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Career Coaching

Villanova University's career resources aren't just for students - The Career Center and Alumni Relations have partnered to offer support for alumni of all ages and at all stages of their careers, through Experienced Career Services.

If you are considering a career change, Villanova's career resources can be a helpful way to explore your interests, break into a new industry and take the next step in your career.

Start with these resources and learn about how you can access personalized career coaching below. Most resources are accessed via Handshake and may need an email address. Learn how to access yours here.


From the comfort of home, FOCUS enables you to self-assess your career-relevant personal qualities and explore career fields and major areas of study that are most compatible with your assessment results. This is a good choice for recent graduates.

Personalized Career Advice

For experienced alumni, and for those wanting professional guidance, visit the Career Center for a counselor-guided assessment like the Strong Interest Inventory or MBTI. Log in to your Handshake account to schedule your initial appointment. Call our office at 610-519-4060 if you need assistance.

Experienced Resume Guide

Villanova University’s concise one-page guide is full of tips and tricks to elevate your experienced-level resume. Following this guide will ensure your formatting is effective and content is relevant for today’s human resources hiring practices.

Presentation: Resumes for the Experienced Professional

This presentation thoroughly reviews best practices for experienced professionals who want their resume to stand out in today’s job market. Topics include: identifying transferable skills, how to write a professional summary, and understanding applicant tracking systems and why they are crucial to the creation and customization of your resume.

Do you need personalized career coaching? Access a masters-level career counselor by making your appointment via Handshake, our modern and intuitive Career Service Management Platform.

Your appointment may be held virtually or on campus by selecting the platform when you make your appointment. Alumni who have graduated more than one year ago are eligible for up to three coaching sessions with Villanova’s Experienced Career Services team per academic year (June 1- May 31). Alumni who have graduated within the past year are eligible for unlimited sessions with all members of the Villanova University Career Center team.

For help accessing Handshake, watch our Alumni Login Instructions video.

Nova Network - Villanova's professional networking platform

The Nova Network is Villanova's official, new social and professional network.

Click here to join the Nova Network to find Villanovans in your industry and local area, discuss career-related topics and access resources for your professional development. Check out this 3-minute video to see how it works.