Networking & Career Preparation

Each year, a few graduates from our department shared how they have built successful careers within the fields of law, finance, and management. At this event, each speaker provides a synopsis of his/her occupational experiences since graduating from Villanova.  Afterwards, students pose questions to the speakers to learn more about their professional lives and how they have reached their current positions.  This annual gathering is a lively and informative event that offers prospective and current majors valuable practical insights into various career options. In 2013, we videotaped our Career Event for Majors and students may view the video below! 

The Office of Undergraduate Students (OUS) sponsors the BRIDGE Society (Build Relationships, Inspire Development & Gain Expertise) that provides current students that opportunity to meet alumni from the College of Arts & Sciences.  Their mission is to “build relationships among students and alumni in the Arts and Sciences, to inspire both student professional development and alumni institutional development, as well as provide a forum for students to gain the experiences necessary to forge their future direction.”  The BRIDGE Society organizes lunches and events that allow undergraduates to explore potential career paths and meet alumni who currently work in different arenas including politics, government, law, business, and the nonprofit sector. 

The Alumni Office supports a variety of student-alumni programs including Take a 'Cat to Work Day, the Student Alumni Association (SAA), and N.O.V.A. Dinners.

The Career Office offers a Career Connections program that connects students with alumni who are interested in providing guidance and advice with the process of career exploration.

The Office of Undergraduate Students (OUS) offers 1-credit courses as part of their Professional Development Program.  Courses vary by semester and often include the following courses to help launch you into your professional life. 

ASPD 2000 Professional Development – 1 Credit

Learn how to create a professional résumé, research internships and professional positions, conduct an informational interview, answer job interview questions, network with alumni, and create a professional development plan. Learn how to market the skills you are developing as a student in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences effectively for professional positions.

ASPD 2001-001 Introduction to Professional Writing – 1 Credit

Learn the hallmarks of effective professional writing: How to target an audience while writing clearly, concisely, and persuasively. Gain valuable professional writing experience directly transferable to writing in internships and professional positions.

ASPD 2003-001 Professional Communication – 1 Credit

This course provides a foundation for leadership studies and professional speaking. You will enhance your professional communication by learning various perspectives that will deepen your understanding of leadership and enable you to succeed in a diverse, ever-changing workplace.

ASPD 2004 – 001 Social Networking – 1 Credit

Making connections and staying connected has never been easier with sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Learn how to harness the power of social media for professional gain and become a savvy social networker.

ASPD 2005 – 001 Networking for Success – 1 Credit

Learn the importance and relevance of networking for your professional success. This course is designed for students who want to identify, understand, and develop personal strengths and relationships to explore and expand professional opportunities.

EGEN 2100 – Creativity & Innovation – 1 Credit

Students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, VSB, and Engineering will work on team-based projects designed to help them understand and deal with the variables that impact creativity and innovation. Students will gain marketable project management and collaboration experience while working on a creative project.

2013 Career Event for Majors (Video)

On Thursday, April 18, 2013, our Career Event for Majors featured:

*Joseph L. Kroart, III (’93), J.D./M.B.A. Candidate

*Vince Garzarella (‘97), a Senior Manager at Vanguard who has progressively advanced his career since joining the company

*Kristine Brennan (‘98), Vice-President at a large financial services firm

Additional biographical information about the speakers is included below.

Vince Garzarella

Vince graduated from Villanova in 1997.  He has spent his entire 15 year career at The Vanguard Group where he has worked in a number of roles in their Institutional Retirement Plans Division.  He is currently a Senior Manager responsible for a department of 50 managers and administrators servicing corporate 401k plans as well as several major college and health system retirement plans.  He is pursuing an MBA from Saint Joseph's University and will graduate in May 2014.  He is willing to have his contact information released upon request; please contact Dr. Gallagher with your interest.

Joe Kroart

Joe graduated from Villanova in 1993 with a double major in sociology and history. The following year, Joe began a graduate program in sociology at the University of Maryland College Park. After earning a M.A. in sociology in 1997, Joe continued his studies in pursuit of a Ph.D. before ultimately choosing instead to become a part of his family’s retail operation in Ocean City, Maryland and Rehoboth, Delaware. However, after years of involvement with this business, Joe had an itch to pursue something different career-wise.  Joe matriculated at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law in 2010. After considering a number of various career avenues, he eventually decided to add a fourth year of school in order to pursue a joint JD/MBA program. This year, Joe is a full-time student at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. Next year, he will spend time between the two campuses, completing the remaining degree requirements for each program. He is on schedule to graduate with both degrees in May, 2014, at which time—as his wife routinely reminds him—he will need to find a real job. He is willing to have his contact information released upon request; please contact Dr. Jones with your interest.

Sample Resumes for Sociology and Criminology majors

Additional Resources

The Student Sociologist Newsletter - information about fellowships, scholarships, and conferences (produced by the American Sociological Association)