I have kind of a unique story (maybe) and would like some honest advice. Don’t sugarcoat it. I know this situation isn’t ideal.
I have struggled with medical problems and depression/anxiety for years. It has been debilitating, but I kept going and finally earned my college degree.
I have been to three different colleges. One I left due to extreme depression and unsolved medical problems. The second one I left due to sexual assault. The third one, I stayed at and got my degree.
There were a few years between my attendance at the second and third university where I worked as a singer/performer. I was successful, but medical problems lead to difficulties with breathing and performing. I moved back home to figure out what was going on with my body. I thought maybe it was the physical effects of ptsd, but it turns out I needed a major surgery.
I have to be careful with myself because if I do too much I end up sick. So while pursuing my degree, I focused solely on class work. Graduated with honors.
If an employer were to look at my transcript, they would see all the times I left school. I also have a gap in employment (about a year). I was in school at this time, but it still looks bad to not be employed.
My past managers have promised to give me glowing reviews as I had great relationships with them. I am a very very hard worker and care immensely about helping others.
how do I approach gaps in my education and job history?
How do I explain the fact that I am 30 years old and am just now earning a bachelor’s degree?