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We know that the benefit of career guidance doesn't stop when you walk across the stage. Alumni life brings many twists and turns, including the continued question of what, how, and where to invest your life's work.

No matter how far out you are from graduation, rest assured that we can connect you with support services to take steps forward in your career. Use this page to explore the alumni services we provide at Career Services. If you are seeking additional information about alumni services at UCSB, please visit the UCSB Alumni department.

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How We Can Serve You


Our services are available to alumni of UCSB and the UC system based on status. Use the definitions below to find services available for you.

Includes: Alumni of UCSB within one year from when you were last enrolled in classes at UCSB (not graduation day).


Includes: Alumni of UCSB outside one year from when you were last enrolled in classes at UCSB (not graduation day).


Includes: Non-UCSB alumni who have graduated from the UC system or UCSB Extension, including current UCSB Post-Doc Scholars.


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How to Access and Login to Handshake


We invite alumni to join Handshake, UCSB’s premier platform to find jobs, internships, and career connections.

Follow the below instructions to use Handshake based on your alumni status. Please DO NOT request a Handshake account using the "Request an Account" feature on the Handshake platform; we cannot verify this information, which will lead to a rejected account request.



UCSB Alumni Within Grace Period: You can access UCSB Handshake with your Umail account by resetting your Handshake password, as Single Sign-On is not available once you leave UCSB. Your Umail account is available for 13 months after your last quarter of registration at UCSB.

UCSB Alumni Outside of Grace Period: If you already have a UCSB Handshake account, click here to update your Handshake email address from Umail to your personal email. If you never had a Handshake account, click here to request a Handshake alumni account.

UCSB Post-Docs: If you are a postdoc at UCSB, you are eligible for a UCSB Handshake account while you are participating in your research position. You must have a UCSB email address to request an account. The UCSB email will also get you access to UCSB accounts in VMock and Versatile PhD.


Once you have access to Handshake, click this button to login and select the option for 
"You can also sign in with your email address".


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screenshot of alumni login page for handshake

graduation cap icon for connect with alumni   Want to Connect With Alumni?


Gaucho Network, brought to you by the UCSB Alumni department, is a powerful tool for professional networking, mentorship, and jobs for UCSB alumni and current students.

Learn how to create a free account with your LinkedIn profile and begin connecting today!


Go to Gaucho Network

Handshaking hire icon  Looking to Hire a Gaucho?

Gaucho alumni are the number one resource for currently enrolled UCSB students. Now, more than ever, it is vital for students to build relationships with other Gauchos.

In this spirit, UCSB Career Services invites alumni to join us in Gauchos Hiring Gauchos, an initiative that makes it easier to support one another.


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Contact Us


Building Hours

M–F 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Call for hours during university breaks
Closed during official university holidays
See Students page for service-specific hours

Phone and Email

(805) 893-4412
Students: careerhelp@sa.ucsb.edu
Recruiters: employer.services@sa.ucsb.edu
Events: careerevents@sa.ucsb.edu

Mailing Address

Career Services, Bldg. 599
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California 93106-7140



Career Services is located in Building 599, the pink building next to Storke Tower

Directions and Parking

See Visit UCSB and Campus Maps; convenient parking in Lot 22 (permit required)

Meet the Team

Get to know Our Team of staff members at Career Services


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