Career Development is a constant, evolving process and there is more to getting a job or internship than just having or working towards a degree. Your education will open many doors, but it is up to you to obtain the employment you desire. For most of us, the most difficult part of the job/internship search process is deciding “what I want to be when I grow up.” That is because we are convinced that whatever career we pick we are stuck with it. We are sure there is only one job we are destined for, if only we could figure out what that one job is. The search, however, is a process… one that may not happen linearly. While we have listed the following information in “steps,” remember that there is often overlap between the steps and often you may find yourself going back and forth between a few of them.
Explore the various sites for finding a job or internship in our Online Resources.
We also encourage you to connect with and learn from employers via social media. Search the hashtag #HireNova on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what potential employers are doing on-campus. Attend a great event? Use #HireNova in your social media posts to share photos, provide feedback and stand out.
The On-Campus Interviewing Program (OCI) is your convenient link to employers interviewing on campus for full-time and summer professional jobs. Villanova seniors and graduate students graduating this year can easily submit resumes to employers through their Handshake account. There are also summer opportunities offered through OCR for qualified sophomores and juniors.
To participate in the On-Campus Recruiting program and apply to the jobs associated with it, all students must complete our OCI orientation:
After viewing the above video, students must also complete the verification survey.
The majority of the employers who participate in this program project a certain number of hires for the current year and will come to campus during the Fall or Spring semester. It is extremely important to be aware of application deadlines so you do not miss any opportunities. Make sure to view the Campus Recruiting Policies before you apply to any positions.
For many years, the Career Center encouraged employers making employment offers to Villanova students to abide by certain dates for student responses. Over the past few years, we have observed significant changes in employer hiring patterns for externships, leadership programs, internships and post-graduate employment. The recruiting environment has become markedly different and we expect this environment to be sustained in the future. This is due in large part to three trends:
Few employers are willing to conform to specific deadline dates for student responses to employment offers because of the complexity of recruiting across multiple campuses. After many discussions with employers and other universities, we have learned that most employers are operating under a two- to four-week window for all employment offer responses, with the majority expecting two weeks’ response time.
Understanding this, the Center Career has established guidelines to provide both students and employers a fair, transparent and up-to-date framework for managing the offer phase of the recruitment process:
We encourage students to make timely, informed decisions. If you need additional assistance in making this important decision please reach out to a Career Counselor or Industry Advisor as soon as possible. Set up an appointment in Handshake or calling the Career Center at 610-519-4060 during business hours.
During this important phase of your job search:
If you have further questions about these guidelines or would like to discuss more about the offer evaluation or negotiating processes, consult with a Career Center counselor.