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How to write the education section

There are several education scenarios possible:

  • No college
  • Currently enrolled in college
  • Some college
  • Completed college

No college

If you didn´t go to college, there are still a tremendous number of occupations available as long as you have a high school diploma/GED. Make sure to highlight your skills and work experience, which often times is just as or more valuable than a college degree.

Currently enrolled in college

If you are currently enrolled in college, there is a proper way to demonstrate that fact on your resume. You do not want to omit the fact that you are in college, nor do you want to jump the gun and say you´ve already obtained a degree. You also need to specify when you expect to graduate and with what degree.

Some college

It is estimated that 52% of Americans have completed some college, but did not complete the entire program. Many opt to join the workforce, switch careers, or simply change their mind regarding a post-secondary education. Don´t let partial completion of a college degree go to waste. The fact is you obtained valuable knowledge and experience during your time in coll,ege, regardless if you graduated with a degree or not.

Additional information to include

Whether you have completed a certification course, associates, bachelors, or masters degree, the process is the same. Specify the school/institution, location, degree/program, and month/year of completion.

What to include:

  • GPA only if over 3.0 (out of a 4.0 scale)
  • Scholarships
  • Membership in associations, clubs, fraternities/sororities, etc.
  • Awards or recognition
  • Significant student projects
  • Published papers

Relevant coursework (for students/entry level only)

If you are a student or recently joined the workforce and have less than 2 years of experience, it´s a good idea to mention relevant coursework, which are typically advanced courses taken that are applicable to your target job.

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