This week, you’ll gather information about your university courses and write a draft curriculum summary:
Summaries of your coursework can be useful in building a resume and in preparing for an interview. When job candidates have educational experience but not much employment experience, sharing details about educational experience can help show job preparedness to prospective employers.Here are three Curriculum Summary Examples. You’ll notice that these examples are detailed and specific. The writers are showing rather than just telling, focusing on particular skills and experiences from their university curriculum. When you finish this course, you’ll be in possession of a personal curriculum summary — a document that you’ll start researching and building this week.
Once you have built a Curriculum summary for yourself, you’ll be well-positioned to do two important things:
Re-purpose the Curriculum Summary to build a Relevant Coursework section for your resume
Here is a definition of relevant coursework from the ResumeLab webpage (Links to an external site.): Relevant coursework is a term for courses you took at school or college that are related to the position you are applying for. This kind of coursework can be listed on a resume under the education heading. The purpose of this information is to highlight knowledge pertinent to the job.
Should you Include a Relevant Coursework section on your resume? Maybe, it depends. The Relevant Coursework section isn’t right for everyone. For entry-level or student resumes, some people include a Relevant Coursework section. If you’ve got more than a year of professional job experience, it might be better to limit your resume information to employment experiences that reflect your skills and knowledge. But for people new to the professional workforce, the Relevant Coursework section may be a good idea.
Relevant Coursework sections are shorter and contain less detail than the Curriculum Summary that you’ll write for this class. In the Curriculum summary, you gather together information that you can then curate and re-purpose for the resume.
Here are two examples of relevant coursework sections from the Resume.com webpage (Links to an external site.):
Examples of Relevant Coursework sections from the Resume.com Webpage
Re-purpose the Curriculum Summary to prepare to talk about your university achievements in a job interview:
Also entry-level-position applicants, even those who decide not to include Relevant Coursework on the resumes, may refer to useful skills and experience gained in the university classroom to answer interview questions. This is a good approach when you don’t yet have employment experience in your field. Mid-career applicants who returned to university to update their skills will also want to enter interview situations prepared to discuss the value of their coursework.
Since you can reliably anticipate certain interview questions, the Curriculum Summary can help you to prepare some answers in advance with the result that your answers are confident, complete, and unhesitating. In answer to the question, “What special skills or experiences can you bring to this position?” You’ll be ready to discuss useful skills and experience gained in the university classroom.
Your job this week
For this week’s RRD, you’ll do some research about you! This research will help you to think more deeply and accurately about what courses you have taken and what you accomplished in your courses. This research, thinking. and initial drafting is in preparation for the Week 9 RRD entry where you’ll be asked to write a detailed Curriculum Summary.
Step 1. Read these examples of Curriculum summaries.
Curriculum Summary Examples . You’ll notice that these examples are detailed and specific. The writers are showing rather than just telling, focusing on particular skills and experiences from their university curriculum. In each of these examples, the writer makes the important distinction AWAY from just a list of courses and what they did in them—to show how the course experience adds to those things the writer understands and knows to do.
You will write a curriculum summary of your own in Week 10.
Step 2. Look at your own unofficial transcript.
It’s hard to remember all of the classes you’ve taken but you don’t need to try to pull this information from your memory. Instead, look at your transcript to help you recall your coursework.
Here’s how you’ll be graded:
Is your journal entry at least 250 words long?
Does it respond to all parts of the prompt?
Does it include at least one quote from the reading as part of your answer to one of the questions?
Does it show evidence of careful editing?