Villanova’s “Career Connections” program is a resource to help students and alumni find insight into a particular career or career-related interest through online networking with other Villanovans. Career Connections provides you with the contact information for alumni who are interested in helping you on your journey of career exploration. Whether you are utilizing the database to explore options for your major, or you are starting the job search process, Career Connections can be a source of excellent information. Networking is perhaps the most powerful way to find a position and/or gain knowledge about a specific industry and with Career Connections you have an entire network of contacts at your fingertips. Click on the YouTube below to find out how to register and use the novaNetwork/Career Connections Database.
Use Career Connections to:
Career Connections is a part of the NovaNetwork through the Alumni Association. For students to search for a Mentor/Career Advisor:
If you have any problems once you've taken these steps, please contact the Career Center at 610-519-4060 or email email@example.com
Mentors have not agreed to find jobs for students, but to provide information and advice through their personal experiences as well as their knowledge of industries and positions. Mentors can still be a great link to future employers, as they are in the industry and may know of openings and/or additional people to speak with. Career Connections is really what you and the mentors make of it. Preparing and asking smart questions, doing research prior to the interview and following up with the contact will hopefully ensure that you get the most out of your conversation!
Contact the mentor according to their request – (i.e. by phone, email, or snail-mail) in order to set up a time to talk. If the contact would prefer to utilize email for correspondence be sure to give them some information about you in addition to asking questions regarding their industry. You could even attach your resume to your email as a means of introduction or ask them to look it over if you like.
If you are meeting the mentor in person, be on time and dressed appropriately. You are primarily responsible for the content of the informational interview, as it will be based on your questions and inquiries. Keep in mind you should ask your most important questions first, and stick to the agreed upon time specifications. It is also a good idea to ask the mentor if they can recommend anyone else to speak with, thus automatically expanding your network.
Once you have identified the reasons why you are seeking information and who to contact, formulate questions to ask the mentor. Below are some suggested questions:
Go to www.alumni.villanova.edu and click on "Nova Network" to get started. You will first need to register with NovaNetwork, and then you will be able to create your profile in Career Connections.