Career Assistant Bios

Gia B.

Gia B.

'21, Politcal Science

VU Highlights: Treasurer of the Tau Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., President of the MLK Day of Service Committee, REACH Mentor, and of course CAREER ASSISTANT

Career Aspirations: I hope to become the first African-American Female Supreme Court Justice.

Most unusual job: I worked as a cashier and barista at Panera Bread. Although the positions are not unusual the stories and customers from the job were definitely interesting at times.

Favorite Career Center resource: Handshake. It's extremely personalized in job-searching and also finding Villanova Alum who are interested in similar fields.


Jen C.

Jen C.

'21, Economics; Spanish and Communications Minors

VU Highlights: Villanova Cheerleading, Delta Gamma Sorority, Day of Service Committee, Office of Health Promotion Intern

Career Aspirations: Still very undecided as to what my career aspirations are.

Most unusual job: In high school I worked as a hostess at a French restaurant. It was never busy so to pass the time I would read the menu and by the end of the 2 months I had it memorized.

Favorite Career Center resource: Handshake! It has everything you could ever need.


Nicole F.

Nicole F.

'20, Communication - specialization in Organizational Communication, Minor in Business

VU Highlights: Working with the Career Center of course! My biggest VU highlight would be meeting my amazing best friends here - I am so beyond thankful for the wonderful people that make up the Nova Nation.

Career Aspirations: I'm hoping to work in Consulting or Marketing. I know I want to use creative problem solving in a client facing role, but I am open to opportunities I find along the way.

Most unusual job: I used to be an extra in movies, and met Scarlett Johansson once!

Favorite Career Center resource: NovaNetwork! It's so helpful for researching what graduates of your major are doing, what majors end up in different industries and most importantly, reaching out and networking with alumni.


Shelby G.

Shelby G.

'20, Electrical Engineering

VU Highlights: Pastoral Musicians Vice President, Engineering Student Council (ESC) Committee Head, IEEE, SWE, and of course, Career Assistant!

Career Aspirations: I would love to start my career as an electrical engineer at Disney or a large defense contracting company! Both very different options, but we'll see what comes my way.

Most unusual job: I was a cashier at a BBQ store in Texas! It was like a meat market so I yelled back meat orders and threw around sides of creamy corn and baked beans (literally). No matter how many times I washed my work clothes, the BBQ scent never came out.

Favorite Career Center resource: Handshake - there is just too much there to pass up! Between networking events, job apps, and info sessions, Handshake really has it all.


Cate G.

Cate G.

'21, Economics, French Minor

VU Highlights: I'm the Vice President of CrossFit Villanova and I'm involved in Villanova Voices, NOVADance, and...I'm a Career Assistant!

Career Aspirations: I want to find a job that involves what I'm passionate about- something health/wellness/fitness related, or a career more closely aligned with my Economics major. Or, if I'm lucky, a job with a combination of the two!

Most unusual job: One year I was a camp counselor at camp for the Historical Society in my town. We did activities related to my town's history and listened to presentations about what life was like around the Revolutionary War. One of the presentations was about colonial medicinal practices and I volunteered to pretend to get my leg amputated (for educational purposes obviously) was quite interesting to say the least!

Favorite Career Center resource: Definitely Handshake! It's such a helpful resource when it comes to tracking the internships/jobs that I'm interested in and learning information about when companies are coming to campus so that I can take the steps to pursue my career aspirations!


Nick H.

Nicholas H.

'21, Electrical Engineering

VU Highlights: CEER PEERS, IEEE, CubeSat Club, VU Gaming, Career Assistant

Career Aspirations: Electrical Engineering has a lot of different career paths so I'm hoping to get a better feel for what I want to do with more internships

Most unusual job: I've flipped four houses if you count that. I was also a delivery driver

Favorite Career Center resource: Handshake is a classic. Market yourself on there.


Tara H.

Tara H.

'22, Business

VU Highlights: RUIBAL leader, Villanova Club Swimming, Women in Business, Society of Women in Financial Training (SWIFT) , Honors Program, & (the real highlight) Career Center Assistant!

Career Aspirations: I'm currently in the process of selecting my major in VSB, so my career aspirations are still up in the air! I'd love to end up doing something that provides stability, a fun work environment, and is a interesting intellectual challenge.

Most unusual job: Mine would have to be my job as a swim instructor for little kids. You wouldn't believe the amount of times I've been clawed at, clung to, or splashed repeatably right in the face. But it's all worth it when the kids learn cool new skills!

Favorite Career Center resource: I love Handshake!! It is such a dynamic resource and I really like that it includes not only job/internship postings, but campus events, student Q&A threads, and an entire career center tab (shameless plug) with tons of great links!


Meredith J.

Meredith J.

'21, Accounting & Business Law

VU Highlights: Blue Key Society, New Student Orientation, VSB Dean's Office Assistant, and Career Assistant!!

Career Aspirations: Currently I am pursuing a career as a tax accountant. Further down the line, I can see myself switching into recruiting for a Big Four company, and even further down the line I would love to work in college admissions.

Most unusual job: In high school, I interned for my county's Office for Senior Resources. Whenever I had free time in the office, I would hang out with the senior citizens, playing bingo and chatting. Through this, I am now strangely good at shuffleboard.

Favorite Career Center resource: I really love the convenience of on-campus interviews as well as the ability to reserve a room for a skype interview. This accessibility makes things just a little bit easier for a nervous candidate.


