Career Services for Alumni
Career Services provides to alumni of San Diego State University resources that support career development and success.
Career Portal, Handshake
SDSU 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 and register for upcoming events, and related employer services such as information sessions and scheduled interviews.
If you are a recent graduate, please note that your student account lasts up to 1 year after graduation before you will be required to request to change your Handshake into an alumni account.
If you have never had a Handshake account, or you need to create an alumni account after having a student account, please click here. Career Services representative will follow up with you soon - the approval process may take up to two weeks.
SDSU Career Services offers appointments to support and guide alumni through a range of career topics. Alumni can schedule appointments online via Handshake, or by calling our office at (619) 594-6851.
Please note that SDSU Career Services is able to provide initial and general career guidance to mid-career and advanced career professionals. Alumni seeking services associated with career coaching and career transitions should expect to receive referrals to community resources and/or professional career services.
Career Fairs & Workshops
All career fairs and workshops offered by SDSU Career Services are free to alumni. You can register for these career events through the Handshake platform. See above for how to request a Handshake account.
Within Handshake you will have access to a network of job, internship, volunteer and community engagement opportunities.
Career Guide Handbook
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.
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.
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.
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 website.
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 businesses 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
SDSU Career Services does not tolerate any form of harassment or victimization and expects all members of the University community, alumni, visitors, and outside constituents to treat each other with respect, courtesy, and consideration. SDSU Career Services reserves the right to suspend or terminate access and services provided to any member who does not adhere to this expectation.