Though high school may have been a fond time for many of us, you should not leave your high school education, extracurriculars, work experience, internships, or volunteering experience on your resume for too long. High-school experience is generally worth less than undergraduate, graduate, and career experience. So, when should you remove high school experience from your resume?
There is no set date or time on when you have to remove your high school experience from your resume. Generally, high school experience should be removed once you have more important and more real-world experience. So, if you are currently enrolled in college, then you should remove and replace your high school education with your college.
This is true even if you have not yet graduated, as most colleges require a high-school diploma in order to be accepted or admitted. When replacing your high school education with your college, you may list out your expected date of graduation. This will help to give potential employers an idea of your current college timeline and when you should receive your diploma.
However, if you attended a particularly prestigious high school or one that has a lot of connections and networks, you may want to leave your high school on your resume while you are still in college. Doing so will likely increase your chances of landing a job opportunity or internship.
With regards to work experience, you can leave any work experience you acquired during high school on your resume until you have work experience in college. Your college work experience will generally be more advanced than your high school experience. As-such, it makes sense to replace.
Generally, once you reach the age of twenty, you should have all high school experiences and education removed from your resume. By this point, you should have sufficient work and educational experience to replace your high school experience. This newer experience will likely be more challenging and more rewarding in your long-term career.
If you did not attend a college and entered the work force immediately after high school, it is better to list your high school and indicate that you graduated with a diploma. Doing so will convey to potential employers that you do have your high school degree, which is often a minimum requirement for many positions.