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How the CSU is Helping Alumni After Graduation

Dominique Oliver



​​With Graduation Initiative 2025 underway, the California State University is continuing its efforts of eliminating student achievement gaps during college and supporting student success after graduation, with alumni mentoring and career coaching technology. Here are examples of how CSUs are using innovative ways to provide career guidance for its students and graduates.

Cal State LA's Alumni Mentoring Program serves as a forum where students and alumni can receive firsthand insight and direction on goal setting, career choices, and networking opportunities. The program also provides alumni with an opportunity to act as career consultants, sharing valuable experiences and helping to shape a mentee's professional future. The goal is to establish a support system for its graduates and to foster effective and beneficial partnerships between students and alumni.

Fresno State Career Connections is an online tool connecting students one-on-one with alumni, parents and other members from the Fresno State community. Students receive expert advice on how to build a network, gain work-related experience while in college, and develop strategies on how to land a job after graduation. With career conversations, industry-specific resume critiques and mock interviews, students are able to make well educated and informed decisions about what major and career they decide to choose.  

San Jose State’s Alumni Association offers students workshops, networking events and unlimited 24/7 access to SpartaJobs and SJSU Spartan Staffing, a unique job-placement program matching alumni with employers recruiting SJSU talent. Students are encouraged to utilize SJSU’s official Alumni LinkedIn group and community resources to further advance their job search and career development.

The CSU is also keeping its promise of supporting student success with Graduation Initiative 2025 by implementing Portfolium , a social media platform that’s helping qualified and diligent applicants seek and gain meaningful employment.  Unlike traditional resumes, students can display projects, presentations, or anything they would like prospective employers to view. Portfolium, free of charge to all CSU students and alumni, has helped over 170,000 users get noticed and hired by companies like Sony, Warner Brothers Entertainment, and Facebook. 

The CSU is meeting California’s innovative, economic workforce demands by producing career-ready alumni and assisting students after graduation for years to come. Learn more​ on how the CSU is supporting student success with Graduation Initiative 2025.