It is common for students to have a broad range of interests and to feel overwhelmed about having to choose one major to study. Majors without defined career fields offer students content knowledge and transferable skills that prove competitive in employment and graduate studies. Visit our Placement Data to see what our students pursued after graduation.
The most important thing in determining a major should be the student's interest and ability to excel in that field. The Career Center counselors help students choose a major through the Interest Inventory Test.
There is no one "best" pre-law major. Law schools look for well-rounded students with a comprehensive education. Law school admissions look for individuals with strong, diversified academic records. One exception to this would be if a student is interested in Patent Law, there are special undergraduate degree requirements, i.e. engineering, science and technology.
Employers look at a wide range of factors - GPA, skill sets, internship experience, volunteer work, extracurricular activities. Some employers also weigh participation on athletic teams, student government, cultural organizations - all which contribute to "out of the classroom" experience. All employers are different and look for different skills. Some are looking for team players, while others prefer a more focused individual.
Many of the larger companies that recruit on campus have offices nationwide and are willing to recommend students to other offices. Students may interview at Villanova, then be referred to another office. This policy varies from company to company. GoNOVAJobs has current postings of internships, part-time and full-time jobs. The postings in GoNOVAJobs are submitted by alumni and employers who are specifically seeking candidates from Villanova University. There is also a wider database where students may do an advanced search geographically. or by industry, or by Name, etc.
Students who take a year off are not at a disadvantage. Some graduate school programs encourage students to have a few years of practical experience behind them. This also gives them an opportunity to earn some money before starting school again. Some employers value this experience. Students go into the Peace Corps or travel abroad on a fellowship or participate in Teach for America or Americorps. Whatever the reason, this gap year provides a time for maturation and career options to explore.
Employers seek well rounded students who have skills that cross over disciplines, i.e. an Engineering student who has a second degree in English or the Accounting major who also has a degree in Communication. Some graduate school programs appreciate the pursuit of different degrees. However, they also look at academic performance. It is better to concentrate on one degree and do well, than to choose a dual degree and perform at a mediocre level.
There are many steps in researching and applying to graduate school. It is not that complicated - it just requires organizational skills. There are guidelines posted on our site - Graduate School Steps. We have workshops that will help students get stared and counselors are available every step of the way.
One of the main reasons for internships is to gain valuable experience and make students marketable in their fields of interest. Employers look for students who are hard workers and are willing to learn. Depending on the student's major, some of these internships will be paid, some not. Encourage your student who needs to earn money during the summer to perhaps participate in an internship part-time and work part-time. The career counselor will work with students for the best possible outcome.
Villanova prepares its graduates for successful careers and rewarding lives. Each year, the Villanova Career Center collects and publicly shares data reported by the University's recent graduates. This data includes graduate school placement, employment and salary statistics.
The Office of International Studies (OIS) at Villanova University provides the Villanova community with the opportunity to experience the world beyond the borders of our campus and country. As an academic office, their focus is on student learning, and their goal is to provide programming that will allow students to become immersed in their host culture.
Reneges are never permitted or condoned by the Career Center. Reneging on an offer is a serious violation of the Career Center’s policy and will result in immediate suspension of all recruiting privileges. The student’s GoNOVAJobs account is also de-activated. Violators will be required to meet with a representative from the Career Center, their academic chairperson and/or Dean. Future recruiting privileges will be determined after this meeting
Graduate School application process
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