Education and Academic Training on a Resume


For many applicants, the academic training section is the easiest part to write in their curriculum vitae. They only list the name of their alma mater, title and graduation date. Simple.

Although not always so simple. For example, what do you write if you changed schools three times before completing your bachelor's degree? How do you list your university academic training if you are still finishing your thesis? What if you left your Master in Business Administration?

How to Write the Academic Training Section on a Resume

Here are the common guidelines to follow when listing academic training in a curriculum vitae:

1- It always includes the following information: the degree you received, your specialty, the name of your school, your location, and the year of your graduation.
2- Start with your highest educational level.
3- List all other grades in reverse chronological order.
4- Delete high school information if you already graduated from college.
5- Remove the date of your graduation if more than five years have passed.

Of course, these guidelines don't apply to all situations. I will discuss all of them in more detail in later sections:

Placing your education on a resume

Where to place education and academic training on your resume? Let's see different cases below:

If you are in Secondary

List your training in the first third of your resume, just below your summary of skills. Let your academic training be the most important thing up to this point, even if you already have a little experience.

If you are at the University or just graduated

At this stage, you probably have more credentials related to your objective position as a student, than as a working professional.

So if you have not had a job, project or volunteer work related to the position for which you apply, place the academic training before your work experience in your curriculum.

You could argue that it's better to list part-time jobs first. You might think that these work elements show that you are active and at least know what it's like to work for a living.

Maybe some hiring managers might consider the fact.

But what if they don't read your previous posts as "Waitress," "Cashier," or "Barista" ? All qualifications and achievements you list under the position will be ignored as well. Even if those skills are related to the job you want.

For now, list the academic background before your work experience. Just consider it your first step to convince employers that you have the qualifications they need.

If You Are Already a Working Professional

At this stage, employers pay less attention to the Average Notes and research work of experienced applicants than with recent graduates. Therefore, the academic training of an experienced professional is listed after his work history or at the end of his resume, just after the skills section.

How to Format Academic Formation in a Curriculum Vitae (With Examples)

1. Secondary

Below are different examples of academic training in a curriculum vitae, depending on where you are in your secondary education.

Examples for Secondary

If high school is your highest educational level, you should list it like this:

"Western High School, Baltimore, MD
Graduated in 2008 "

But if you're still in school, just change the second line so it looks like this:

"Western High School, Baltimore, MD
Contemplating graduating in 2018 "

If you did not finish high school:

List your school name and location, followed by the years you attended.

"Edmonson-Westside High School, Baltimore, MD
I attended school from 2006 to 2009 "

If you completed a GED (General Education Development Test)

Some people who did not finish high school instead took a General Education Development Test (GED).

If this is your case, list the institution where you took the GED test followed by your high school information.

"GED High School Equivalent Diploma"
Richland One Adult Education Center, 2012
Spring Valley High School, Columbia, SC
I attended from 2008 - 2010

Trades School

If you studied a trade after high school, you can list it above your high school academic education while it's related to your target position.

Here is an example:

"Dorsey School, Madison Heights, MI
Air Conditioning Technician, 2008
Portage Central High School, Portage, MI
Graduated in 2005 "

2. University Degree

Below are different ways to list university academic training in your curriculum vitae.

University graduate

"Electronics Engineer, 2010
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA "

You can also write the full grade type instead of abbreviating it:

"Bachelor of Arts in English, 2012
UCLA Los Angeles, CA "

Still in school

If you are still in school, just write "currently" next to the course you are taking.

"Bachelor of Mathematics in Progress
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA "

You can also write "Contemplated on" followed by the estimated date of your graduation.

"Bachelor of Economics, contemplated for 2015
New York University "

Title Not Concluded

Not everyone who attends college finishes it, for whatever reason. There is no reason to be ashamed of it, so don't allow your academic training to be wasted by excluding it in your curriculum.

List the name of your school, followed by the start and end dates, so it's clear that you are no longer there. Then write how many credits you earned towards your chosen title. Place your secondary academic training under it.

"Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2008-2009: 32 Credits Completed towards the Bachelor of Education "
JP Stevens High School, 2007
Edison, New Jersey "

3. Postgraduate Studies

A postgraduate degree in your field will increase your credibility as an applicant. That is why it should be listed above your university degree

The example below is impressive for a candidate in the IT sector.

"Master in Computational Sciences, 2017
Bachelor of Computer Science
Michigan State University, 2010 "

You can still list an advanced degree not related to your line of work, but it might be better to list it under your university degree if it's not related to your current activity.

For example, if you work in the IT sector, a master's degree in political science is not relevant except perhaps for the skills you learn while conducting research for your thesis. To make it worthwhile to include this information in your resume, select any research work that may be applicable to your job.

"Bachelor of Computer Science,
Michigan State University, 2010 "
Master in Political Science, 2016
Research Work: Models and Methods, Safety Studies "

This advice is not applicable to everyone, it depends on your career plan. For example, a master's degree in business administration is applicable to many jobs with administrative activities.

Incomplete Postgraduate Studies

The strategy here is similar to that used in university degrees. List the completion date in advance, if you still have a lot of research work to do before you get the graduate.

"Master of Economic Sciences, to be completed in 2016
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA "

But if you finished everything except the dissertation, you can write " everything but the dissertation ," which is sometimes abbreviated as " ABD " under your graduate program. Although you are warned, there are contrasting opinions on this.

"Master in Biology
Everything but the dissertation (ABD), 2014 "
New York City College "

Your university degree should always be listed below your postgraduate studies.

Postgraduate Studies Discontinued

You can still list a master's or doctoral degree in your curriculum vitae, even if you didn't finish it or ended up leaving the program altogether.

To avoid confusion, you can list this in a separate section called " Research Work " or " Professional Development " instead of listing it along with the other credentials of your education.

Write the number of units completed in the subject, the name of the institution, and the dates you attended.

"15 credits in Applied Mathematics
University of Maryland, 2008-2009 "

This example shows how you could list a Master in Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computing, if you only did part of the work (ie Applied Mathematics)

You can also list it in this format, so it's all in one line and minimizes the low number of units completed and the degree incomplete.

"Postgraduate research work in Applied Mathematics, University of Maryland, USA, 2008-2009"

4. Certifications

Some candidates may not have the formal education required for employment. But they compensate through certifications, courses, seminars, and training events. Professional training and current training can be listed in the academic training section of a curriculum vitae, or under a separate section for " Professional Development ".

Format to follow:

"Training Name, Training Provider or Certification Entity, Date of Obtaining, Place"

Here is an example:

"Oracle SBC Problem Resolution Certification, Pearson Vue Testing Center, 2015, Hong Kong"

Including training place is optional, except for licenses and certifications specific to the state.

If you have not completed the training, you can list it as "Currently" or write the estimated completion date.

"SBC Implementation by Oracle, Toronto, (To be completed in September 2017)"

Good Luck!

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