Career Compass: Professional Development for Villanova Engineers

Director Frank Falcone works with engineering students to help them identify their career goals.
Director Frank Falcone works with engineering students to help them identify their career goals.

As part of Villanova’s comprehensive undergraduate engineering program, you will learn not only the scientific, mathematical and engineering principles expected of every engineer, but also the professional skills needed to succeed in any career. Read:
7 Skills Every Engineering Grad Needs to be Successful.” (Design News

Career Compass is a professional development program that is a combination of self-directed on-line modules and required activities, such as attending professional events on campus. It is a graduation requirement and will appear on your transcript.

The program presents four areas of focus, which have components in each:

Module #1 - The Engineering Profession

Module #2 - Setting the Stage for Personal Success  

Module #3 - Post-Graduation Planning

Module #4 - Communicating in the 21st Century


The Format

Elements of the Career Compass program are delivered in a variety of formats, including:

  • Online videos, modules, quizzes and directed learning
  • Attendance at 2-3 professional events each semester, requiring a written summary
  • One 1-1 ½ hour in-person workshop as needed (not every semester)
  • Interaction with an alumni or industry mentor, beginning sophomore year

Most work can be completed at the student’s convenience—during the week, weekends, or during fall/spring breaks.

Program Units and Credits

Freshman (class of 2021) are required to complete six 0.5 credit courses, EGR 1001, EGR 1002, EGR 2003, EGR 2004, EGR 3005, and EGR 3006, for a total of 3 credits.

Sophomores (class of 2020) are required to complete four 0.5 credit courses, EGR 2003EGR 2004, EGR 3005, and EGR 3006, for a total of 2 credits.

Current Juniors (class of 2019) will continue in the College’s current professional development program. 


For more information about Career Compass, contact the Director of Professional Development and Experiential Education Frank Falcone at or 610-519-7920. 

Advisory board

Career Compass was established through consultation with an advisory board of industry leaders, alumni, faculty and students. 

The Cunningham / Ward Lecture Series in Engineering

As part of your professional development, freshman students are required and sophomores and juniors are encouraged to attend the annual Patrick J. Cunningham Jr. and Susan Ward ’80 Endowed Lecture, generally presented during National Engineers Week in February. This endowed lecture series was established by engineering alumnus Susan Ward ’80 and her husband Patrick Cunningham to offer students exposure to experts from various engineering fields and educational opportunities outside the classroom. Learn more about the Ward Lecture.