CAREER COMPASS: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR VILLANOVA ENGINEERS

Developed in consultation with engineering alumni, faculty and students, Career Compass is a one-of-a-kind professional development curriculum unique to Villanova’s College of Engineering. As part of our 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.

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

Ethics
Group Dynamics
Time Management
Technical Writing and Presentations
Leadership

Innovative Thinking
Listening Skills
Conflict Resolution
Self-Awareness
Project Management

Career Compass also includes one-on-one mentoring from a Villanova Engineering alumnus, and connects you with professionals in the University’s Career Center who will prepare you for internships and career opportunities through resume workshops and mock interviews with employer representatives.

Simply put, Career Compass provides Villanova Engineering students with the direction they need to pursue and achieve their professional goals.

Cassia Trusty ’20, Computer Engineering

One of the speaker events really opened my eyes to what I can do with my engineering degree and changed my entire perspective on what I thought my career path would be. 

Cassia Trusty ’20, Computer Engineering

Peter Dethlefs ’20, Electrical Engineering

I shared my interest in aerospace with my mentor Alex and he put me in touch with contacts in that industry. I wouldn’t have those connections if it weren’t for Career Compass.

Peter Dethlefs ’20, Electrical Engineering

Rachel Lorge ’20, Chemical Engineering

It’s comforting to have someone who has recently gone through the hiring process to bounce ideas off and ask questions.  You can get so much out of the mentoring relationship!

Rachel Lorge ’20, Chemical Engineering

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 60-90 minute 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.

Career Compass Program Units and Credits

Class of 2021 and Beyond
Required to complete six 0.5 credit courses, EGR 1001EGR 1002EGR 2003EGR 2004EGR 3005 and EGR 3006, for a total of 3 credits.

An all-encompassing approach to professional development