After ~8 years doing it I decided to quit my PhD and do something else. I left with a Masters certificate at the time, thinking it was at least better than nothing, in terms official documents.
Since then, I have been listing this experience as 8 years spent obtaining a Masters degree under my CV's Education section, as well as 8 years spent working as a research student under the Professional Experience Section.
I was wondering if there's a better way to present this on the CV, because it feels:
- There's a large overlap. It's there in Education AND Professional Experience.
- The fact that I was originally pursuing a PhD is not conveyed. Don't know if this matters.
I see elsewhere here suggestions about excluding the start date of an experience, but for some job applications, they demand a DETAILED CV, and I've heard that recruiters are good at spotting gaps or inconsistencies on the CV anyway.