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Job-Related Coursework Option

Employees may take courses specifically to improve their job performance.  These employees are not matriculated students and are not registered through Open University. However, classes are taken for credit and will be posted on the student's official transcript. Depending on operational needs and the CBA, the supervisor may approve one (1) class to be taken on State time - see Employee Eligibility for more information.

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First-time Taking Job-Related Coursework

  1. Submit an application to be accepted as a guest/transitory student by the University:
    • If you do not have a degree, complete a Career Advancement/Job-related Undergraduate Admissions Application Form (PDF) – HR will send original to Undergraduate Admissions. 
    • If you have a degree, complete a Career Advancement/Job-Related Graduate Admissions Application Form (PDF) – HR will send original to Grad Studies.  (This applies if you have a degree, but will be taking undergraduate courses.  Job-Related Program Employees do not have to meet Graduate Admissions requirements and do not need to submit transcripts or proof of a bachelor's degree.)
      • Submit a Fee Waiver Application for Employees (PDF) to Human Resources (zip 0010). This form has sections to be completed by the employee and the employee's supervisor.  Human Resources will send a copy to Graduate Studies.
      • Receive a letter or email (from Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Studies) confirming you have been accepted as a student under the Job-Related benefit program.  This is your invitation to enroll in courses.
  2. Pre-pay estimated fees at Student Financial Services Center (SSC), room 230.  Tell them you are pre-paying estimated fees for the employee fee Waiver program so they can code the payment properly.

Continuing Job-Related Coursework

  1. Each term, submit an application to be accepted as a transitory student by the University:
  2. Each term, submit a Fee Waiver Application for Employees Form (PDF) to Human Resources (zip 0010). This form has sections to be completed by the employee and the employee's supervisor.  Human Resources will send a copy to Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Studies.
    • Receive a letter or email (from Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Studies) confirming you have been accepted as a student under the Job-Related benefit program.  This is your invitation to enroll in courses.
  3. Pre-pay estimated fees at Student Financial Services Center (SSC), room 230.  Tell them you are pre-paying estimated fees for the employee fee Waiver program so they can code the payment properly.

Employees Changing, Adding or Deleting Courses

  • Re-submit a Fee Waiver Application for Employees (PDF).  In the “Request for Waived Fees” section, check (X) the box indicating, “This is a request to change courses already submitted.”

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How to Include Your Coursework in Your Resume

As a current student or recent graduate, you may not have very much work experience to include on your resume.

One way to strengthen your resume is to emphasize related coursework and other academic experiences. Read below for advice on how to write a resume that focuses on coursework; you can also view a sample student resume.

Tips for Including Your Coursework in Your Student Resume 

  • Include related courses. Consider creating a section in your resume called “Relevant Coursework.” In it, include the courses directly related to the position you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for work as a paralegal, list any classes you took related to law or politics.
  • Include related academic projects. Similarly, if you have completed any research projects related to your future career, list these. If you are applying for a job that involves conducting research, list any extensive research projects you worked on.
  • Include related extracurricular activities. If you participated in any sports or clubs where you developed skills relevant to the job you’re applying for, include these. You could include a section on your resume called “Extracurricular Activities,” or you might highlight activities in a broader section called “Relevant Experience.”
  • Include volunteer experiences. Even if you did not get paid for this work, volunteer experiences can make terrific additions to your resume. For example, if you are applying for a job as a teacher’s assistant, describe your volunteer tutor experience.
  • Use keywords in your descriptions. Beneath each experience, list your responsibilities and achievements in that experience that help show you as a strong fit for the position. One way to do this is to include keywords from the job listing in the descriptions. If the job requires field research experience, be sure to mention your “30+ hours of field research” in the description of your senior project.
  • Emphasize academic successes. Beyond related coursework, you should also emphasize any academic successes, such as a high GPA or an award from an academic department. Although these successes may not appear to be directly related to the job for which you are applying, they demonstrate your hard work and responsibility.
  • Edit, edit, edit. Take the time to thoroughly edit your resume for spelling and grammar errors. Also make sure that your font and style choices are consistent—for example, if you write one section title in bold, all section titles should be bold. You might set up a meeting with a counselor at your ​college career services office to have someone else read through your resume too.

Example of a Student Resume Focusing on Coursework 

The following is a resume for a paralegal. This resume focuses on relevant coursework and leadership experiences.

Hailey Sharpe
Home 555-555-5555 Cell 555-555-1234
haileysharpe@XYZcollege.edu
456 Oakwood Terrace
Anytown, PA 99999

EDUCATION

Sagamore College, Easton, NY
May 20XX
Bachelor of Arts in Government
Cumulative GPA: 3.8
Awarded Outstanding Government Major, Spring 20XX

RELEVANT LEGAL COURSEWORK AND RESEARCH

Business Law Course, Business Department, Sagamore College
Fall 20XX–present

  • Analyze and briefcases with a business focus
  • Discuss and evaluate legal principles from an ethical perspective

Research Assistant, Sagamore
Fall 20XX–present

  • Collaborate with adviser, research team, and Smith School of Medicine
  • Conduct research regarding effects of steroids on activity level of rats
  • Use computer program to gather and analyze data
  • Present new findings in bimonthly discussion with department

Sociology of Law Course, Sociology Department, XYZ College
Spring 20XX

  • Researched case law dealing with social policy and the Supreme Court
  • Analyzed cases and produced final paper regarding social policy in court cases
  • Explained results and conclusions in a final presentation to practicing lawyers

LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE

Resident Assistant, XYZ College
Fall 20XX–May 20XX

  • Served as mentor and leader to incoming students, providing sense of community for those living in dorms
  • Worked with staff members and campus safety to ensure safe and secure living environment

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

Produce Clerk, Food Market, ABC Town, MA
Summer 20XX–present

  • Train new employees
  • Awarded “Employee of the Month” five times

Lifeguard/Pool Supervisor, Local Town Pool, ABC Town, MA
Summer 20XX–Fall 20XX

COMPUTER SKILLS

Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; LexisNexis; Adobe

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