Well, the title sums it up. Feel that university does not meet expectations in content, it is death-by-powerpoint and that I am not making progress.

Trying to send emails to a few companies (i.e. open applications). There is a 2-year duration right now where there should have been a four-year university degree:

  • "I just dropped out" sounds incredibly negative.

  • I could try softening it over: "I'm taking a break from studying", but I think it would still be rather vague and will prompt questions at an interview, and I do not want to appear doing a bait-and-switch at that point.

  • Could try to say that "university course did not meet my expectations" but that again sounds rather suspicious/discouraging, and I don't think defending myself in an initial email is a good idea.

(Location: Mainland Europe, (small) tech-related industry)

  • What year did you drop out? Have you actually dropped out - perhaps you enrolled in the wrong course - and can this be fixed
    – Ed Heal
    Aug 11, 2015 at 16:50
  • Will there be a 'hole' resume-wise if you never mentioned it?
    – Bluebird
    Aug 11, 2015 at 16:54
  • @EdHeal Well, messed up another exam this afternoon. I'm still trying to switch to another course but due to the late nature of the matter I may end up taking a gap year instead, and I like to keep all doors open.
    – Antonio
    Aug 11, 2015 at 16:54
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    Wait for the results. Talk to your tutor. Perhaps able to retake them
    – Ed Heal
    Aug 11, 2015 at 16:56
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    Also this question and this one, which point make to the one I marked duplicate.
    – David K
    Aug 11, 2015 at 17:13

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I would simply list 2 years of school on the resume/CV, and then talk about your experience in your field. Don't give a reason for dropping out on paper. When you get asked this, AVOID saying anything about "not meeting expectations." The hiring manager will hear this as "He will leave this job the moment he has to do something he doesn't like."

I think the "taking a break from school" is actually a much better line. You could also simply say

I need a job now more than I need a degree later.

Several students take a year off and get full-time work. Students don't have much money, and any hiring manager will be able to relate to the guy who just wants a little more money in his pocket.

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