Should You List Your College Experience if You Didn’t Earn a Degree? Yes!
Some of the most creative, innovative and outstanding talents I’ve ever had the pleasure of writing for did not receive their college degree though they did attend (or are currently attending) college. Despite their many career accomplishments, they often regard their lack of a degree as a fault and therefore omit the education section from their resume altogether.
However, it is perfectly okay to list whatever education was attained. If you attended college or professional development classes at all, give yourself credit for the time you spent there and the knowledge you gained. There is absolutely no shame in that—particularly if you were successful in applying that knowledge and have the capacity to demonstrate to hiring managers that your experience trumps a fancy piece of paper. What you are able to do with whatever tools you possess is every bit as valuable.
For example, if you pursued a degree in Criminal Justice but did not get it, please put “Criminal Justice Studies” on your resume and list the school you attended.
If you’re continuing your degree and you have not yet finished, put your anticipated graduation date (for example: Master of Business Administration, Anticipated 2023) and claim that victory on your resume too!
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