I am now fresh graduate (Bachelor Degree in Electronic Engineering) which completed studies in August 2016, then I enroll myself for a Master Degree in Telecommunication Engineering (part time by coursework) in September. I only attend classes on Sunday. Should I include the Master studies in my resume under Education category? or should I hide the fact that I am study master right now? As I worry that I might get disadvantage during interview as the employer might think that I will not be able to focus in work. I hope you guys could share some information or your experience to me. Thanks

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    Many employers encourage part time study. Some even pay for it.
    – paparazzo
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 16:49
  • @Paparazzi so you mean I should tell that I am now taking master course right? (Bravely)
    – Simon Ang
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 16:50
  • There is little to no downside for including it. Even better if you can explain how what you are learning will help you in the job you are trying to get.
    – JasonJ
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 17:18
  • I guess I wouldn't work for a company which encourages its employees not to study during their personal time, no matter if it's a Master's Degree, a certification, or an informal training. I'd include it in my CV, without a doubt.
    – Charmander
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 17:20
  • @charmander thanks, your first sentence really hits the vital point. ok i will include it
    – Simon Ang
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 17:23

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Typically, you would include this under education on your resume with an expected graduation date:

Masters in Telecommunication Engineering, University of Houston, expected December 2017

They will be able to figure out from this that you are pursuing the degree part-time (since you are planning to work) and that you are committed to finishing it. Most employers encourage continuing professional development, including advanced degrees.


You must include that you are pursuing your masters as a part time.

I'm also an electronics engineer. According to me B.Tech is not sufficient for electronics stream. So a masters becomes a kind of necessity.

It will be improve the depth of your knowledge.

Moreover you are going for the classes on weekends so that must not be affecting you while in job.

This will show your will to learn and that's what a company want.

  • You don't have to include that information, a resume is meant to sell you, to the company that is thinking about hiring you. Being a student part time, that has no effect on your job, is your business. Of course being a masters student is a good thing though. It could be a masters in Underwater Basketweaving, it doesn't really matter, you don't have to include information that isn't relevant for the job your applying to
    – Donald
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 3:02
  • Then You are definitely going to buy a thing with an extra certification over others @Ramhound Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 17:43

I would include it, definitely. It is nothing but a good thing that you consider education and training a continuing and ongoing thing.

However, I would add it not under 'education', but under extra curricular activities, or interests and hobbies. As a 'sunday only' activity I would feel it better fits here. Once you have passed of course, it should go under education, but as an interest and outside hobby, the continuation of your interest in your subject matter and your perseverance to self improve it would sit very well indeed. Also in this section there is no doubt that this is a side line of a continuing interest and will not interfere with your job or work.

Just add it to your education. Putting it in the section I originally suggested, following comments and a re-think, is actually a bit silly.

Just to say you gain nothing from leaving it off, but stand to gain a lot of credit by adding it in.

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    it's not a sunday only activity, it's a week-long activity that requires some travel on sundays. Also, putting it in an extra curricular section might be taken as you're not serious enough about your studies, or that it's easy enough to not be listed under Education (and thus, not be taken seriously)
    – rath
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 21:45
  • " I only attend classes on Sunday." So it is a sunday activity. I get what you mean though, of course, that it takes work during the week, but the time commitment is on Sunday. As for it not being serious, it was a response to the concern about putting it under education that it might seem the job was an addition to the study, not the other way around. Do people that go to church on Sunday not think their religion is serious? Your implication that you are not serious about your studies because you continue your education while working does not hold water.
    – PaulD
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 22:25
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    @PaulD just because he only has to attend classes on Sunday, doesn't mean it's a Sunday activity. He's likely expected to be studying throughout the week to keep up with the coursework. His professor (or professors) would likely not consider this a 'sunday activity' either, as they expect their students to dedicate time throughout the week to their studies. If it was 'sunday only' activity, I don't think he would have had any reason to post here, since his employer wouldn't have any reason to believe it would interfere with his work. Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 23:01
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    I never implied what you say in the last line of your comment. The point of my argument is, since you already have an Education section that's where educational activities should go. If an activity is on the CV but on a section separate to Education, it's probably not an educational activity.
    – rath
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 9:45
  • Yes, I see what you mean. Point taken.
    – PaulD
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 18:16

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