Reg K.

Reginald K.

'21, Finance, Quantitative Finance Concentration

VU Highlights: Model United Nations President, Phi Sigma Pi, Mergers and Acquisitions Society, Club Badminton, and of course Career Center Assistant!

Career Aspirations: I'm pursuing a Quantitative Finance major which I hope will prepare me for a technical finance career. I also enjoy working and learning about non-profits.

Most unusual job: This past winter I worked as an audio-visual assistant for a nationally televised wrestling tournament, having very little audio-visual experience!

Favorite Career Center resource: Handshake is the go-to application for all your internship and job searches needs.


Kate M.

Kate M.

'20, History and Education

VU Highlights: Besides working at the Career Center, I am involved in Blue Key as a tour guide and play on the Villanova Club Ice Hockey team. I also love to help out with Special Olympics and I am an Orientation Counselor.

Career Aspirations: In the future, I hope to somehow combine my passion for working with kids and making people smile. That or a supreme court justice, keeping all doors open.

Most unusual job: My neighbors often left me in charge of their pet Guinea pig. His name was S’mores and I actually came to really like S’mores and it was kind of a bummer whenever they came home and I was relieved of my Guinea pig sitting duties.

Favorite Career Center resource: I think Handshake is versatile and has many uses for students. It can be used for to help students network, find on campus interviews, and even search for jobs. But I would have to say my favorite Career Center resource would be the wonderful and enthusiastic staff members of the Career Center. They are truly always ready to help and are some of the best people Villanova has to offer in my opinion.


Sarah M.

Sarah M.

'20, Economics

VU Highlights: Peace & Justice Minor; TLS & CASA Tutor; A.C.T.

Career Aspirations: Still figuring that out! Send help.

Most unusual job: My job title was "Crepe Master" when I worked at a crepe restaurant in high school

Favorite Career Center resource: NovaNetwork


Cass R.

Cass R.

'21, Finance major, Real Estate minor

VU Highlights: Alpha Phi Sorority, Club Basketball, Special Olympics ProVol, Career Assistant

Career Aspirations: I would love to gain experience on Wall Street this summer in a finance internship. I hope to come out of Nova with a job in investment banking or something to do with real estate.

Most unusual job: I made sandwiches at Potbelly Sandwich Shop for a summer.

Favorite Career Center resource: Handshake is the most versatile app/website that is super helpful and easy to navigate through.


Marisa S.

Marisa S.

'20, Major: Psychology, Minors in Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Sociology, M.S. in Human Resource Development

VU Highlights: CAREER ASSISTANT, Equestrian Team, Blue Key, Delta Gamma, SAA, Global Key, Leadership Facilitator, Delight

Career Aspirations: I am getting my M.S. in Human Resource Development and hope to work with companies in order to make their workplace more efficient and effective by providing an ideal workplace for employees.

Most unusual job: The most unusual job I've had is not too unusual but a lot of fun, I am a pilates instructor here in Wayne!

Favorite Career Center resource: Handshake because there is so much information and things to do on there, also the people at the career center because they are so nice and excited to help students!


Melissa T.

Melissa T.

'20, Management Information Systems & Business Analytics, Minor in Finance

VU Highlights: Villanova School of Business Ambassadors, VSB CoOp Program, MIS Society, Villanova Special Olympics, and Career Assistant!

Career Aspirations: I aspire to have a career in the information technology field such as technology consulting. I also aspire to incorporate corporate social responsibility into my future career.

Most unusual job: I was a lifeguard back in high school and one of the most unusual jobs I had to do was find a lost wedding ring at the bottom of a 14 foot pool. Side note, the couple was married the day they lost the ring!

Favorite Career Center resource: My favorite Career Center Resource is definitely the staff. They have been incredibly supportive throughout my time at Villanova and have always been eager to offer advice whenever needed.


Katelyn T.

Katelyn T.

'22, MIS and Business Analytics

VU Highlights: Measure Up A Cappella, Villanova Voices, Multicultural Business Association, Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, Sophomore Service Learning Community, and of course Career Assistant!!

Career Aspirations: I would like to work at a multinational company that would allow me to travel, but I hope to explore different business paths through internships in the future.

Most unusual job: It isn't that unusual, but I tutored little kids at a math learning center. They definitely made work really interesting!

Favorite Career Center resource: The new Big Interview platform is really useful to help students practice potential interview questions that could apply to their respective majors.


Meghan W.

Meghan W.

'20, Finance and International Business

VU Highlights: President of the Women in Business Society, Blue Key Society, New Student Orientation Program Administrative Assistant, VSB Peer Advisor, LYM Campus Crew, Greek Life

Career Aspirations: I want to end up in New York City after graduation, and my ultimate career goal is to work in investment management.

Most unusual job: I worked at a fine jewelry store in high school.

Favorite Career Center resource: The people! They truly care and know their stuff.


Sam Z.

Sam Z.

'21, Finance

VU Highlights: Member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, STRIVE, One for the World, and being Career Center Assistant!

Career Aspirations: Finance can have a variety of different career paths so I’m just exploring my options for now but hoping to work in sustainability one day

Most unusual job: I worked as an Argentinian cowboy for four months on a dude ranch in Argentina

Favorite Career Center resource: Handshake is such a versatile and useful tool, it has so many job postings and it constantly refines its algorithm to help students find a job/internship that is right for them.