Life After Graduation

 Career Services for CSUDH Alumni

Services for alumni do not end at graduation! Graduating CSUDH students have a twelve-month grace period from the last time attended when services remain free. Following that time period, a nominal fee applies. If we've been a help to you in achieving your goals, we are proud to have done it. While we hope that you have used our services while you were a student to help you successfully find a job, we also want to help those who still need assistance after they've been away.

Free Services

Alumni are provided the following free services:

  • Access to Handshake (Online job board)
  • Access to Career Center website and other career information sites linked to the Career Center webpage
Fee-Based Alumni Career Services

For a fee of $60, CSUDH Alumni are entitled to the following additional benefits and services for six months:

  • A series of four (4) 30-minute individual career coaching sessions
  • Access to Handshake (Online job board)
  • Free entry to all Career Fairs (log on to Handshake for upcoming events)
  • Access to Career Center website and other career information sites linked to the Career Center webpage
  • Participation in Career Workshops (must R.S.V.P. via Handshake)
  • Renewal (no more than three times within a three-year period)
Eligibility and Payment Procedures

Career coaching services are available without charge to CSUDH alumni for twelve (12) months following degree completion. After the initial twelve months, services are available for purchase at a rate of $60 for six months (conditions below):

"Alumni" are defined as those individuals who have completed a degree or credential program at CSUDH, or a master's degree through CSUDH Extended Education.

All Alumni seeking services must first enroll in the Alumni Association. To sign up, visit 

To proceed with payment, please go to the Career Center store via ToroPay.

Learn more about the benefits and services for alumni offered by CSUDH Alumni Relations Office.

Outcomes Survey

Every year, CSUDH Career Center administers a first destination survey, which captures how new college graduates enter their careers within six months of graduation. The annual initiative provides precise, concise, and consistent data on the outcomes associated with a college education on a national scale.

Outcomes include:

1. Types of employment—full or part-time, contract, freelance, etc.
2. Additional education, e.g., accepted to graduate or professional school
3. Still seeking either employment or further education
4. Starting salary for those employed full time.

Also, by providing outcomes for individual classes, the outcomes survey is designed to provide trends data over time to inform CSUDH about education and career readiness.

Take the Survey

Lifelong Learning Points

Below are several areas of key skills and competencies you will need in order to grow and be successful in your career. These are all areas in which you can continue to learn and evolve, and should be considered a part of your lifelong learning:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.
  • Oral/Written Communications: Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.
  • Digital Technology: Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.
  • Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.
  • Career Management: Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency: Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals' differences.


Professionalism in Your New Career After College

As You Begin Your New Career

  • Be enthusiastic and positive!
  • Take the time to meet others and learn about the organization.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions! Listen and learn.

Make a Good Impression with Your Employer and Coworkers

  • Be polite and professional to everyone.
  • Minimize involvement in office gossip and politics.
  • Express your emotions appropriately. Always keep your cool.
  • Observe proper business etiquette and office protocol at all times including dress codes, dating policy, use of office materials, etc.
  • Have good attendance, and be punctual.

Focus on your Performance

  • If you have completed tasks, look or ask for more things to do.
  • Limit your personal business at the office.
  • Build upon your strengths, develop new skills, and complement your weaknesses.
  • Learn how to work with different people.
  • Develop a work plan with your supervisor. Set up a time to meet for regular evaluations.
  • Be willing to participate and try new projects, but don't overstep your authority.
  • Be receptive to feedback.

Build a Solid Reputation

  • Keep your promises and meet deadlines.
  • Take responsibility for your actions. If you make a mistake admit it, learn from it, and move on.
  • Develop a reputation for courtesy, loyalty, honesty, and fairness.
  • Show initiative - be willing to do more than is asked of you.
  • If you have developed these skills through previous work experience and internships, you will be prepared!

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