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If I've been teaching myself in my free time, can I consider that "years of experience" or does that imply full-time work?

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That’s education not experience

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Depends on what it is really… If it’s programming you could utilize a public portfolio like a git page to show what you can do. If it’s risk management strategies for enterprise security teams you’ll likely need to apply that directly to get experience.

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Education is not experience. But you could still incorporate that into your resume as knowledge base.

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Put a self employed header position into your resume and mention the product where you applied the experience. "Applied" education with a tangible deliverable isn't just education and can be counted as experience.

Be careful padding experience under the guise of applied learning. If there is something on your resume that you can’t answer to, it’s a bad look. Sure - spending a year learning is great. It’s even better if you have something to talk about and demo. Remember that experience implies that you can speak personally speak about it. If the answers to all the questions about your project is I don’t know/best practices/something said do it this way, that’s dubious at best.

It's definitely not experience, but you might be able to put it under skills.

Ask yourself if you learned enough in your free time to do that thing as a full-time job. If you did, then I would feel safe counting it as experience. If not it's better to put it under a different header like skills or education.

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