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How should I represent on my CV that I terminated my pursuit of a masters degree because of pregnancy and moving abroad (attended 1st semester and GPA is 3.6 out of 4)? Thanks in advance!
Answered by Beamer, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Hello,
I would advise against including any information about this in your CV because some employers might argue that leaving after one semester, regardless of the reason, could be an indicator of your commitment to follow through. While you and I know that isn't the case, employers have a stack of resumes and are looking for reasons to rule people out and shorten the list.
If you took the GRE or GMAT and have a good score, I would include that as that shows a commitment to developing yourself.
Lastly, when you do start up again, I would include the information but not anything about leaving due to a pregnancy or moving abroad unless the move was for work. You can choose to speak to that during the interview phase but the CV is not the place for it.
Hope this helped, have a great day!



Answered by Bret, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Thursday, January 12, 2017
Hello, and thanks for the question!
I agree with the previous response, it would be best not to include this on your CV.  It would cause more questions and concerns than the value it would bring by including it.  Ultimately with a degree of any sort, employers would like to know if you are in progress or have completed.  With such a short duration and a full termination of the pursuit it is best to exclude it on the CV.
This will leave you some space to highlight other accomplishments or items of interest/value.
Good luck!
Bret
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, January 12, 2017
Great question! I would have to agree with the following responses. Although pursuing your Master’s and receiving a GPA of 3.6 in your first semester is a great and something to be proud of. I would not highlight it on your resume unless you are looking to complete your degree. Hiring managers could see that as a possible red flag/concern and your commitment to complete or follow through on something. I would focus and highlight any other accomplishments or skill sets that relate to the position you are applying for. Best of luck!
Answered by Cory, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, January 19, 2017
Hi there! The best way to explain these situations is by attaching a cover letter to your application. Here, you can explain these details in full. You can make note on your resume with an asterisk to tell the reader to *See Cover Letter for details.  The other option is to not include this information at all on your resume. Since you did not finish the degree, it doesn't qualify or disqualify you from opportunities. Completely up to you! Good luck! 
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