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How do you answer this: "What's the highest level of education you've achieved?"?

Asked by caly420 (540 points ) January 28th, 2010

And your choices are

*Still attending high school
*High School
*College Degree
*Masters or Doctorate Degree

***I’m a junior in college, so technically I can’t but college, but just putting high school makes me it sound like I haven’t even attended college.

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Snarp's avatar

And yet that is the correct answer.

erichw1504's avatar

The highest level of education you’ve achieved would be High School; you haven’t graduated from college yet. That is the answer. I don’t know what else to tell you.

dalepetrie's avatar

You put high school (because it’s the honest answer), often times they will have a category “some college”, but if this one doesn’t do that, the highest degree you’ve actually achieved is High School, and hopefully somewhere else on the application you can indicate that you are currently a Junior in college. Anything else could be taken as dishonesty, even if not meant as such.

caly420's avatar

Thank you for the quick responses!! To everyone!

Darwin's avatar

As everyone else says, you would put High School. I would put Masters or Doctorate Degree.

Judi's avatar

I have a PHD from the School of Hard Knocks.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Judi hey! so many people went there, apparently ‘cause I see people say that all the time.

Judi's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir ; It is the hardest earned education in the world. I wish I would have just taken the traditional University route. It would have been a lot cheaper.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Judi yeah but I think many of us have done both. in that getting an education in the ‘traditional’ manner doesn’t mean we didn’t have a hard life.

Judi's avatar

But at least you had access to interviews and such that are shut out to those of us who didn’t go to school. It took me 30 years working to make what I would have earned shortly out of college. I got fed up and finally made my own way investing in real estate. Fortuinatley, I haven’t leveraged a lot so I am weathering this bubble (EDIT: I mean deflation ) OK. Rents have maintained pretty well.

SeventhSense's avatar

I have a Bachelor’s in Art Education. With a Major in Art and Minor in Education.
I’m certified to teach K-12.

stump's avatar

I think the highest level of education one can achieve is ongoing self-education after any institutional education, if you think of it figuratively;)

HTDC's avatar

@SeventhSense and @stump Probably time to re-read the question. He’s asking how to fill out his application (see the tags). ;)

Sarcasm's avatar

I refuse to answer the question on the grounds that education is a social construct!
High School Diploma.

SeventhSense's avatar

@HTDC
I’m too educated for such pedestrian concerns as following directions. ~_~
I’m a rebel Dottie
^ +5 for anyone who knows the reference

HTDC's avatar

I’m really not trying to be rude, it just annoys me when people answer too quickly without understanding the question properly. I do it sometimes, but I don’t mind if people correct me or point out my answer wasn’t what the question was asking. I’m sorry if you took offense to it.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Judi right but that’s because our society is based on those with a formal education getting the formal opportunities…those are the rules (not saying they’re right or wrong) and so, if you didn’t want to go that route, you suffer somewhat (really it all depends on what kind of a job you want to do because for some jobs I do think you should at the very least have a college education)...the PhD from the school of hard knocks should only be awarded, I believe (and I’m speaking tongue-in-cheek) to those with difficult life circumstances not relating to education…in that if you could have gone to school and you didn’t go to school and you’re aware of how that will impact you in present day job world then that was of your own doing…

Judi's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir ; I agree that some people have “dual degrees.” If you only knew how hard won mine was. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but I have come out a much better, deeper, more caring and compassionate person than I would have been without it, so it’s all good. It’s not all about money. (Although being a single mother with three kids under 8 would have been a lot easier if I had been earning a decent salary!)

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Judi it’s not at all about the money for me either…I value education for its own sake and encourage everyone to get some…I don’t like it when it sounds like a person (not you but in general) puts formal education and ‘real-life’ education on two opposite ends, calls it all mutually exclusive and claims one or the other are better, harder, more expensive…it all depends on the person, really and while there are very obvious barries to obtaining education for certain classes and races and the such, I believe people shouldn’t look down on obtaining education when they can…it must be hard to raise 3 kids, I admire you…and the life path you’ve taken…

Darwin's avatar

Quite frankly, I firmly believe that I need to learn one new thing before lunch every day. That’s is actually my highest level of education.

Judi's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir thanks:-) I admire those who completed their “formal” education early too. I bailed out when it started to get tough. If only I knew then what I know now.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Judi yeah life doesn’t work that way, sadly. If I knew then what I know now, I’d have gotten a different kind of an education

SeventhSense's avatar

@HTDC
Of course, so was I. You actually think I was serious? Now I’ve had professors so pompous but I always found them quite comical. No one knows my reference though?

stump's avatar

@HTDC Yeah, you are right. But the question was very simple and the answer was given several times in the first few answers. So I thought I would broaden the discussion by taking it from the specific and literal to the general and metaphorical.

HTDC's avatar

It’s okay, I just thought perhaps you guys read the question wrong, I know I do it and I would want someone to tell me so I wasn’t left in the dark about it. But now that you both say your answers were intentional, I can understand.

stump's avatar

@HTDC A lot of times I read the question, answer it, and then read the details, and realize my answer is totally wrong and makes me look stupid. So, thanks.

Judi's avatar

I just figured the first few answers were perfect and the rest of us were expanding on the theme

wundayatta's avatar

Most questionnaires also have “some college” as a choice.

girlofscience's avatar

I hated this question when I was still an undergrad. I still kind of hate it now because I’m currently a grad student.

“Some college” sounds bad too because it makes it sound like you quit. These questionnaires need to start considering people IN college!

Anyway, I know everyone else disagrees, but when I was still an undergrad, I responded “College Degree” for this question. If it was for some purpose that was questioned in a follow-up, I simply explained: “I indicated ‘college degree’ on the questionnaire because I am still currently enrolled in college, and I am very educated. I felt that a college degree is better representative of my current level of education than a mere high school diploma.” Employers were always quite pleased with this answer.

YARNLADY's avatar

The highest level of formal education I achieved was third year of college. I would like to get enough credits to complete my Bachelor’s Degree. I may end up like the woman I just read about on the news who got her BA at age 100.

emk's avatar

I am junior at University and I will be graduated on november 2016 which option should I choose?

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