Director of Graduate Professional Development
Area: Graduate Studies
- Snead Hall
- 301 W. Main Street
- Box 844000
- Richmond, VA, 23284-4000
- Office: B3123
John Worth became the Director of Graduate Professional Development at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in December, 2012. Initially, his role was focused on developing a career and professional development program for students in and alumni from the Executive Business Programs, presenting workshops and webinars on job search and career advancement topics, and conducting individual appointments with students and alumni. His role has now expanded to include providing career resources to students in and alumni from all graduate business programs.
Prior to joining VCU, John was the Director of Alumni and Executive MBA (EMBA) Career Management at the UNC Kenan- Flagler Business School for eight years. In this role he met individually with and conducted workshops for business school alumni and students in the EMBA Programs to assist them in managing and advancing their careers as well as in organizing and conducting their job searches. He created and taught an elective course entitled “Strategies for Advancing Your Career” that was offered to 2nd year students in the EMBA programs. In addition, he wrote a column called “Career Corner” which was sent to all business school alumni and posted on the Alumni Career Management web site.
Prior to joining UNC Kenan-Flagler, John was the Director of Career Consulting at the UVA Darden School of Business for three years. In this role he worked with full time MBA students individually and in the classroom to provide advice on topics including job search strategy, resume preparation, networking, interview techniques and offer negotiation.
Before that, John spent ten years with Deloitte Consulting as an MBA Recruiting Director, managing the firm’s recruiting programs at many leading MBA schools across the country. While at Deloitte, he spearheaded a task force that revamped the firm’s interviewer training program and taught the program to Partners, Senior Managers and Recruiters who participated in the firm’s campus and experienced hire interview processes.
Over the years, John has conducted presentations at Regional and National EMBA Council Conferences on topics such as Utilizing the Case Method in Teaching Career Management, Providing Recruiting Access in Part-Time and Executive MBA Programs, and Developing and Enhancing EMBA Career Management Programs. He also has presented numerous workshops and webinars on topics such as Managing Your Career, Advancing Your Career through Highly Effective Networking, Preparing for and Mastering the Interview Process, Organizing and Conducting a Successful Job Search, and Becoming an Outstanding Interviewer. John also is the author of the booklet “Career Moves: Tips on Conducting a Job Search and Managing Your Career”.
He received a B.A in English from Merrimack College and completed graduate work in administration at the University of New Hampshire. In his spare time, John is a fitness enthusiast (though not readily apparent), has completed one 26.2 mile marathon (when he was younger) and, along with his wife Deborah (who teaches piano), tries vainly to keep up with the changing lives of their two “children” Graham (28) and Sarah (25), both of whom are turning out to be very nice people.