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Should I include the Master's Degree I am pursuing on my resume?

by Sheryl
(Minneapolis, MN)

I am applying for administrative positions (in various companies) because I have a lot of experience in administrative and because I want a job. However, I am pursuing a Master's Degree that would primarily be for medical device companies -- I'm not sure I even what area I want to pursue in the Master's Program, or if I even want to at all.

I am taking this program because I am giving it a shot... I was told by someone that I would be effective at this type of work. But having a Master's might help me get a position in a company that I might not get consideration for.

I always read that Bachelor's Degrees are good, but Master's Degrees are what will get someone to the next level. I can't get a job in any medical device company and I have been searching for over 15 months. I am currently unemployed. Therefore, is it a good idea to put that I am pursuing this program? Thanks for your advice.

Answer: Sheryl, whether you ultimately get the advanced degree and in what program, I still think there is value in listing any education you have gotten or are getting on a resume, even if it doesn't seem to be directly related to the job for which you're applying.

The thing is, pursuing additional training, skills or knowledge shows that you are motivated and dedicated to self growth, which are positive traits any employer would be happy to tap into. So, yes, I'd include it... and be prepared to discuss your long-range goals when you get the chance to interview.

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