Beyond the Baccalaureate

Amanda and Jenny

The ASPIRE Program is happy and ready to assist upper division and transfer students with help with graduate school, job, and career exploration. This component is called Beyond the Baccalaureate Planning (BBP).

The advising staff is available to help you explore what you plan to do after you receive your baccalaureate degree. As a junior, senior or a transfer student, you may be asking yourself questions like:

  • What do I want to do after I graduate?
  • Do I want to go straight into the job market?
  • Would I like to attend graduate school? How do I apply to graduate school?
  • What jobs can I qualify for with a baccalaureate in my major?
  • What do I need to do to qualify to work in certain careers?
  • What is the benefit of getting a master's degree?
  • How can I get in a PhD program?

We'll discuss the possibilities and help you develop an action plan to help realize your goals. Additionally, the BBP staff can assist you with academic advising concerns and questions. We can make sure you are meeting your requirements for your major and for the university so you can graduate according to your timeline.

Who can participate?

  • All ASPIRE Students; however, Juniors and Seniors (Upper Division) are the target group
  • Transfer students from community colleges
  • Students must meet at least one of the ASPIRE Program eligibility requirements:
    • Low-income
    • First Generation in college (neither parent has earned a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. granting institution)
    • Disabled

Services provided by the BBP

  • Develop an Education Action Plan with career goal interest
  • Monitor students' progress
  • Make referrals to campus community and other resources including the McNair Scholars Program.
  • Offer or refer students to workshops on topics related to graduate school/career planning or to job fairs.
  • Academic advising and planning.

Choosing a Graduate School

  • Admissions Requirements
  • Geographic Locations
  • Reputation of the program/school
  • Faculty/Curriculum
  • Cost - How to pay for graduate school
  • Timeline for applying and completing applications
  • Taking standardized admissions tests
  • Assistance with personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Sending the application packet
  • Graduate school interviews

Career Planning and Job Preparation

  • Staff will help with resume writing and job search ideas.
  • We help with career goals profile so students have information about what their degree can do for them after graduation.
  • We have information about what jobs students can get with today's economic situation.
  • We also can refer students to the Career Center for more job/career research.
  • We also provide service and information for the following:
    • Self-assessment/interests
    • Job fairs/professional develop seminars
    • Internships/Mentorship/Job shadowing

We have advisors on hand to help point you in the right direction toward success. Give us a call or visit us at:

ASPIRE Program
San Jose State University
Student Services Center
(408) 924-2540