Our graduate professional development programs help you advance your career, whether you’re looking to move into executive ranks, pursue a different functional area in your company or make a significant career change.

These free services are available to all School of Business graduate students and graduate-program alumni.

Career coaching

Schedule individual coaching appointments with John Worth, director of graduate professional development. Sessions can be held in person or over the phone.  

Topics you can discuss include:

  • Career advancement suggestions
  • Marketing yourself more effectively in your current organization
  • Resume reviews
  • Networking strategies and techniques
  • Interview preparation
  • Job search strategy advice
  • Offer and salary negotiation tips

CareerLeader self-assessment

CareerLeader is a fully integrated approach to business self-assessment built on the premise that one's interests, motivators and skills will drive their future career success and satisfaction. This assessment is especially valuable if you are considering a career change or seeking new ways to leverage your business degree.  

CareerLeader generates a report that identifies specific job functions that match your interests, motivators, skills and values. Your results may suggest new jobs to explore or solidify the job track you are already on.

Contact John Worth at jworth2@vcu.edu to learn more.

Workshops and webinars

Workshops and webinars throughout the year cover topics such as:

  • Advancing your career through highly effective networking
  • Leveraging LinkedIn to build and enhance your brand
  • Marketing yourself in your organization
  • Preparing for the interview: emphasizing your transferable skills
  • Elevating your management perspectives
  • Becoming an outstanding interviewer

For executive business students, many of these workshops will be offered at Snead Hall prior to class on Fridays during class weekends. For other graduate business students and alumni, they will be offered in the evenings prior to class. You will receive an invitation by email with registration information about two weeks before each workshop is scheduled.  

Recorded workshops

Watch previous workshops:

Career Moves booklet

Career Moves: Tips on Conducting a Job Search and Managing Your Career offers career-related advice such as:

  • Identifying and emphasizing your skills, attributes and interests
  • Becoming a highly effective networker
  • Writing outstanding resumes and cover letters
  • Preparing for and mastering interviews
  • Marketing yourself in your organization
  • Managing and advancing your career
  • Negotiating job and salary offers 

Executive MBA Alumni Career Perspectives

We asked EMBA alumni: How has your EMBA helped you advance your career? What advice do you have for current students that can help them manage their careers? Find out what they had to say: Alumni Career Perspectives.

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  • John re-framed the narrative of my career in a way that held the truth and authenticity I needed to feel before being able to fully consider the move.
    EMBA student
    Class of 2017
  • The way John explained the reasons for changing my resume made absolute sense and will help make my resume easier to read while highlighting my skills.
    EMSIS student
    Class of 2017
  • The steps John suggests people take on their resume and networking approach really do work, even if they take a couple of months. Everyone could do what I did if they're willing to invest the effort.
    DAPT student
    Class of 2016