Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Friday, May 16, 2014
Great question, and I actually hear this one quite a bit! I would always encourage educational dates and info to be listed, even if a degree was not attained. Under a section perhaps titled, “Education and Training,” you could mention both your college experience, as well as the Career Training program you are enrolled in currently. As two sections under the same title, you can then describe your focus of study and/or the skills attained for each one. I would start with the most recent info, which is the program you’re doing now. List its name, who is hosting or teaching this, and your dates of involvement (e.g. 1/2014 – present, or 1/2014 – 6/2014). Also list the most important topics or sessions you are covering during this training. Then below this, you can list your college, its location, your dates of previous enrollment, and relevant coursework completed (showing transferable work skills, e.g. business management or graphic arts design). Instead of stating that a degree was not completed, I would frame it more positively! State something like, “Completed coursework towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management,” for example. Let the interviewer or recruiter have a chance to talk to you first, to understand why the degree has not yet been earned.