The General Question, short version:
Should one try to justify why one wants to drop out of a programme in favour of a job one is applying to?
Why I'm asking / the context of my particular situation:
I'm in fairly early stages of my PhD programme but already quite convinced academia is not for me. I haven't really accomplished much in my time here - my current PhD programme (and a one-year Masters preceding it) was a little pivot from my prior position in the industry which I've now realised was a mistake - I want back into industry.
I realise that "I thought that doing research in
blorp was a good idea but it wasn't" is not a great narrative to have in my job applications, and would just add unnecessary clutter to cover letters. I'm not likely to be able to give it a positive spin, as it's early stages of research so I haven't gained any relevant knowledge other than becoming aware I don't want to do this. I'm a little tempted to just leave it out, and let the school mentioned in CV with recent starting dates do the talking. Is that generally a good idea?