I've been working as a software engineer at a government organization for ten years since graduation. Now I am looking for a new job and i need to work on my resume. There is one minor detail i am not sure about. I am a computer science graduate from a reputable university in my country (Turkey). Between 2007 and 2009 i attended a master's program and completed courses with 3,56/4 GPA. The courses i completed were strongly related with my career and work. Unfortunately i couldn't continue to thesis phase because of my work load. My question is whether i should include this information in my resume or not. Would i look like a quitter or someone with valuable knowledge about his field? Thank you.
My question is whether i should include this information in my resume or not. Would i look like a quitter or someone with valuable knowledge about his field?
I would include it.
Lots of people include "additional coursework" on their resume. As long as you don't claim to have attained the Master's degree, and as long as the courses are relevant, it shouldn't be too much of a worry.
That said, be prepared with a good answer in case you are asked "Why didn't you complete your degree?" during an interview.
I think that including that is valuable information. It indicates additional course work and furthering of your knowledge base. In software development, what you know is far more important than degrees and certificates that you've completed. Including it on your resume also provides the interviewer an opportunity to ask about it in the interview, which will likely lead to discussion of your course work.
I think it helps to list it.
The approach I'd use, if I wanted to include the classes I took while I was considering whether or not it was worth getting the MS, would be:
"Post-graduate studies: Additional classes in ..., ..., and ... (grade of A in each)"
Put the positive focus in the resume -- you like learning and you have additional skills -- rather than talking about what you didn't do (for whatever reasons). They may ask why you didn't continue to the degree -- but at that point they're already interested in you, and you'll have time to actually discuss it, so it's a better place and time for that discussion.
(I sorta regret not having gotten further degrees -- I would have loved to stay in academia -- but the way my career has gone, it was never clear exactly which additional skills were going to be of value to me, so I kept putting it off.)