Career Compass: Professional Development for Villanova Engineers

Director Frank Falcone works with engineering students to help them identify their career goals.
Director Frank Falcone works with engineering students to help them identify their career goals.

As part of Villanova’s 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. Read:
7 Skills Every Engineering Grad Needs to be Successful.” (Design News

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

The program presents four areas of focus, which have components in each:

  • Module #1 - The Engineering Profession
  • Module #2 - Setting the Stage for Personal Success
  • Module #3 - Post-Graduation Planning
  • Module #4 - Communicating in the 21st Century

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 1-1 ½ hour 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 are required to complete six 0.5 credit courses, EGR 1001, EGR 1002, EGR 2003, EGR 2004, EGR 3005, and EGR 3006, for a total of 3 credits.

Class of 2020 are required to complete four 0.5 credit courses, EGR 2003EGR 2004, EGR 3005, and EGR 3006, for a total of 2 credits.

Contact

For more information about Career Compass, contact the Director of Professional Development and Experiential Education Frank Falcone at Frank.Falcone@Villanova.edu or 610-519-7920. 

Volunteer to Mentor!

Seeking Villanova Engineering alumni to mentor current undergraduates through the Career Compass program. If you’re interested, please complete this form or contact Frank.Falcone@villanova.edu for more information.