Networking & Career Preparation

2013 Career Event for Majors

On Thursday, April 18, a few graduates from our department shared how they have built successful careers within the fields of law, finance, and management.  This year’s “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.

At this event, each speaker provided a synopsis of his/her occupational experiences since graduating from Villanova.  Afterwards, students posed questions to the speakers to learn more about their professional lives and how they have reached their current positions.  As in past years, this annual gathering proved to be a lively and informative event that offered prospective and current majors valuable practical insights into various career options. 

As a resource to our students, we videotaped this year’s gathering and you can check out the recording here.

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.

Networking with Villanova Alumni

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.

 

1-Credit Professional Development Courses

ASPD 2000 Professional Development

Start your professional journey today! Learn how to create a professional resume, research internships and professional positions, conduct an informational interview, 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 2003 Professional Communication

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 Social Networking

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.

Questions? Please contact karen.graziano@villanova.edu

 

Additional Resources for Networking & Career Preparation

 

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)