For Parents

We look forward to partnering with you to prepare our students professionally and to connect them to the best opportunities.

The Career Center offers guidance on all aspects of career planning, job searching and graduate studies. We provide the following services to all undergraduates, graduate students and alumni.

Overview

The Career Center is here to help students sort out their choices and make decisions that lead to productive, fulfilling lives. You can play an integral part in your child's career development by encouraging them to seek assistance from the Career Center. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Timeline - the Four Year Plan

The things your child studies, the activities they choose to explore their interests, and pre-professional experiences all help to make career plans clearer. This Four Year Plan suggests a timeframe for their college experience and career development. This is meant to be a general timeline; individuals will vary in their progress. We encourage students to check in with a career counselor at any point in the process as they develop ideas for the future.

Career Counseling

Professional counselors provide guidance on topics such as career choices, choosing a major, the job search, graduate school advising, as well as administer the Strong Interest Inventory. Students may make appointments for individual counseling or take advantage of our "walk-in hours". In addition, we have e-mail communication with students through a major specific database in which all of our events, workshops, information on employers, etc. are listed in the "Network Newswire" which is emailed every Thursday.

GoNOVAJobs

We maintain a database of full time, part time and summer jobs/internships. Students can view listings for jobs and internships 24/7. GoNOVAJobs is our primary job posting resource and also manages the On Campus Recruiting Program. Students are encouraged to fill out a detailed profile, upload resumes and check often for the latest postings.

On Campus Recruiting

Approximately 300 organizations visit campus each year to interview for full time and internship positions. The latest On Campus Recruiting Bulletin is posted on our site weekly during the academic year. The majority of the employers who participate in this program project a certain number of hires for the current year and will come to campus during the Fall or Spring semester. It is extremely important to be aware of application deadlines so your child does not miss any opportunities. Click here for a list of organizations that participated in the On Campus Recruiting Program last year.

Graduate School Information

Registration booklets for graduate school testing and preparation software are available. The Career Center Library houses resources useful in identifying programs and tools to aid in the application process. Workshops are also available to help students navigate the graduate school admission process.

Workshops and Seminars

Various workshops on career development topics are planned throughout the year, and the Career Center Staff are available to speak with student groups, classes and organizations.

Career Fairs, Career Panels & Information Sessions

A number of large and smaller events are designed to build skills, provide employer contacts, and increase an understanding of career options. Most programs are on campus, but some are offered off site with local university consortia. Still others are managed by commercial organizations to increase opportunities for Villanova students and alumni. Career Fairs are offered throughout the academic year. Workshops are listed in the calendar of events, emails and online. Information Sessions can be formal presentations or a networking event, through which organizations come to Villanova to present their organizations to our students. They are often held the evening before their On Campus Recruiting date. Contact the Career Center with questions about any of these events.

Practice Interviews

Videotaped practice interviews help job applicants discern interviewing strengths and weaknesses. There is also a web based practice interview tool that helps candidates gain confidence by better knowing and preparing themselves for interviews. Students can conduct self-assessments or share their answers with a counselor for more personalized feedback.

Career Assistants

Specially trained student volunteers assist other students with resume preparation, organizing a job search and other Career Center services.

Credentials Service

Files containing reference materials used to support graduate school or employment requirements may be established and accessed through the Career Center.

Interest Inventory Tests

The Career Center administers the Strong Interest Inventory. The student's answers to this questionnaire - what you say you like and dislike - determine the results. The Strong Interest Inventory can help them identify general areas of interests as well as specific activities and occupations that they might want to explore further. Understanding their profile will help them find their career focus and begin career exploration. A career counselor will assist with the inventory and help the student identify options as a result of the assessment report.

Career Library

Resources range from career exploration to employer directories to graduate school information. Both hardcopy and online resources are available.

Walk-in Hours

Our Walk-in Hours are Monday through Friday from 11 am - 3 pm during the academic year. Students can make an appointment to meet one-on-one with a career counselor Monday through Friday from 9 am - 5 pm.

How you can help

  • Be patient as your child explores but always encourage a record of success. Even if the plan isn't clear, options continue to present themselves to academic achievers. Think twice about offering to do it for them.
  • Share your insights about what they might like, what they might be good at. You know them best.
  • Reinforce the ways of the "real world." Hold them accountable for being on time and dressed appropriately.
  • Help them to feel comfortable speaking with adults. Conversation is losing out to email and texting. Practice makes perfect and there are many opportunities to speak with alumni and professionals here.
  • Encourage them to monitor their online presence. Employers research candidates using online communities and search engines.
  • Let them know that help is available but that they have to ask for it. It's a huge difference between high school and college. Career counselors, advisors, health professionals, campus ministers, resident life advisors and orientation counselors all provide support.