need advice - quitting PhD and want to start working

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need advice - quitting PhD and want to start working


I would like advice regarding this issue. I am considering quitting my PhD and would like to get a job in industry. I already have a Masters degree (2006) and will be applying for positions that require that qualification and not higher (like the PhD), for example research scientist, research associate, etc.

So when I apply for these positions, should I mention in my resume/ CV that currently I am in the PhD program? Or should I just stop with stating my last degree was the MS in 2006?

I am concerned that if I mention about my being in the PhD program, the industry HR might wonder why I'm applying for positions that need Masters degree students, and then they might look at me as a PhD student itself, think that I overqualify for the job and then not even interview me??????
Should I be letting them know in advance that I intend to quit the PhD or is that something I can clarify during the interview?

Thank you

Jason King
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This probably depends on your

This probably depends on your reasons for quiting the PhD. It would clearly not be good to say that you didn't get on with the supervisor or that it was too much work, but reasons such as lack of interest in the area of research or requirement to earn more money or passion for commercially orientated work (customer contacts etc) might be better. If you did your Masters in 2006, they will ask you why it took you 2 years to decide that the PhD was not for you. You need to be ready for these questions.