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I'm starting to take some major-specific classes and I was wondering if I could put them under relevant coursework on my resume even though I haven't completed them yet. Can I just put currently enrolled in parenthesis next to it or something?

Thanks.

Current Relevant Coursework on Resume

Generally speaking, there is no problem with putting current coursework on your resume. In the end it means very little but can raise the bar for your technical questions somewhat. If you are very comfortable talking about all the relevant coursework on your resume there is no issue. That being said, unless your major is non-finance related - relevant coursework does not really impact your application. Our users shared their thoughts below.

@farmerbob shared how best to list ongoing course work:

I've seen it where people have put the date of the class next to it to show that it is being taken or about to be taken. For example under relevant coursework it will say, "Securities Analysis (S'12)" To designate that the class will be taken in the spring semester, same with F for fall or something else along those lines.

User @nycIBD explained that it is fine to list as long as you're prepared for harder technicals.

Throw it on there but know that it raises the standard for your technicals. If you're comfortable with that - there is benefit.

@rothyman shared that it is not wise to put any relevant course work on your resume:

A little warning here... I always used to put relevant coursework on my resume up until about a month ago. It was all good until a hard-nosed interviewer really drilled me with questions about a few of my advanced classes (international finance & international banking).

I think it's pointless to put relevant coursework on your resume and just opens you up to scrutiny. IMO, I would leave it off and just list your major. No one is going to give you a job because of your relevant coursework. Then again, they could easily drop you if you come across as clueless/lying about your coursework.

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I know many successful professionals who don't have college degrees. So it didn't surprise me to get an email from a job seeker with the question about how to write her resume with no college degree. In her case she has lots of college coursework and wanted to know how to present that.

Here's the "no degree" question:
I have over 120 college credits (3.5 years) and no degree. During my career I have always been hired based on my experience. I want to update my resume, however, I'm not sure how to reflect my college education accurately. The last time I needed to update my resume, six years ago, I was instructed to list the dates I attended college. Is this right? Due to space, listing my coursework is not an option. It's important to me that this is represented correctly.

A Resume With No College Degree on It

No matter what your job objective, having college education -- even if you didn't earn a degree -- is valuable. Now let's figure out how you should state it on your resume. Here are some possibilities:

If you're still pursuing your degree, you know your major, you're currently enrolled in the college that will grant you the degree, and you anticipate finishing your degree program within a year, present it like this:

Business Management, BA anticipated 20xx
Austin College, City, State

Note: Even if you went to several colleges prior to your current one, you don't need to list the other schools. You only need to list the school that will grant you the degree.

Listing College Coursework

You may not be planning to get your college degree but still want to show that you're college educated. I agree, that's a good idea. Here are some ways to do that:

If the courses you took over the years were within a major, were all taken at the same school, but you don't intend to complete your degree program within the next two or three years, present it like this, without any dates:

Business Management coursework
Austin College, City, State

If the courses you took were not directed toward a particular major, were all taken at the same school, and you don't intend to complete your degree in the near future, present it like this, without any dates:

Austin College, City, State
Relevant coursework in: Accounting, Business Management, Human Resources

If the courses you took were at various schools over the years, and you don't know when or if you'll complete your degree, present it like this, without any dates:

Relevant Coursework:
Austin College, City, State
list only courses that are relevant to your job objective

Lyndon College, City, State
list only courses that are relevant to your job objective

Billings College, City, State
list only courses that are relevant to your job objective

Note: You don't have to list all the colleges you attended. Mention only the colleges where you took relevant classes.

If you took lots of courses at lots of schools over the years and none of the courses are relevant to your job objective (although I would find that hard to believe but I guess it's possible), list it like this:

College coursework included:
Austin College, City, State
list a few courses that might trigger interesting conversation at the interview, or show that you're a person with curiosity.

Lyndon College, City, State
list a few interesting courses

Billings College, City, State
list a few interesting courses

Note: In this case, be sure not to overwhelm the employer with too many schools or too many subjects that aren't relevant to your job objective. Too much variety might make you look scattered.

I hope one of these scenarios fits your situation. If not, leave a comment and I'll try again. Good luck!