Frequently Asked Questions

Available Services

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, alumni-only career fairs, 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 for the Trojan Family).

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

I graduated in the last three years. What career advising services are available for me?
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 individual advising appointments per calendar year. These appointments are provided by members of our advising team. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at (213) 740-9111.

I graduated in the last four years or more. What career advising services are available for me?
The USC Career Center and Alumni Association make 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. For a listing of professional career advisors, please click here.  Career advising is a very personal service and everyone’s needs are different. The USC Career Center and Alumni Association make no representation as to the nature of the services they will provide to you.

Does the Career Center offer psychological counseling, therapy, or recommend practitioners in the surrounding area?
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 USC Trojans may change jobs or careers many times. Each year, we offer events to serve alumni who are changing jobs and industries. In addition, please register for the Career Network to network with other alumni who may be employed in the industry or job you are interested in pursuing and start making connections today.

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

How can I contact the USC Career Center? Where is your office located?

Please call (213) 740-9111 to contact us. We are located at 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 am – 5:00 pm. However, 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 alumni in-person and online events that are hosted throughout the academic year and feature speakers who are leaders in their fields. Some events 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.

Does the Career Center offer a career fair just for alumni?
We host an annual spring Recent Alumni and Students Career Fair. Typically, there are over 1,000 alumni that attend the fair with 100 employer representatives. Alumni are welcome to attend and must register for this exclusive recruiting event.

May I attend the fall and spring student career fairs? Do I need to register?
We host a fall and a spring career fair for students. Typically, there are 150-200 employers that attend the fair. Recent graduates are welcome to attend the fair and do not need to register.

Are alumni career events open to all alumni?
Yes! All alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend events.

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 Webinars, live stream and Facebook Live events on critical career management topics.

May I bring my spouse, friend or partner to a USC alumni career event?

Yes, alumni are welcome to bring their spouses, partners, friends, and adult children to alumni career events.

Recruit Trojans and Post Jobs

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

My organization would like to participate in On-Campus Recruiting for students. Who should I contact and is there a fee?
You may contact Erika Rodriguez, Associate Director, Employer Relations and Administration at (213) 740-9647. Interview rooms are provided complimentary to employers conducting on-campus interviews.

My organization would like to recruit at the annual spring Recent Alumni and Students Career Fair. Who should I contact?
You may contact Dakota Serafin, Career Center Career Advisor, to learn more at (213) 740-6943.

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 your expertise and experience with USC students and alumni. Click here to learn more.