Preparation
Pre-Darden

Do you want a traction role in tech? Why?
What does that mean to you?
What do you think you most need to learn or do to get there?

For perspective, here’s one story about a tech-related by Darden second-year’s: Stuff Our MBA’s do at UVA Darden.

  • Right Now

    BASELINE

    What professional experiences have prepared you, so far?

  • AS Soon as You Can

    STARTING THE FOUNDATION

    What skills would you most like to acquire that you don’t have? Here are some ideas: You, the Product Manager

  • When You Can

    YOUR STORY

    What experiences are candidates for blog or portfolio entries? Draft an entry- see Personal Innovation Portfolio.

Focus
First Year Darden

How are you going to land the right internship?

  • By Mid-Year

    TECH INTERNSHIP

    Based on your profile, what is your priority list of potential internships?

  • 1994

    FY Qtr-4

    DESIGN THINKING

    Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship in Action- IDEA (7500)

Focus
First-Year Summer

How are you going to make the most out of your internship?

  • 1995

    Summer

    INTERNSHIP IGNITION

    How do you make your project a candidate for personal storytelling?

  • 1996

    As Needed

    Adaptive Learning

    Have ideas on what you want to learn, but also take the opportunity to adaptively learn based on your project. For example, if there’s a need for a digital prototype, figure that out. Ad campaign on LinkedIn- the same. Here are some resources: You, the Product Manager

Focus
Second Year MBA

How are you going to prepare yourself for a traction role in tech?

  • Fall

    JOBS: PRIORITY LIST

    Based on your profile, what is your priority list of potential jobs? If you need someone to sponsor your visa, does the company have that capability?

  • Q1

    COURSES FOR DIGITAL PM’S

    Software Design (8632)
    Digital Product Management (8636)

  • Q2

    COURSES FOR DIGITAL PM’S

    Data Science in Business (8496)

  • J-Term

    COURSES FOR DIGITAL PM’S

    Software Development (8633)

  • COURSES FOR DIGITAL PM’S

    Q3 & Q4

    Innovation & Design Experience (8459)

  • Q3 & Q4

    INTEGRATIVE DIRECTED OR INDEPENDENT STUDY

    It’s TBD for 19/20 whether will be an IS or DS, but you should find a project where you’ll integrate your design, UX, app development, and data science skills- something like this. If you do an IS, feel free to get in touch with me for some samples you can use as a starter.

  • As You Go

    PERSONAL NARRATIVE

    What coursework is a candidate for personal storytelling? As you go, create posts and portfolio entries to show vs. tell employers about what you’ve learned. See here for some starter elements- Personal Innovation Portfolio.

Focus
Post-Darden

What is your trajectory? What do you most wish you knew more about?

  • 2013

    LIFELONG LEARNING

    Based on new topics you encounter on the job, set aside some extra time to take a MooC and apply new skills. For example, if there’s a need for a digital prototype, figure that out. Ad campaign on LinkedIn- the same. Here are some resources: You, the Product Manager

  • As You Go

    PERSONAL NARRATIVE

    What experiences are candidates for personal storytelling? As you go, create posts and portfolio entries to show vs. tell your community of practice what interests you and what you’re learning. See here for some starter elements- Personal Innovation Portfolio.

Curricular Learning

Extra-Curricular Learning

Career Development

Personal Narrative