How should I include in my CV that I deferred from university for in the middle of my undergraduate degree to work-full time?
Should I leave a gap in my education years? Or should I just say the start and end date of my degree.
I feel having 8 months work as a full time software developer, while not a huge amount of experience is important to mention, as I think it is a distinguishing factor of me compared to others in otherwise similar positions (multiple undergraduate degrees, and hopefully a PhD soon). Since it shows that I do have experience coding outside of the "Ivory Tower", on real projects.
The advantage of explicitly leaving a gap in my education start and end dates. e.g. Feb 2009-June 2011, Feb 2012-Nov 2014, is that it makes it clear this was a full-time work, not just me doing a little on the side.
The disadvantage is that it looks really cluttered, if I didn't do that I would be able to just write 2009--2014.
Technically speaking the work was not employment it was a "Workplace Learning Integrated Scholarship". But for all intents and purposes it was a full time junior developer position with the pay and responsibilities to match. Theoretically it could have been credited towards my degree, but because of a SNAFU it never was. I'm not sure if that is worth mentioning or not either; but that is not what this question is about.