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Unlike a lot of you on StackOverflow, I don't have a fancy university degree; I went to college for three years instead. The trouble is my second year (of three) was really rough for me personally, and I ended up failing a class (mainframe programming - JCL specifically) as well as a class it was a prerequisite for the following year. So when all my friends were graduating, I was short two classes (specifically a CICS class and a Java class).

I was doing another semester to get these credits (and my diploma) when I got a job offer across the country, which I took. Circumstances being what they were (no computer for a month, then no internet for another month, and late nights trying to learn the system at work as fast as possible), I couldn't finish the courses. I let it slide while I was working (stupid, I know) and so now I can't honestly claim completion of the program.

On my resume, I address this as "[2003 - 2006] Enrolled in... " with the assumption being (a) I'm not lying, and (b) I can explain it properly in an interview. There doesn't seem to be a good way to explain this on SO careers. I suppose I'm not necessarily an ideal person for SO Careers anyway since I'm not some superhero programmer, but I'm unemployed and Careers is cheap enough that it's not a big loss for me if it doesn't work. I plan to be very upfront about who I am (i.e. looking for a junior spot, college educated rather than a CS degree, etc.).

So how would be best for me to address my education issues in SO Careers, or should I just not bother with SO Careers at all?

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Remember there is a money back guarantee. –  Sam152 Jan 14 '10 at 6:37
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I said in the question that the money didn't concern me. My concern is how to best address the education issue to maximize the chance of being noticed (positively) by potential employers. I highly doubt there are any employers even looking in my areas (Current Address: Halifax, NS, Canada; "Home": Kingston, ON, Canada"), and especially not for junior people. Damn good chance I'll be completely overlooked, but I'd rather not shoot myself in the foot if someone does notice me. –  AgentConundrum Jan 14 '10 at 7:03

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I, too, would like a good answer to this. I currently have the degree line as "B.S. Computer Science (incomplete)". I wish I could simply omit the line, but then the entire section fails to show. In the body of the education section I describe the upper-level CS classes that I've taken, what I learned, and the semester papers/projects for the classes. What I don't know, however, is how this looks to potential employers, so I can't really say whether you should do what I've done.

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Haven't I already answered that? –  Ladybug Killer Jan 14 '10 at 9:10
    
@John: never hurts to get a second opinion though –  Kyle Cronin Jan 14 '10 at 9:32

Listen, you made a decision in your life: earning money or finishing college. Many people (have to) do that. It's not a crime, it is nothing you have to be ashamed of. IIRC a guy named William Gates did the same thing.

Just mention, that you chose to work instead of finishing college. Make sure you show that you are still learning, trying to improve etc. by reading magazines, articles, books, blogs, whatever.

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