efforts to launch the first all-employee mentoring program, the first women’s leadership accelerator, and the first inclusion and diversity summit.

    Sarita is a recipient of Ashland’s pinnacle Chairman’s Award for leadership. She holds a B.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.



    Meet Our Team - Jim Collins

    Jim Collins works with Darden’s Executive MBA students on a broad range of career strategy and career transition topics. Prior to joining Darden, Jim spent six years as a career coach, educator, and expert resource for more than 2,000 professionals in transition, ranging from supervisors to CEOs. He also spent 20 years in executive and consulting positions in the areas of education, training, and talent management.

    Jim earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, an MS in Clinical Psychology from Cleveland State University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.