by Sydney Sfreddo
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business consistently ranks in the top-tier for their career services among MBA programs. To continue introducing you to the career advisors at Darden’s Career Development Center (CDC), this week we are highlighting Ed Yu, Senior Associate Director of Career Education and Advising. Read more about Darden’s Career Development Center in the news here.
How long have you been a career advisor at Darden?
I have been in career advising at Darden for over 11 years now.
What did you do prior to coming to Darden?
Before Darden, I was a career advisor at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. I also spent time in the investment banking industry working for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ)/ Credit Suisse in New York and worked in sales and trading for J.P. Morgan in Singapore and in mergers and acquisitions for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Asia.
What is your favorite part about serving as a career advisor?
I really enjoy helping students who are facing challenges in their search find a good internship or full-time job that’s the right fit for them. I’m a very empathetic person and I use that empathy in my role to relate to students as they are going through the job search process and help them achieve success.
What career advice would you give to an incoming student to help them prepare for their career search before they arrive at Darden?
I would advise them to do their research and narrow down their focus to around three areas of interest or less. Everyone is in a different point in their career exploration, but having that narrowed down focus will help them get the most out of their MBA experience.
What are a couple of hobbies you like to do in your spare time outside of the office?
I enjoy hiking and playing tennis.
What is your favorite thing about living in Charlottesville?
It’s great experiencing the four seasons in Charlottesville. It’s also a fairly peaceful place and there’s so much beauty with the surrounding nature and mountains in the area.
What do you think makes Darden’s Career Development Center unique?
The CDC team members are extremely passionate about their jobs and helping students. You see that passion translate into great outcomes for students in the recruiting process.