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Career and Professional Development


The Graduate Programs Office offers students the opportunity to enhance their professional development skills, increase their network, and develop a strategy for leveraging their MBA for career growth and mobility. As students have different motivations for completing a MBA, there are a variety of resource options based on individual student goals.

One-on-one Coaching

Students have the opportunity to schedule coaching sessions. These sessions can be held in person, on the phone, or via Skype at Villanova or at Convene CityView. Students may schedule appointments via Handshake

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MBA Mentoring Program

Students are encouraged to participate in a one-year mentoring program with alumni and corporate partners. This program is facilitated by Chronus, a mentoring platform, that provides mentoring recommendations based on career interests and backgrounds with MatchIQ technology. During this program, students will engage in events that facilitate in-person connectivity such as a Villanova Men’s Basketball game and a concluding reception.


Webinars & Events

Students can participate in any number of programs and webinars. Each year, we offer sessions in general career topics such as Business Communications, Managing your Career & MBA, and Brand Your LinkedIn profile as well as more targeted focus areas such as Demystifying Consulting. There are also external speakers that are brought to campus to provide their advice and guidance; for example, Jaymin Patel, speaker, coach and author of eight books, visited campus in August 2017 to instruct our students on how to "Network like a Rockstar.”

Career Development Tools

Students have access to a number of web-based tools which can help clarify career goals, identify opportunities, plan a career strategy and practice interview skills. These include: Handshake, Vault, Philadelphia Business Journal, CareerShift, GoingGlobal and InterviewStream. Beyond B-School is another resource that allows students to hear from industry experts and search the library for specific career related content areas.

Meet Our Team

Rita Di Carlo

Rita Di Carlo
Associate Director
Career and Professional Development
(610) 519-4795

Lauren Knoll

Lauren Knoll
Assistant Director Graduate Programs Career/Professional Development

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Rita Di Carlo
Associate Director, Career and Professional Development