Our mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive career services, empowering members of the Villanova University community to choose and attain personally rewarding careers. We serve that mission in a variety of ways:
Individualized Career Planning
Members of the Career Center team regularly meet with undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni to educate them about career decision-making, provide them with the tools to succeed and connect them with opportunities and people through our resources and events. Foundational to this work is our focus on helping Villanovans align their values with the work and organizations they seek. We encourage students and alumni to evaluate employers and employment by asking questions and thinking critically about what they see, hear and observe in action to ensure the opportunity aligns with their goals.
Partnership with Colleges
Within the colleges of the university, professional development teams and programs exist to integrate career services, education and experiences into the curriculum. The Career Center is a contributing partner to the creation, delivery and evaluation of these programs to ensure all students are provided with equitable access to career and professional development resources.
Events, Programs & Employer Connections
Throughout the year, the Career Center manages hundreds of events and programs in collaboration with employers, faculty, staff and alumni of the university, including on-campus interviews, career fairs, in-class career education sessions and academic immersion programs. Along with our career events, employers post thousands of job and internship opportunities in our career services management platform, Handshake.
Who We Serve
The Career Center’s services are available to all degree-seeking students of the university and all undergraduate and graduate alumni. Students in the Charles Widger School of Law should primarily seek the services of the Office of Career Strategy & Advancement.
The Villanova University Career Center is committed to the university’s advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion and recognizes that these principles are integral to our work. It is necessary for Villanova students and alumni to develop intercultural understanding and inclusive communication practices in order to be a positive influence in the global workplace. We seek to create a welcoming environment in all that we do, ensuring that all identities, perspectives and experiences are heard, respected and valued in conversations about career and professional development. We develop programs and resources to support underrepresented and minoritized students and alumni in achieving personally rewarding careers. We will continue to listen, learn and serve as advocates for all members of the Villanova community as we support individuals on their personal and professional journeys.
Our Core Values
We commit to ensuring that all identities, perspectives and experiences are heard, respected and valued.
We recognize the unique needs of each person, acknowledge the multitude of factors that influence decision-making and maintain an environment of trust, honesty and transparency.
We embrace a growth mindset and stay open to all opportunities to learn, innovate and educate.
We make meaningful connections between opportunities, people, resources and ideas.
We take time to encourage each other and celebrate success in all its forms.