Academia Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for academics and those enrolled in higher education. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am currently finishing my undergraduate degree, and I am working on my CV for graduate school applications. After High School, I spent ~1.5 years traveling, mostly by myself, and with no notable employment.

Do I write this in my CV? If so, should I just mention it or say anything further about it?

share|improve this question
Do you need to mention what you did before your undergraduate studies in your CV? – Thomas Jan 23 at 17:32
It might help to understand what countries you are applying to study in. The advice on this and other questions would be wrong for Japan but right for the US. – virmaior Jan 24 at 12:44

Honestly, if I were you, I simply wouldn't list my high school dates on my CV. Lots of applications don't, and I've never seen this be a problem or concern. Given that you now are getting an undergraduate degree, the graduate schools won't care much about it. I doubt anyone will pay much attention if you do write in your date of high school graduation and simply don't explain the gap, but why even bring up the topic?

EDIT: Just to clarify, I wasn't suggest you list your high school without dates, but that you just leave it off entirely. I would say you definitely don't want to list it once you've entered grad school. When applying to grad school as an undergrad, I think it's fine to leave it there, but don't expect anyone to think it's important.

share|improve this answer
I simply wouldn't list my high school on my CV. – Kimball Jan 23 at 18:30
+1 Every CV I've ever seen lists baccalaureate studies or higher. – CMosychuk Jan 23 at 21:35
I did not even finish high school and nobody seems to care since I have a variety of higher degrees. – Anonymous Physicist Jan 23 at 22:33
Keep in mind that in some cultures, secondary education may be considered very important for some reason. Germany comes to mind. – AndrejaKo Jan 23 at 22:44

Many people take a gap year between highschool and college and between college and grad school for various reasons (walkabout, military service, family care responsibilities). Unless it's significant for either your personal growth or is notable for another reason (length of time > 5 years; etc.) there's simply no reason to mention it.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.