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Old 07-21-2013, 03:14 AM
 
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I am successful professional in reporting with a SQL certification, but I dropped out of college after only a year.

Do I have to list the college on the resume? How would it be formatted, since there was no graduation date?
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:51 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Just tell them you were too cewl for scewl. Alternatively, simply list the college you attended and the number of credits earned. Also list the high school you graduated from.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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You should just write "Attended XXX University" and leave it at that.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:43 AM
 
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List your certification and list other relevant coursework at the least. It is up to you whether you think it is advantageous to list your school and how close you have come to the degree. When they ask why you left you can always use a funding angle (needed to earn and not to spend), and also be prepared to answer the inevitable, are you going to finish question. It is not uncommon for programmers to not have completed school. Do a proper job of explaining your projects, and you'll garner interest.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:04 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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You should just write "Attended XXX University" and leave it at that.
Exactly what I used to do. I attended night classes at a university while working as a civil servant since they covered the cost of further education. I moved on before completing the courses but for several years thereafter listed it. As an employer, seeing college education listed even without graduation was a plus and, if relevant to the open position, I'd ask why the course was never completed and there's usually a valid and acceptable reason.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:24 AM
 
Location: NJ
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You should just write "Attended XXX University" and leave it at that.
Good advice.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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In a similar situation where I took courses but got no degree I put:

John Doe College, coursework in Information Technology, 2010-2011

It's very common to just take courses and not get, or even pursue, a degree.

Don't refer to yourself as a ''drop out'' as that sounds negative.

Instead describe your experience of coursework at the college level as an opportunity to sharpen your current professional skills if questioned at an interview.

See the difference in how you highlight it?

You can even say ''degree in progress'' if that fits.

Goal is to market yourself as dynamic and open to further education and professional development.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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I graduated college in 2008 and education is down at the bottom of my resume because it's not really important. If you're a working professional, especially one who has been out for ten years or more, you have qualifications that are much more relevant. I have my certifications and licenses, subjective area of expertise stuff, who I've worked for, then education, and then community stuff. Basically, I think of its of slightly more importance than my participating in the church bake sale three years ago but not very much more.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:27 AM
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Location: Ohio
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If the coursework you took contributed to your certification, position it that way. The education prepared you for the certification, rather than leading to a degree.
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