Should I Disclose My Education on My Dating Profile?March 20, 2021
“Should I disclose my education on my dating profile?” When it comes to creating the perfect online dating profile, practicing discretion is important. I always advise my male clients to fully complete their dating profiles. Part of completing your profile involves disclosing the following things:
- Your real age
- Actual height
- Whether or not you are divorced
- Whether or not you are a smoker
- If you have kids
Including your education is no different. So when it comes to the question, “Should I disclose my education?” the answer is that, yes, you should disclose your education on your dating profile. But I also understand people may be reticent when it comes to providing educational details.
In this article, you will learn how to present your education (or lack thereof) in a positive manner. I’ll also let you in on some great ways to snag matches and meet amazing women offline.
Should I Disclose My Education?
Tip #1: For College Grads
Maybe you feel like you’re “bragging” if you mention your college degree. Or perhaps you’re afraid that women will think you’re a nerd and prefer a meatheaded jock instead.
Toss that line of thinking away right now.
First of all, sapiosexuality (an attraction to intelligence) is alive and kicking. Relationship-oriented women want to be able to connect with more than a pack of abs; they want to connect with a guy on an intellectual level.
Furthermore, according to a survey from AskMen and Zoosk, people with degrees tend to land more dates in the online dating world.
How to Disclose Your Degree
Now that you know the answer to “Should I disclose my education?” let’s talk about how to disclose your education on dating profiles.
Most online dating apps and sites have prepopulated areas you can fill in that disclose your type of degree — high school, bachelor’s degree, master’s, etc. Make sure to fill this out.
You can also mention your education in your bio. Don’t worry about going overboard with this. Simply mention the degree you have. If you currently work in a field you studied in college (let’s face it, a ton of people are working jobs that have nothing to do with what they went to college for), mention that as well.
And if your career is something other than what you went to college for (i.e., maybe you studied health science and now you work in marketing), mention that as well.
The Beauty of Transferable Skills
You may feel like it looks odd to disclose specifics of your degree when your career is something opposite, but this can actually work to your advantage. Being able to attain a degree in one area of study and then get a job in something different shows that you’re well-rounded. It also shows that you have a broad skill set.
Lots of people end up in careers that don’t necessarily fit what their college major because every degree and internship comes with a variety of transferable skills. Transferable skills are skills that can be used in several different occupations.
For example, someone I know currently works as a writer even though she studied health education in school. Her college education helped her find writing jobs that dealt specifically with fitness, nutrition, and overall wellness. She initially felt self-conscious talking about this on dates because she thought it might come off like she couldn’t make up her mind about her career or chose the wrong major in college.
But honestly, how many of us actually know what we want to do with the rest of our lives when we’re fresh out of high school?
The point is, this fact didn’t put anyone off when she went on dates. It just gave her more to talk about when the topic of education and career came up.
Tip #2: If You’re Still in School
Some dating apps and sites allow you to list that you are currently working toward a degree. Others don’t and you have to simply fill out “High School” in the degree field.
In this case, it’s a good idea to mention in your dating bio or tagline that you are working toward a degree in a particular field.
Once again, put a positive spin on this. Talk about what you’re excited about pursuing once your graduate. You can also talk about what you really like about the university you’re currently attending, your favorite college activities and the types of things you like to do outside of class.
What if I’m in Law School or Medical School?
DEFINITELY be sure to mention this. Don’t be shy. Getting into law school or medical school is a big challenge and it’s going to impress women.
Moreover, women tend to want a man who is career-oriented and financially stable. If you’re setting out to be a lawyer or a doctor, it shows initiative and that you’re headed into a stable, solid career.
Conversely, be careful of women who just want to date a doctor or equate a law/medical degree with endless cash flow. For more tips on avoiding gold diggers, check out How to Not Be Taken Advantage of Financially While Dating.
Tip #3: If You Didn’t Go to College
Harkening back to that statistic about people with degrees getting more dates, I just want to say this: DON’T PANIC.
Yes, men who have degrees are more likely to attract relationship-oriented women. Or, at least, it’s something that is going to catch a woman’s eye.
However, in an era of student loan debt and, again, people ending up in careers that have nothing to do with what they went to school for, choosing to forego college isn’t all that uncommon. College is extremely expensive and it’s certainly not the only way to find a good job.
If you didn’t go to college, you shouldn’t try to skirt around that fact. Rather, talk about the positive things you’re doing at your current job and what your career plans are for the future.
If you found a job after high school but plan to go to college and get a degree, mention that.
Are You in the Military?
First of all, thank you for your service. Second of all, this is one route people take that prevents a college education or at least delays a traditional college education. There is a lot of pride that comes with being in the military, and when it comes to attracting women, a military man is extremely attractive for reasons that extend beyond the whole “a man in uniform” thing.
Don’t hide the fact that you were or are currently in the military if that’s your situation. Trust me, women are not going to be put off by the fact that you didn’t get a bachelor’s degree given that you’ve been defending the country overseas. A degree can definitely wait.
Tip #4: If You Are Unemployed and Financially Unstable
In this case, it’s extremely understandable that you are asking the question about putting your education or income on your dating profile.
Let’s say you don’t have a degree and are in no position to get one. Maybe you barely passed high school, have a G.E.D. or are currently working on it.
Or maybe things just recently took a turn and you’re financially unable to finish college at this time, was never able to enroll in college or faced a number of different issues that have left you unemployed, broke and living with your parents, relative or on a friend’s couch.
First of all, don’t beat yourself up and try not to judge yourself.
Second of all, now is not the right time for you to be dating.
You’re far from the only person who has hit a rough patch. But it’s really important that you fix your finances before putting yourself out there in the dating world.
If unemployment or low income is a result of mental health or a traumatic event, getting motivated to look for a job could be difficult. Mental health struggles can affect every facet of your life. But there are lots of free and affordable mental health resources available. Check out a broad selection on Lifehacker and Greatist.
When you’re feeling better, fix your finances and find a job you like, you can reenter the dating world.
Make Your Dating Profile Shine
When it comes to the topic of “Should I disclose my education on my dating profile?” the thing to remember is this: Even if you don’t have a college degree or a super stimulating career to speak of, you can get tons of matches and attract amazing women by using a few of my favorite online dating tips for men.
Strategy #1: Choose Your Photos Wisely
First impressions are everything. Make sure that you select the best possible photos if you want your online dating profile to stand out from the competition. Choose current, clear and attractive photos.
For detailed advice on dating profile photos, check out my Top 5 Online Dating Photo Tips for Men Who Want More Matches.
Strategy #2: Set a Swipe Goal
Set a swipe goal each day and track your progress. For example, let’s say you calculate that you swipe 50 times a day. That adds up to 350 swipes per week. You know what that means? It means 350 chances to match up with a woman every seven days.
This message is strategic because it allows you to track and measure your progress. You can see how effective your response rate is and — if your match rates are low or suddenly start to decrease — you can use this information to alter your profile.
Strategy #3: Deliver an Awesome Opening Line
When it comes to turning online connections into real-world dates, a killer icebreaker is everything. The best openers include the following:
- Mention of shared interests (read her profile to find out what she’s into)
- Something unique that avoids the standard “Hey,” “How are you?” and “How was your day?”
Strategy #4: Create a Compelling Date Idea
Don’t wait too long to ask a girl out on a date. Remember, women get inundated with messages on dating apps. Time is of the essence.
Use your shared interests or something she is really passionate about to create a compelling date plan. A compelling date is something that aligns with the woman’s interest and has a clear TDL.
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