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OMG: It took me over 4 years to get my degree. I took some years off, was on academic probation and couldn't return for another year. I finally graduated last month. I'm wondering what to put on my linkedln profile. I don't have one right now but I'm considering it. Would it look bad if people (e.g. potential employers) see that it took me more than 4 years to get my degree? Can I write that I started in 2010 (e.g. BA - In whatever: 2010 - 2014), even though I didn't? My resume is obviously going to say the same thing. I know it's not good to lie but I can't imagine telling potential employers it took me that many years to get my degree; I am not proud of it myself either. My degree doesn't include dates or anything, so technically they won't know, unless I tell them.

11 comments

  1. Just write your completion date on your resume.

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  2. Lol because of coop, and the fact that i took an extra term of work, and term of courses, it took me 6 years to graduate. No body gives a flying fuck

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    1. +1, does not matter at all.

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  3. Always write the competition date only, not the start date.

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  4. echo time:

    COMPLETION DATE ONLY

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  5. Suggestion: completion date only. Don't lie on your resume.

    Also, no one cares about how long it took you to complete your degree.

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  6. OP it does not matter whether it took you 4 or 6 years, only depends if you did well in your courses. So if you screwed up in beggining but picked up slack, you still might be alright

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  7. they'll figure it out anyway when they see your transcript

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  8. OP here: I had no idea you could just put the completion date on your resume. I will do that. I will probably just forget about making a LinkedIn account!

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    1. Even on your Linkedin, you don't need to put the start date (leave it blank). I took a long time to graduate too.

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  9. As it turns out, most employers aren't interested in the specifics of *how* you completed your degree... just that you did, and you have one. Your cover letter/interview performance/overall soft skills matter a lot more than that piece of paper.

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