need advice - quitting PhD and want to start working

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S.A.D.
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need advice - quitting PhD and want to start working

Hello,

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

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R Bishop
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S.A.D.,

S.A.D.,

There is no shame in making a career change. Every job you interview will understand completely that you started a PhD and decided it wasn't for you. They will call your references and find out anyway, so there's no sense trying to hide it or anything. Spin your decision as a positive. Many industry jobs actually prefer masters over a post-doc. You found at a PhD was not for you and that you really want to be working in industry. Bam a positive! Im sure there are thousands that have suffered through a PhD that wish they hadnt

My advice though that of one man is always be straight forward with the resume and during your interviews and spin it to the positive side.

Good luck

Rus

S.A.D.
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Rus,

Rus,

Thank you for your response. I see the point in making a positive perspective out of not completing the PhD.

By the way, I'm still at the bench for a while, and I've just replied to one of your earlier posts that you had sent me and it would be great if you could guide me further. It was under the section of Protein Chemistry> Assay Development

http://www.scientistsolutions.com/t7870-need+technique+to+know+which+protein+isoform+is+expressed+in+dro.+muscle%3f.html

Thanks a lot

S.A.D.

R Bishop wrote:

S.A.D.,

There is no shame in making a career change. Every job you interview will understand completely that you started a PhD and decided it wasn't for you. They will call your references and find out anyway, so there's no sense trying to hide it or anything. Spin your decision as a positive. Many industry jobs actually prefer masters over a post-doc. You found at a PhD was not for you and that you really want to be working in industry. Bam a positive! Im sure there are thousands that have suffered through a PhD that wish they hadnt

My advice though that of one man is always be straight forward with the resume and during your interviews and spin it to the positive side.

Good luck

Rus