Financial Services, Real Estate & Insurance

Welcome to the Financial Services, Real Estate & Insurance Industries Connections Community!

Explore your interest in the financial services, real estate, and insurance industries through this page’s various tools and resources. Check out the Financial Services and Banking 101 and the Business Functions and Operations 101 resources which provide Villanova-specific information and links to the Vault Guides, providing a thorough overview of the sectors you’re interested in within these industries. The jobs and internships featured on this page are just a sampling of what is posted on Handshake, so log in to view more! To connect with additional alumni involved in financial services, real estate and insurance, check out the Nova Network.

Villanova Financial Services, Real Estate & Insurance Industry Programs & Additional Events

Be on the lookout for various events that take place throughout the year including career fairs, information sessions, panels, workshops, info tables, coffee chats, and virtual events.

  • VSB O’Donnell Center: Careers in Corporate Finance & Accounting (Fall)
  • BRIDGE Society Mentoring & Networking Event: Exploring Careers in Finance (Fall)
  • What Liberal Arts Students Need to Know About Finance Workshops (Fall)
  • DiLella Center for Real Estate Career Conference (Fall)
  • Wall Street Meetups (Spring)
  • Society Events e.g. Women in Business Conference (Fall)

Villanova Financial Services, Real Estate & Insurance Industry Resources

Check out these resources that can help you in your journey to learn more about the financial services, real estate, and insurance industry.

How To Become a Business Analyst

Whether you’re looking to get into business as a fresh graduate or make a career change, becoming a business analyst is a great option. Professionals in these roles are in high demand because analysts are key players in helping businesses …

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“Breaking Barriers: DEI Organizations Paving the Path to Success Through Financial Services Internships”

Historically, financial services and investment banking have lacked diverse talent. As an industry that is centralized in networking and social capital, many underrepresented and marginalized candidate groups have been excluded. Due to this fact, organizations like Girls Who Invest, INROADS, …

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A Day in the Life: Commercial Real Estate Sales Agent

7:30 AM: Things start early. Get into the office, check voice mail and go through contact database to line up cold calls for the day. Scan the Wall Street Journal or the local paper’s business section to see if clients, …

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Industry 101 Guides

Career Readiness Resources

Alumni Connections

  • Morristown, NJ
  • Senior Portfolio Advisor CDFA Merrill Lynch
  • Greater Philadelphia
  • Founder/CEO Pearl's Sales & Marketing Consultancy
  • Dallas, TX
  • South Plainfield, NJ
  • High School Mathematics Teacher Edison Township Public Schools
  • New York, NY
  • Assistant Vice President Morgan Stanley
  • New York, NY
  • Doylestown, PA
  • Financial Planner - AIF®, BFA™, RFC® LPL Financial
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Sales Engineer Brooks Instrument
  • Braintree, MA
  • Amazon Reseller Self Employed
  • West Chester, PA
  • Principal Consultant Sunguard Financial Services
  • New York, NY
  • Associate Blank Rome

Skill Building Courses

Financial Accounting Part 1

Taught by Earl Stice
Anyone who needs to interpret financial statements or communicate financial results needs a solid understanding of financial accounting. This comprehensive,…

Running a Profitable Business: Calculating Breakeven

Taught by Earl Stice
Starting a business can be pricey. Breakeven analysis and cost-volume-profit analysis will help you understand when—and if—your business will start…

Financial Modeling Foundations

Taught by Michael McDonald
By distilling key information regarding cash flow levels and risks, financial modeling helps decision-makers make informed choices based on data…

Accounting Foundations: Budgeting

Taught by Earl Stice
Running an organization without a proper budget (or serving as a manager without insight into your organization’s budgeting framework) is…

Startup Stories: Database Programmer Outsources His Skills

Taught by Chris Guillebeau
One key theme of side hustling is using the skills you already have, but how do you know which skills…

QuickBooks and Excel: Importing and Exporting Transactions

Taught by Michael McDonald
Businesses all have their own way of recording financial information. The challenge is getting all the data into your analysis…

What Business Leaders Need to Know about Web3 (+ Metaverse)

Taught by Cathy Hackl
In the same way that social media, ecommerce, and even the internet itself were once seen as passing fads but…

32 Ways to Make Extra Money

Taught by Chris Guillebeau
In this fast-paced and fun course, hear 32 inspiring stories of busy people who used their existing skills to create…

SEO: Competitive Analysis

Taught by Anson Alexander
Curious about what your competitors are up to? Tune into this course to learn how to use SEO tools and…

S/4 Finance: Fiori Accounts Receivable Analytics

Taught by Michael Management
Are you an Accounts receivable manager or supervisor? If so, then you know how important it is to understand how…

Blockchain: Beyond the Basics

Taught by Jonathan Reichental
As the underlying code that makes Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies function, Blockchain needs no introduction. It’s a powerful and innovative…

Essential Graphic Production Techniques

Taught by Nigel French
If you’re a graphic designer—or you want to become one—you need to know how to leverage the full power of…

Web3 Design and Security Essentials

Taught by Ian Khan
Web3 seems to be on everyone’s minds these days. The future of the internet is yours to create. But how…

Microsoft Power Apps: AI Builder

Taught by Gini von Courter
Microsoft Power Apps gives both business power users and professional developers the ability to quickly create powerful, low-code/no-code business apps.…

Data-Driven DEI Decision-Making

Taught by Christie Lindor
As a leader in today’s business world, you’re faced with a variety of complex, critical tasks. One of the most…

Storytelling for Designers

Taught by Stacey Williams-Ng
The main goal for most design projects is to convey a message visually, in a way that hooks the viewer.…

Pitching to Investors

Taught by Jana Lee
Find out what angel investors and venture capital firms are looking for in this course by investor and entrepreneur Jana…

Product Management First Steps

Taught by Doug Winnie
Behind every successful technology product lies the guiding hand of the product manager. Product managers are critical leaders who coordinate…

Silhouette Photography: Shooting and Post Processing

Taught by Erika Thornes
Sometimes shapes tell better stories than shadows. A silhouette of a person or object can be a powerfully expressive, graphical…

Customer Retention

Taught by Noah Fleming
What’s the difference between customer retention and customer loyalty? Loyalty is a symptom, and retention is the cause. In this…

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