Eligibility Policy

Who is eligible for Career Center services? How do I get access?

Currently registered UC Berkeley Students

(Excludes students in MBA, Optometry, Law, UC Extension only and UC Summer Session only)

Log into Handshake using your CalNet Credentials

If your CalNet Login does not work, please email cclogin@berkeley.edu with your full name and SID#.

UC Berkeley alumni (within 5 years of graduation) who are eligible for Alumni Services


Note: Counseling services are limited to Cal Alumni who are within one year of their graduation date.

If your CalNet is no longer active: 

  1. Navigate to the Handshake login page
  2. Click on the link that reads "You can also sign in with your email address" that appears below the blue box with the CalNet login link
  3. If you have not yet established a “Handshake” password (or have forgotten it), click on the “Forgot your Password?” link

If your Handshake account has been archived, please complete the Alumni Services Request Form and submit online.

Current student who is not enrolled, scheduled to graduate or re-enrolling next academic semester.


Review the information about our Degree Verification/Filing Fee Option, and if you believe you meet the criteria, complete the online registration process.
Graduate Students on Filing Fee

If you are on Filing Fee, you’re eligible for all Career Center services offered to Graduate/PhD Students for the length of the semester for which your Filing Fee has been approved. Review the information about our  Degree Verification/Filing Fee Option and complete the online registration process.


Postdocs & Visiting Student Researchers

Postdocs and Visiting Student Researchers registered with the campus VSPA Program are eligible for all Career Center services. To gain access to services via Handshake, you must first have a xxx@berkeley.edu email that has been uploaded to your Gateway record.


Students studying abroad on a non-UC Study Abroad Program

If you are studying abroad this semester, have filed a Planned Leave of Absence form and are unable to access Career Center Services with your CalNet login, you can still access Career Center services by utilizing our Degree Verification/Filing Fee registration process. Complete the steps below:

1. Go to the Degree Verification/Filing Fee Option page, select Registration. On following page, select “Yes,” and press the “Continue” button.
2. Complete and submit the online form. For the section asking for your department/college advisor Information (shaded part at the bottom), enter:

Full Name: Barbara Tassielli
Department/College: Study Abroad
Email: tass@berkeley.edu
Phone: 642-1356

3. Once the Career Center has received confirmation from Study Abroad, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access Handshake. This process typically takes 2 business days so be sure to plan ahead.


See also, Frequently Asked Questions.