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.

You Did It! You’ve Completed Another Year of College!

By: Toni Momodu, Susquehanna University, 2024

Published: May 15, 2024 on I’m First!

Ah, yes. The time has come for summer break when we all return home and have an actual break from the hustle and bustle of college life.

Although …

By Megan Pongratz
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Networking Effectively During an Internship

A great internship is full of potential for your career. For starters, an internship can provide a direct path to full-time employment, but this isn’t necessarily a guarantee. Something you can always control is the way in which you interact …

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Wildcat Spotlight (Mark Guzman Lizarazo, COE ’25)

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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Alumni Connections

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  • New York, NY
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  • King of Prussia, PA
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  • Chatham, NJ
  • Senior Vice President of Global Delivery Atlas
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  • Newark, NJ
  • Therapy Aide Main Line Health
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  • Clementon, NJ
  • Firefighter Clementon Fire Rescue
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  • North Arlington, NJ
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  • Villanova, PA
  • Intern Rothman Institute
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  • Wheaton, IL
  • Vice President Proxima part of Bain and Co
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  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Adjunct Professor Saint Joseph's University
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  • Abingdon, MD
  • Customer Success Manager CAS
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  • Exton, PA
  • President Golden Signet, LLC
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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,…

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…

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…

Make Belonging Real in the Workplace

Taught by Dumi Senda
In this course, workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) expert and global leadership coach Dumi Senda shows you how to…

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…

Foundations of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Taught by Dereca Blackmon
The world of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) can be both empowering and overwhelming at times. How can someone…

Cybersecurity Careers: Become an Identity and Access Management Manager

Taught by Andrew Chanthaphone
Identity and Access Management (IAM) is all about understanding who has access to what, when, and why. IAM might not…

Cybersecurity Careers and Certifications

Taught by Marc Menninger
Demand for cybersecurity professionals has never been higher—and it’s only projected to keep growing. Interested in finding a job in…

How to Own Your Career and Build Your Dream Job

Taught by Pete Mockaitis | How to Be Awesome at Your Job
In this audio-only course, Ann Hiatt shares valuable career development lessons learned from her 15 years working alongside Silicon Valley’s…

The Six Skills of Proactive Professionals

Taught by Pete Mockaitis | How to Be Awesome at Your Job
In this audio-only course, international speaker and trainer Chrissy Scivicque discusses a crucial set of proactive skills that keep you…

Making Your Next Career Move Your Best Move

Taught by Pete Mockaitis | How to Be Awesome at Your Job
Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut, without a plan, and unfulfilled? Looking for a way out…

Nailing your Interview, Resume, and Negotiation FAST

Taught by Pete Mockaitis | How to Be Awesome at Your Job
In this audio-only course, Steve Dalton—author of The Job Closer: Time-Saving Techniques for Acing Resumes, Interviews, Negotiations, and More— breaks…

IT Service Desk Careers and Certifications

Taught by Sarah Lean
Are you looking for a new role as an IT professional, or just ready to change up your career? This…

Machine Learning and AI Foundations: Decision Trees with SPSS

Taught by Keith McCormick
Many data science specialists are looking to pivot toward focusing on machine learning. This course covers the essentials of machine…

Machine Learning and AI: Advanced Decision Trees with SPSS

Taught by Keith McCormick
If you’re working towards an understanding of machine learning, it’s important to know how to work with decision trees. In…

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…

Introduction to Career Skills in Software Development

Taught by Annyce Davis
Are you ready to take the first step on your journey as a computer programmer? Maybe you want to land…

Machine Learning and AI Foundations: Advanced Decision Trees with KNIME

Taught by Keith McCormick
Every year, it seems, there is a new hot trend in data science. One of the hottest predictive analytics algorithms…

The Path: Advice from Business Leaders to Guide Your Career

Taught by LinkedIn News
Welcome to The Path: Advice from Business Leaders to Guide Your Career. In each installment of this ongoing series, LinkedIn…

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