For the last 2 years I have been working as developer. Coming September, I'm going back to school for ~4 years. I will be studying and working as a part-time developer. After I'm graduated, can I put a total of 6 years of professional experience as a developer on my resume?
After I'm graduated, can I put a total of 6 years of professional experience as a developer on my resume?
When people think 6 years experience they think 6 years of full time experience. I would not advertise myself as having 6 years of development experience when most of that time has been with a part-time job while also being a student. 6 years for a developer can turn into Senior-level roles which you probably aren't ready for.
I would avoid listing the amount of years of experience on your resume and instead list out the jobs on your resume and for the part time job put either that it was part time or put how many hours per week you spent at that job to avoid confusion. It can be difficult to try and quantify how many "years" of experience you have when part time jobs are included. Avoid the calculation yourself and let the companies decide how valuable your experience is
(In the US, at least) a resume usually has a section where you list each job you've had, when you had it, etc. You should list your part-time work on that resume, but you should make it clear that it was part time. If it was for 20 hours a week or more, I'd be explicit about how many hours you worked a week, as that represents a lot more experience than someone who worked just a few hours a week.
I would not describe yourself as a developer with 6 years experience, as that would be misrepresenting the truth.
Can I put on resume experience I got while I was in school?
No. Usually the work experience is considered based on a full-time position. So without any mention of the part-time work, simply adding up that time to the overall experience would not be the correct thing to do.
Can I put on resume experience I got by working part-time while I was in school?
Yes, you can. Just make sure to mark the tenure of work as part-time somewhere in the resume.