How to put an unfinished degree on a CV

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How to put an unfinished degree on a CV
A good CV will get you an interview. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A solid CV that highlights your skills is necessary when job competition is fierce. A CV is a representation of who you are. There are many things that need to be addressed in a CV. Education should be included, even an unfinished degree, if it pertains to the job for which you are applying. If you want to showcase your education, there are a few things you can do to make your unfinished degree work in your favour.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    List your work experience on your CV before your education. This is a great way to show off your experience first so that your unfinished degree will supplement your work skills and accomplishments.

  2. 2

    Include any honours that you have received on your CV. This can also include any awards or special acknowledgements.

  3. 3

    List your grades for each subject of your degree for each year you completed.

  4. 4

    Average out your subject grades to get an overall mark for the last year you completed. Put the title of degree ahead of your yearly scores and put the per cent next to this.

  5. 5

    Document your graduation date if you are not that close to receiving a degree. You can also include what degree you are studying to earn and simply describe your work toward the degree as being "in progress."

  6. 6

    Relate your education to the job you are applying for. List relevant courses that you have taken to show you have knowledge of the job.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have more education than work experience, list your education first on your CV.

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