Do employers look at the classes that you took?

United States
August 5, 2008 7:37am CST
Hey I am debating over which electives (classes which are not in my field of study) to take for next semester. My mom says that I should take classes which I will learn something relevant to my major (journalism), however, I think that it doesn't matter, because employers dont really look at the speific courses that you took, but rather, your grades and work expirence are more important. Does anyone that has expirence with this know if this is true?
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
5 Aug 08
Employers do look whether you took some sort of specialty classes to go above and beyond what your regular degree requires. It's listed on the resume under special skills. In my field (finance), it's what related finance software I have knowledge of and can use. Same for languages. If there is a certain class that stands out and is relevant for journalism, you should take it. If the class is for example about let's say special techniques needed to report from war zones, there is probably a certain term that it used to describe this such as 'war zone reports', which would be listed under special skills. You will be asked about it in the interview and you can elaborate on it at that time such as that you took a special class because that topic interested you and you thought it was important to have knowledge in that area as it is not part of the general requirements of the journalism curriculum. You are right that employers don't look at your class schedule to see what classes you took. But they do look at your specialties and special interests as they are listed on your resume.