Students Who Are First-Generation

Welcome to the First-Generation Connections Community!

The Career Center recognizes that social identities and career experiences often intersect and that Villanovans may face specific challenges navigating the career development process as they explore the world of work. This is a space to connect students who are first-generation, alumni who were first-generation and employers with one another through networking, professional development and educational events and programming. We will continually develop this community as we become aware of additional opportunities to advance the growth of all members of our community.

First Gen Student Spotlight!

We are proud to feature success stories from First Generation students around the Villanova community.

Mark Guzman Lizarazo | Mechanical Engineering | Class of 2025

“Coming into Villanova, I had no idea what was in store for the next four years. I …

By Beth Cahill
Beth Cahill Director of Career Development
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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, …

By Timaria Brach
Timaria Brach
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Network As Net Worth: Increasing Access To Social Capital For Young People

This article was originally posted by By Shaquinah Taylor Wright,

Research shows that anywhere from 70 to 85 percent of jobs are filled through networking. And others are filled before they are even posted. When we talk to young …

By Jhaakira Jacobs
Jhaakira Jacobs
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Identity and Career Readiness Resources

Alumni Connections

  • Union, NJ
Meet Mafatta >
  • Trenton, NJ
  • Director of Conference Services Villanova University
Meet McKenzie >
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Talent Strategy & Projects Lead Marsh & McLennan Companies
Meet Chloe >
  • Summit, NJ
  • Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Kent Place School
Meet Walidah >
  • Malvern, PA
  • Creator/Instructor Unparalleled Live
Meet Joe >
  • West Chester, PA
  • Medical Intensive Care Nurse ChristianaCare
Meet Tiffany >
  • Oceanside, NY
  • Area Manager Walmart
Meet Luis >
  • New York, NY
  • Business Applications Sales Executive Microsoft
Meet Katelyn >
  • Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Senior Financial Analyst Aqua America
Meet Nameer A. >
  • New York, NY
  • Research Assistant Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Meet Lauren R. >
  • King of Prussia, PA
  • Sr. Manager Global Supply Chain Operations Lockheed Martin
Meet David >
  • Chatham, NJ
  • Senior Vice President of Global Delivery Atlas
Meet Jennifer >

Skill Building Courses

Insights from a College Career Coach

Taught by Valerie Sutton
Are you feeling stuck in your current position, seeking a new one, or contemplating a career change? In this interview,…

Working with Recruiters

Taught by Barbara Bruno
No matter how big your network is, a recruiter’s network is bigger. A recruiter can be a great resource to…

A Day In The Life of a Data Scientist

Taught by Madecraft
The best way to understand what it’s actually like to work as a data scientist is to spend the day…

Being a Good Mentee

Taught by Ellen Ensher
Connecting with a network of mentors is critical to your career development. Mentoring is proven to help professionals feel more…

Transitioning into Machine Learning Engineering

Taught by Khaulat Abdulhakeem
Machine learning engineers are increasingly in high demand, which bodes well if you’re a data scientist or software developer who’s…

Accelerating Your Career with Personal Branding

Taught by Shadé Zahrai
When it comes to accelerating your career, you can’t ignore the importance of your personal brand. Your brand is your…

Cybersecurity Careers: Become a Penetration Tester

Taught by Tennisha Martin
This introductory course on becoming a penetration tester explains what pen testing offers as a career path and what you…

Align Your Career Goals with Your Authentic Self

Taught by Alicia Reece
Do you desire to build a career that aligns with your values instead of what you believe is expected of…

Pivoting Your Career to Project Management

Taught by Oliver Yarbrough
When you sit back and imagine yourself in a new career, what exactly do you see? Do you see yourself…

Find Meaning in Your UX Design Career

Taught by Cory Lebson
No matter how much fun you’re having as a UX professional, you may wonder how much your work actually helps…

Women Transforming Tech: Breaking Bias

Taught by Lori Nishiura Mackenzie
Break into the tech industry by breaking bias. Learn skills to level the playing field, gain visibility, build a network,…

Leading Your Org on a Journey of Allyship

Taught by Vernā Myers
Join inclusion strategist, Harvard-trained-lawyer, author and instructor, Vernā Myers, to learn how to grow a more inclusive workplace and become…

Supporting Allyship and Anti-Racism at Work

Taught by Dana Brownlee
While racism and discrimination are systemic problems that persist, each of us can play a role in helping to eliminate…

How to Succeed as a Latina in a Global Work Environment

Taught by genConnectU
In addition to the normal, everyday issues you may encounter in your professional life, being a Latina in the workplace…

Creating Safe Spaces for Tough Conversations at Work

Taught by Madecraft
Tough conversations are exactly that: tough. They might involve topics that include heated opinions, arguments, or biases. But having these…

How to Advocate for Yourself in Your Career Nano Tips with Tiffany Uman

Taught by Tiffany Uman
Welcome to our Nano Tips series, where LinkedIn Learning creators deliver impactful lessons in literally seconds. Here, career strategy coach…

How to Thrive in the Passion Economy

Taught by Knowable
Throw your old 20th century business rulebook out the window and join Planet Money co-founder Adam Davidson for a modern…

Build a Career You Love No Matter the Market

Taught by Elatia Abate
What’s the secret to creating a stable, successful, and thriving career? You need to be prepared for anything, no matter…

Defining Your Data Career Path

Taught by Kate Strachnyi
In this course, Kate Strachnyi, one of the data world’s leading voices, shows you what data career options exist and…

Machine Learning and AI Foundations: Decision Trees with KNIME

Taught by Keith McCormick
Suggested prerequisites General familiarity with supervised machine learning Understanding of terms such as target variable, input variable, algorithm, and train/test…

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