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.

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 Advising

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.

See upcoming Career FairsRegister for Career Fairs in Handshake

See upcoming WorkshopsRegister for Workshops in Handshake

Employment Opportunities

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.

Career Guide Handbook

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.

Career Assessments

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.

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.

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: 

Ask us anything at our virtual front desk! We are available for questions or concerns from 10 am - 2 pm through Zoom.

Michelle Crownhart 
[email protected]

For questions about account activation on Handshake: 

Patricia Nieves
Career Resource Specialist
[email protected]

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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

Harassment Policy:

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.