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Continuing Education credits as an undergraduate?

Updated Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I am currently a sophomore psychology major. I also am a student affiliate of the American Psychological Association. Each year, my membership comes with 5 free CE credits. They center around some interesting articles, so I'm certainly not going to let them go to waste.

I do wonder, however, what exactly it means to do these as an undergraduate. I realize they're usually for professionals who have to meet CE requirements to maintain their license. Even so, could I put them on a resume if they are relevant? What do CE credits mean for someone who is still in school? Is there any purpose?

Thanks in advance!
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4 answers

Mozart’s Answer

Updated Seattle, Washington
Hi Alexandra, I hire undergrads who have research experience and belong to professional organizations and if this is for your career I would want to know how a professional article helped you on a project or in the role you want otherwise I wouldn't really be interested in your professional affiliations (unless I was a research journal hiring you). In a job interview, you can say, "When I was a sophmore I started collecting professional credits because I take my career and learning seriously because we're constantly growing" or "I read this article on psych topic and it changed my dissertation -- to make it on the cutting edge beyond what I learned in school". When I hear learning is applied I get excited as a hiring manager about an applicant.

Kim’s Answer

Updated San Antonio, Texas
Alexandra, CE would present an excellent networking opportunity, and could be the door to your first job! If possible, try to attend some in-person classes, rather than doing them all on-line. Also, look for opportunities to volunteer during conferences, etc., such as working the sign-in table. These are excellent ways to help you transition to the professional world. As to the resume, it would depend on the type of job you are applying to. If it is related or quasi-related to your field, I would list the degree under "education," and then have a separate category for "seminars and training" or whatever you want to call it. Good question!

Lisa’s Answer

Updated Maplewood, New Jersey
I know for the pharmaceutical industry, CE accreditation is important for Physicians. For you, I would definitely include this on your resume. Also include what topics you've read about. It demonstrates a high level of interest in your field and the fact that you are motivated to learn beyond school requirements.

Linda Ann’s Answer

Updated
Even though the credits are for licensed professionals include them on your resume. I say this from the perspective of someone who used to hire new graduates out of college. Someone who was dedicated enough to pursue extra learning opportunities is someone who I would probably like to hire. The extra time shows your passion for the field, your industriousness and grit. Great question, by the way!