UMass Amherst graduates (alumni) have a 3-6 month grace period following their graduation, depending on their major, during which they may use all of Career Services’ resources – speak with a career advisor, take advantage of our Walk-In hours to work with a staff member, open a credentials file, maintain an account on Handshake, attend workshops and career fairs, and participate in on-campus interviewing.
After that 3 or 6 month grace period (depending on major), UMass Amherst alumni should contact the UMass Alumni Association for additional career guidance.
UMass Amherst alumni will automatically be given account access in Handshake for their first two years after graduation (logging in with their SPIRE NetID and SPIRE password), and alumni who graduated more than two years ago are welcome to open an account on Handshake where they can access job listings and find out about upcoming career fairs. Sign up for an Account button on the left side of the login page here.
Alumni may also attend our workshops, utilize our Credentials Service for five years after graduation, and may use our computer lab to access the Internet and print out resumes for their job hunt. After the initial 3-6 months, alumni can access additional tools maintained by the UMass Alumni Association, including:
The UMass Amherst Alumni Advisor Network
through which you can receive free career services from UMass Amherst alumni in various fields
Referrals to Professional Career Counselors via the Alumni Association