Frequently Asked Questions

Available Services

Is the Career Center open during the COVID-19 pandemic?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the USC Career Center is fully operational and offers virtual events, recent graduate appointments, services, and support.

What services are available to alumni?
Whether you are a recent graduate, mid-level professional, or a retiree, we have resources to meet your career needs. We provide online job search resources, career events focused on the latest trends in job search and career management, networking events, and access to exclusive job listings though connectSC (our official job listing platform).

How do we define a recent graduate?
We define a recent graduate as a USC graduate within their first three years after graduation. If you graduated in the last three years, you are considered a recent graduate.

What are the career advising services available for recent graduates?
Recent graduates have access to all services we offer students, except On-Campus Recruiting (OCR). If you are a recent graduate, in addition to a wealth of resources, in-person and online events, you may also schedule up to four 50-minute telephone or virtual advising appointments per calendar year. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at (213) 740-9111.

I graduated in the last four years or more. What are the career advising services available for me?
The USC Career Center and Alumni Association makes available discounted fee-based phone and virtual career advising services on a variety of career management topics for USC alumni worldwide. Alumni receive a complimentary 15-minute initial exploratory consultation with each provider. View a listing of professional career advisors. Career advising is a personal service, and everyone’s needs are different. The USC Career Center and Alumni Association make no representation of the nature of the services they will provide.

Does the Career Center offers psychological counseling, therapy, or recommend practitioners?
We do not provide psychological counseling, therapy, or referrals to counseling centers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, or other individual care providers.

Do you provide information on changing industries or careers?
Career management is a fluid process, and we understand that you may change jobs or careers many times. Each year, we offer events to serve alumni who are changing jobs and industries. Register for the Trojan Network to network with other alumni who may be employed in the industry or position you are interested in pursuing and start making connections today.

Are there other career services on campus I can use as a resource?
Several USC professional schools have career services that offer resources and host events dedicated to their respective alumni. Find more about career services and the assistance of USC academic schools.

How can I contact the USC Career Center?
(213) 740-9111 or careers@usc.edu

Where is your office located?
3601 Trousdale Parkway, Student Union 110, Los Angeles, CA 90089-4897

When is the USC Career Center open?
We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Are there career resources I can utilize anytime and anywhere?
Most of our resources
 are available online 24/7 from anywhere in the world.

Events, Webinars, and Multimedia

How can I find out more about alumni career events, and how do I register?
We offer alumni a wide range of local, regional, and international in-person and online events for alumni throughout the year that feature speakers who are leaders in their fields. Some activities are geared to specific alumni populations, while others may be more general and focus on the latest career trends. To learn more about the many career events offered to alumni and to register, please visit our events page.

May I attend the Fall and Spring Career Fairs for students? Do I need to register?
We host Fall and Spring Career Fairs for students. Typically, 150-200 employers attend each career fair. Recent graduates (up to three years out) are welcome to participate in the fair and must register by following the same registration instructions provided to students.

How does the USC Career Center support alumni who live outside of Southern California?
We partner with the USC Alumni Association and host online and regional career events in collaboration with local USC alumni clubs. We are available to consult with alumni club leaders in planning career events in their area. We also offer international virtual events on various career management topics.

May I bring my spouse, friend, or partner to a USC alumni career event?
Yes, alumni are welcome to invite their spouses, partners, friends, and adult children to our online alumni career events.

Recruit Trojans and Post Jobs

My organization would like to post an internship or a full-time position for students and alumni. How can I do that?
We encourage you to post positions for USC students and alumni on connectSC, our exclusive job listing platform. Alumni and employers interested in hiring a Trojan may post positions for free on connectSC. If you already have alumni account in connectSC, you will have to create a separate employer account to post jobs.

My organization would like to participate in the On-Campus Recruiting Program (OCR) for students. Who should I contact, and is there a fee?
Contact Erika Rodriguez. Interview rooms are provided complimentary to employers conducting on-campus interviews, and we highly encourage employers to host virtual interviews as well.

Get Involved

Are there opportunities to volunteer at the USC Career Center?
There are many ways that Trojans can help other Trojans. The USC Career Center encourages alumni to share their expertise and experience with USC students and alumni. Learn more.