Business, Technology, & Entrepreneurship

Have you thought about working in the financial sector? Want to use your communication, teamwork and data analysis skills? Is it numbers and figures you gravitate toward or do you enjoy leading others? Exploring opportunities in a corporate setting? The business community covers a lot of ground. Delve in to learn more about the opportunities within the business community.

We’ve combined these three communities to better serve students interested in these areas. While there are a vast array of companies and job functions that fall within this domain, much of the knowledge, preparation, and information - like recruiting timelines, On-Grounds Interviewing, and specialized interview processes are similar for all students interested in these industries. 


Business

Have you thought about working in the financial sector? Want to use your communication, teamwork and data analysis skills? Is it numbers and figures you gravitate toward or do you enjoy leading others? Exploring opportunities in a corporate setting? The business community covers a lot of ground.

Types of Organizations

Business is everywhere. From corporate to startup, bulge bracket to niche, consulting to non-profit. 

Industry Basics

Investigate various professions in the field of business and learn about differences in work environment, salary, and more. By digging deeper and researching the industry, you can identify many pathways to the world of business. 

Roles and work environment vary greatly depending on the industry. Student interested in business should check out the VAULT guides (accessible through Handshake) for detailed information on specific industries. The following guides may be of interest to you:

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Sales and Trading
  • Actuarial Careers
  • Leveraged Finance
  • Banking and Finance
  • Consulting
  • Accounting

Get Connected

Networking is one of the most successful ways to develop your career path. Connecting with those that you admire, know, and trust can open your eyes to trends, perspectives, and opportunities in your desired career field. Some of the ways you can network include:

Virginia Alumni Mentoring Program (VAM)

Virginia Alumni Mentoring is a program that connects UVA students with alumni who have volunteered to provide insights about the process of choosing and starting a career in their field.  The program provides students and their alumni mentors a structured means of initiating a professional relationship to discuss career interests and professional preparation. Together, they develop goals for their regular meetings, during which the alumni mentors offer insights about their own undergraduate experiences, career progression and current work, in order to support mentees in navigating their own chosen career paths.

Alumni Stories:


Technology

Do you have a knack for technology and a desire to innovate and invent? Like solving complex problems and conducting in-depth research? The Technology and Entrepreneurship Community has information and resources for fields within those industries. Explore how your love of investigation and inquiry can connect to real-world opportunities.

Types of Organizations

Industry Basics

Most of the positions and industries associated with this career community tend to have overlapping themes including:

  • Inventing or repairing things
  • Conducting research
  • Learning or working with facts or principles
  • Collecting, organizing, and interpreting data
  • Working independently
  • Working with quantitative data
  • Producing tangible results

Get Connected

Networking is one of the most successful ways to develop your career path. Connecting with those that you admire, know, and trust can open your eyes to trends, perspectives, and opportunities in your desired career field. Some of the ways you can network include:

Virginia Alumni Mentoring Program (VAM)

Virginia Alumni Mentoring is a program that connects UVA students with alumni who have volunteered to provide insights about the process of choosing and starting a career in their field.  The program provides students and their alumni mentors a structured means of initiating a professional relationship to discuss career interests and professional preparation. Together, they develop goals for their regular meetings, during which the alumni mentors offer insights about their own undergraduate experiences, career progression and current work, in order to support mentees in navigating their own chosen career paths.

The Technology Community has mentors who work with organizations such as Uncubed, Lockheed Martin, Oracle, Leidos and more. To connect with these alums, set up your profile at alumnimentoring.virginia.edu.

Student Organizations

Participating in student run organizations and initiatives on Grounds and in the community is a wonderful way to deepen your engagement with Technology and Entrepreneurship

  • UVA Entrepreneurship Cup
  • Virginia Venture Fund
  • Engineering Students Without Borders 
  • HackCville 
  • Health Unbound 
  • National Society of Black Engineers 
  • Scholars Lab 
  • Science Humanities and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives (SHANTI) 
  • The Darden i.Lab incubator
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 
  • Society for Women Engineers 
  • The Galant Center for Entrepreneurship
  • UVA R Users Group 
  • UVA DevHub

Whether you’re interested in a hands on technical role, working for a startup, or both, there is nothing that members of this community appreciate more than hands on experience. Whether that is research, or independent project work, find ways to build and refine your skills.

  • Hack.Cville - A local “clubhouse for creative entrepreneurship.” HC is a community of designers, programmers, makers, creatives, and the just plain curious. They connect passionate people of all skill levels to foster creative projects. They also provide resources and programming for their members.
  • CADRE – The Computation and Data Resource Exchange through the Library has an academy portal that provides free in person workshops organized into tracks by content and skill level.  Learn Python, R, Cloud Computing, Python and More. 
  • DEV-Hub -  is an opportunity for all members of the University of Virginia community to collaborate on applications and solutions that benefit the campus. With guides and resources you can start building digital solutions whenever you want. 

Professional Associations

More to Explore

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