From Campus to Career: Navigating the Pros and Cons of Including College Experience on Your Resume
As a working professional in your 20s, you may wonder whether to include college experiences on your resume as you gear up for your next job search. While there isn't a definitive yes or no answer, it's essential to consider each unique experience and how it relates to the position you're applying for.
Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to include college experiences on your resume:
Relevant coursework or projects demonstrate that you have a solid foundation in the field and may have developed specific skills or knowledge that apply to the position. However, if you're applying for a job that isn't directly related to your major, including this information may be less important. While it’s awesome that you conducted a competitive market analysis for three luxury brands and created a new marketing strategy for Chanel, this isn't relevant if you’re applying for financial analyst roles.
Extracurricular activities or leadership roles on campus are a great way to show your ability to work well with others, take on responsibilities and time management, and develop skills such as communication and organization. While these organizations may not relate directly to the positions you are applying for, they demonstrate critical soft skills employers seek.
Part-time jobs or internships highlight relevant skills or knowledge that make you a stronger candidate. If you can tie the skills you developed in these roles to the position you're applying for, it’s worth including them. Consider highlighting a final internship project or promotion at a part-time job showcasing increased responsibilities.
If you've been in the workforce for a few years and accumulated more relevant work experience, consider removing college experiences from your resume. However, if your college experiences demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge, it's worth including them.
With more time in the workforce, you should shorten or remove descriptions from your college internships. However, depending on the company and position, keeping the experience to take up only one line of your resume may be worth it. Typically after being in the workforce for five years, most of your resume should list post-college positions. Overall, depending on the type of experience and how it relates to the position you're applying for, you can increase your chances of landing your next job.