Career Services for Alumni
Career Services provides free of charge to alumni of San Diego State University resources that support career development and success.
All career fairs offered by SDSU Career Services are free to alumni. You can register for career fairs through the Handshake platform. See below for how to request a Handshake account.
Employment Opportunities, Handshake
San Diego State is part of the Handshake network. This system provides access to a network of job, internship, volunteer and community engagement opportunities. It also allows users to learn about upcoming events, and related employer services such as information sessions, virtual events, and on-campus interviewing.
Handshake requires a user account. Please fill out the alumni services request form for access to Handshake and a Career Services representative will follow up with you soon - note the approval process may take up to two weeks. Please note that Handshake refers to job seekers as "students".
Career Development Support
Connect with our Alumni & Career Development staff during virtual office hours everyday, M-F, from 2:00-3:00 PM to receive guidance on services and resources available to SDSU alumni. Contact information for virtual office hours can be found in Handshake under Appointments.
Access the Career Guide Handbook - the complete career readiness tool! It will equip you with the “soft skills” that employers value and that are instrumental for a sustainable career. You can view the entire career guide here (pdf, 88 pages) or view and download specific sections here.
In addition to the above, Career Services offers a range of in-person and online options to support career development. Consult the center's web site for additional information.
Career Services offers appointments to address a range of career development topics. Alumni can schedule appointments online via Handshake, or by calling our office at (619) 594-6851.
Pursuing an Advanced Degree
Set up an appointment with a career counselor to discuss options for pursuing an advanced degree. Also, visit the Global Campus of San Diego State University for additional opportunities for individual and professional development.
Give back via the Aztec Mentor Program
Interested in giving back to campus and connecting with current SDSU students? Join our Aztec Mentor Program as a mentor today! Find more details here.
The Strong Interest Inventory is a career assessment that our center recommends for use by current students and alumni one to three years after graduation. The fee to take the Strong Interest Inventory is $10. (Please note that while our region is responding to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fee for this assessment is waived. To request to take the assessment, please complete this brief online survey.)
Please note that a review of the results for the Strong Interest Inventory requires an appointment. To schedule an appointment, use Handshake.
Learn more about free additional career assessments via our web site.
New Resources for the People of California
Onward California is a new resource available to the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource outlines three steps to enroll in the program.
California's Employment Development Department is now providing additional resources to support individuals and business impacted by COVID-19. Contact America's Job Center of California to set an appointment to determine eligibility.
For general inquiries:
For questions about account activation on Handshake:
Career Resource Specialist
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Services for CSU alumni
Alumni of other CSU campuses can request access to Handshake, programs, and workshops. Career counseling and the Strong Interest Inventory are not available to alumni of other CSU campuses through our center.
To request access to Handshake, programs, and events, please contact the career center from campus that you attended and request a letter of reciprocity. The letter should include your name, school ID number, major, and date of graduation. See sample letter