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The 'E's of CV's - Part Three

10th June, 2020


It’s time to start taking a closer look at the actual content of the CV. Your education is a key component of your CV.What education should I list? Focus on your highest form of education. If you are a high school graduate, list that and anything noteworthy about your schooling. If you have graduated from TAFE or University then list the course/s or degree/s that you studied. If you have apprenticed for a trade or completed a traineeship list that. Once you have completed some kind of higher education or industry specific training it becomes less important to list things like your secondary education.

How should I write it? All education you list should be in reverse chronological order (most recent at the top and work your way back). It is essential to include the year of completion as a minimum, this provides the reader with some much needed context. You will also need to clearly identify your course and where you completed it. In some cases articulating what you are now qualified to do can be useful.

Should I list my education before or after my work experience? This will depend on several factors. Are you a new graduate? Does your course qualify you to work in your intended profession or is it simply advantageous to have studied? Are you experienced in your field? Let’s consider a teacher, if you have just graduated from an initial teacher education degree, listing your education first clearly demonstrates you are qualified for the position. However if you have been teaching for a year or two you might start to list your work experience before your education. You will need to assess what the hierarchy of information should be by considering what is more desirable or impressive in order to maintain their interest.

Do I include short courses and certificates in my education? This will be a little bit case by case but in general listing them separately under ‘additional training’ (or something like that) and adding it towards the end of your CV will ensure that you can maintain a clear hierarchy of information and keep things streamlined.

Clearly describing your education is essential to writing a good CV. Include all the key details that your reader needs to understand your educational history.

Next we will take a look at the fourth ‘e’, experience.

About the author

Camille Alexander

Camille Alexander


Having completed a Masters of Teaching (Primary), Camille brings her knowledge of the teaching profession to her role as a University Engagement and International Support Coordinator. This role involves Camille visiting universities and speaking to enthusiastic graduates who are just embarking on their career. She also supports international teachers who are moving to Australia. Camille thoroughly enjoys answering questions and providing help and support to educators.  In her spare time, Camille can often be found playing strategic board games with friends.