Should I include unfinished degrees on my resume even though I finished different degree?
I am worried leaving them out will create a gap in the timeline (worked part-time at grammar school). And it also feels like lying.

I intend to keep grammar school job on the resume because having only the freelance experience on the resume looks empty

This is a redacted skeleton version of my resume:


Software Developer at Freelance             2011 - present
IT administrator at Grammar school         ? - 2012
I worked X hours a week at the my school.


University B                                              2019 - present
Master's degree
Program Z
University B                                              2016 - 2019
Bachelor's degree
Program Z
University B                                              2013 - 2016
Bachelor's degree - unfinished
Program Y
University A                                              2012 - 2013
Bachelor's degree - unfinished
Program X
Grammar school                                       ? - 2012
I would appreciate any advice.


pucciot's picture


Unless the Degree is currently in Progress -- such as your Masters,

I would sugggest that you should mention only the year that the Bachelors degee was awarded - not the years that you attended the classes for the Degree that was awarded.

It will be assumed that all the years prior were working towards that degree.

Let the details come out in the interview if they ask.  And then you get to tell how and why.




University B - Masters Degree in ???   (in progress) 2019 - present

University B -  BS or BA in ?????  Awarded 2019



I see no reason to mention that it looks like you _failed to launch_ 2 times.

And For a Resume I don't think it is important to put your Grammar school.

You may need to put it on an application ... but not a Resume

* Unless you went to a Grammar School with a Top notch reputation.  Or a Magnet Program in your specialty.

I hope this helps


Good Luck