/ Asked by Ridha
I need to take a semester off due to financial problems. As a result, I am leaving my degree unfinished and I plan to attend another college the following semester. My question is, how do I phrase this break on my resume and will this lessen my chances of getting an internship, for I would like to do something productive during my semester off?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, January 7, 2015
There is nothing wrong with taking a semester off school for financial reasons. I believe most employers will understand and it will still look good that you went back to school the following semester. When listing the gap on your resume, you’ll want to list your dates of attendance for your current school (month and year) and then add your new school and expected graduation date once you have started back to school. I don’t believe there is a reason to call out the lapse in time on your resume; you can explain this to a recruiter during the interview process if they question it. I would encourage you to begin looking for an internship now while you are still in school. You would want to be sure to explain to a recruiter that you do plan to take a semester off but this could be used to their advantage because you will have more availability for an internship. If an internship isn’t attainable, I would encourage you to find a full-time job during your time off. If you can find a job in a related field, that would be ideal. However, any job will show your work ethic and can be put on your resume. I would also recommend you get involved with trade organizations or other available groups within your degree field to stay connected during your semester off.
Answered by Heather, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, January 8, 2015
Companies understand that there are reasons students may need to take a break. This shouldn’t hold you back from getting an internship. Keep your dates (by year) of attendance at each college on your resume. I wouldn’t state your reason(s) why on your resume. The appropriate time to explain your reason(s) would be during a phone interview with the Recruiter.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 9, 2015
It is perfectly acceptable to take a semester off for personal or financial reasons.  Companies are well aware of the cost of  obtaining an advanced degree.  In fact, I would not see the need to note this on your resume, unless you are pursuing a job during the semester you are taking off.  Once you graduate, simply note the month and year that you received your degree and if the question happens to come about the length of time it took you to obtain your degree, then be honest and up front and explain your need to take a semester off for financial reasons.  Most importantly, stay focused on your degree and when you are financially able to get back to school, work as hard as you can to obtain your degree and a strong GPA.
Answered by Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Monday, January 19, 2015
You would want to list your education on your resume as you normally would, indicating both universities and the dates in which you attended them. During your time off from your studies, if you will be working, volunteering or pursuing other opportunities where you will be applying your skills and/or gaining new ones, be sure to list it on your resume along with dates. This way, as recruiters review your resume, they will see a complete picture of your experience. This will not hurt your chances for an internship, especially if you are able to make good use of the semester doing something that will allow you to gain marketable skills! - Betsy, Accenture campus recruiter
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