Statue of SJSU track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos triumphantly raising their fists while standing on an Olympic podium.

Congratulations on Graduation!

Students who purchased a cap and gown package at the Spartan Bookstore receive a one-year SJSU Alumni Association membership with continued access to the Career Center. To activate our services, subscribe on-line and select Alumni Association Members.

Once your annual membership expires, you will have the opportunity to renew at a discounted $25 rate!

Not a member yet?

SJSU Alumni have two options to access Career Center services:

  1. SJSU Alumni Association members can access Career Center Services at no additional cost, as a benefit of their membership. Once you obtain your membership number and expiration date, you can activate our services by subscribing on-line and selecting Alumni Association Members. You must provide your 9-digit SJSU student ID number. Alumni Association membership is available for SJSU alumni only and must be purchased through the Alumni Association. 
  2. SJSU alumni can access Career Center services without an Alumni Association membership. You must provide your 9-digit SJSU student ID number. To join, subscribe on-line and select General Membership-SJSU Alumni.

Note: Recent alumni retain access to SJSU Handshake, our lab, and Drop-In Interviews for 12 months after graduation. You must be a paid SJSU Alumni Association or Career Center member to attend on-campus recruiting events. 

What’s the difference?

The Alumni Association membership provides additional benefits other than career resources through the Career Center.

As an Alumni member of the Career Center, your membership includes access to:
  • SJSU Handshake, our online job and internship database.
  • Employer information sessions and on-campus interviews.
  • Career Fairs: Open to alumni with undergraduate degrees only.
  • Self-help services on website, including GoinGlobal and Big Interview.

SJSU Alumni Networks

Utilize your alumni network to supplement your job search and career development.

Alumni Association LinkedIn | SJSU LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Support the Spartan Community

The Career Center offers work programs to educate students on different industries, as well as job and internship search skills. This is an excellent way to meet with students in a low-pressure environment, share your expertise and elevate your organization's brand.

Examples of these events might include:

  • Career Panels
  • Resume or career fair success workshops
  • Mock interviews


Community Resources

There are several resources you can utilize through the community, whether you're a student, alum, or community member. Check these out for additional assistance.


CareerOneStop is your pathway to career success. Find tools to help job seekers, students, business, and career professionals. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Find a CareerOneStop near you.


NOVA is a nonprofit, federally-funded employment and training agency that provides customer-focused workforce development services.

Silicon Valley Career Counselors

A list of Bay Area career counselors that see clients in private practice. Career counseling, coaching, resume writing, and job search support are typical services offered by these counselors.

Silicon Valley Workforce Investment Network: Work 2 Future

Work 2 Future operates three One-Stop Career Centers in the areas of San Jose, Campbell and South County. The goal of Work 2 Future is to strengthen the economic base in San Jose and Santa Clara County by increasing employment opportunities and job retention for all residents. Workshops, job listings and career advising programs are available through Work 2 Future One Stops.


I graduated from SJSU and am no longer taking classes; do I need to pay to access the services after graduation?

SJSU alumni can access our self-help services by purchasing an annual Career Center membership for $25 or by joining the Alumni Association. Membership includes access to self-help job search resources and on-campus recruiting events. Fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable, and are not pro-rated. Membership is valid for one calendar year or as long as the Alumni Association membership is current.

Recent graduates retain access to SJSU Handshake (job database) for 12 months after graduation.

Does my Alumni Association membership give me access to the Career Center?

Yes. The $25 Career Center fee is waived upon presentation of your valid SJSU Alumni Association membership card. In order to assign you a new Career Center account, please submit your Alumni Association member information. There is no additional cost for the membership. This service is only available to those who graduated from SJSU.

Can I meet with a career counselor one-on-one?

Recent alumni can schedule one-on-one appointments with a career counselor for one month upon graduating. Beyond that, we are not able to offer career counseling appointments to alumni.

I am a Gateway Program (SAL) student. Can I access your services?

You have access to our website/lab resources and Drop-In Interviews.

I am an Open University or Special Session student. Can I access your services?

You have access to SJSU Handshake, our website/lab resources, and Drop-In Interviews.

I am a community member, non-affiliate of SJSU. Can I access your services?

Our services are only available to currently enrolled SJSU students and registered alumni members. Please refer to the Community Resources for a listing of businesses that provide job search assistance to the public at no cost or for minimal fees.

What do I need to bring to employment-related events on campus?

You must present a photo ID and a copy of your Career Center membership such as membership card, Alumni Association card, or email confirming your current membership from the Career Center.

Are other services on campus included in the membership package?

Not at this time. The $25 fee provides access only to our services. Alumni Association members have additional benefits provided by the Alumni Association.