Students and Alumni

The Career Development Center provides support to groups and individuals so that they can make informed career choices and transitions, including helping to increase self-knowledge, find career information, make decisions about a career, and/or conduct a job search. 

Our services are organized below as three basic steps in the career planning process. You can either start at the beginning and go through them in order or go directly to the step you want to learn more about.

Students who are fully matriculated and currently enrolled at Cal State LA and Cal State LA alumni are eligible to use all career center services on a space-available basis with priority given to students.  Documentation of status will be requested at the time of service.


Once you know more about yourself you can identify new career titles, industries and occupational areas that fit with your strengths and skills and offer tasks that you find interesting.

  • Search Career Titles and Industries
    • O*NET OnLine helps you find out which jobs fit with your interests, skills and experience, research what it takes to get your dream job and know what it takes to be successful in your field and in related occupations.  You can search national occupational data by career clusters (occupations in the same field of work that require similar skills), job family (jobs that involve similar work and require similar training, skills and knowledge), job zone (occupations by the level of education, experience and training needed to perform the job), industry, green economy sector and bright outlook (occupations expected to grow rapidly).  You can also search by abilities (cognitive, psychomotor, physical and sensory), interests, knowledge, skills, work activities, work context, work styles, work values, detailed work activity (occupations that perform similar work to your current job) technology tools, STEM (occupations that require education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and crosswalks including Military Occupational Classification and Classification of Instructional Program (academic disciplines).
    • The California Occupational Guides help you search occupational data in California by topic including top-paying jobs, jobs with the most openings, fastest-growing occupations, jobs that match your interests, jobs by education needed, green occupations and occupations by job family.  Consider the job description, job outlook and wages, qualification requirements, benefits, licensing and education, training, links to possible employers, how to find a job, related occupations and links to additional resources.
    • What can I do with this major? matches common academic majors to careers and provides information on typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.

    • Employers by Major maps common academic majors to companies and industries in California that employ graduates of those majors.  (Registration required)
  • Hear from Industry Professionals
    • Candid Career offers videos of real people speaking from the heart about their career experiences.  You can explore by industries, career titles, college majors, companies and more.
    • Employer Events - Employers regularly present about opportunities, what it is like to work at their organization, their mission and values and how to develop competitive application materials.  Information sessions and career fairs are listed on Cal State LA Handshake.  (requires student registration in Handshake)

    • Career Workshops on Professional Networking - Networking with alumni and professionals in your desired career path can help you to learn about their role and organization and how they got there.  Workshops are listed on Cal State LA Handshake.  (requires student registration in Handshake)
    • Career Guides on Professional Networking - Career advisors provide career development guides to help you set up online networking profiles, including LinkedIn and Handshake, and develop effective networking strategies.
  • Get Experience
    • Internships - The best way to learn about a job and industry is to do an internship. It also looks great on your résumé and makes you much more employable.  Some internships are available as early as the summer of your first year.  Application deadlines for summer internships are typically between December and March so be sure to plan your search in advance.  Internships are posted on Cal State LA Handshake (requires student registration in Handshake)
    • Student Employment - Cal State LA employs more than 1,800 students under the Student Employment Program and offers positions within various career fields.  Working in an on-campus student assistant position that aligns with your career interests can help you learn about the job and gain relevant experience.  Student assistant positions are posted on Cal State LA Handshake (requires student registration in Handshake)

    • Job Shadowing involves following a professional as they work to observe their typical duties and get a better idea of what it takes to build a career in that role and organization.

    • Volunteer in Your Field - Employers value volunteer experiences particularly if they are related to your career goals.  The Center for Engagement, Service and the Public Good provides a list of partnered organizations.
    • Student Organizations - You can use and enhance the skills you've learned in class by participating in student organizations.  You will learn how to work with a team and engage with diverse groups of people, gain leadership skills, develop your qualities and essential career readiness skills, get networking opportunities and learn more about yourself.  The Center for Student Involvement provides a list of active student organizations.