Summary: I quit my PhD program due to a medical and financial reason. Now, I apply for jobs in the private sector, and will have interviews soon. Should I disclose the detailed reasons I quit my PhD program during these job interviews ?
So essentially I have encountered a severe medical burden, which turned into a financial burden during my PhD. I already had lost my reason to keep doing my PhD program because my goals in life changed and no longer required it, so this has been like the final nail in the coffin for that academic endeavor.
I applied to a bunch of jobs and at some point or another, the topic of my education will come up in an interview. If this happens, I want to be as transparent as possible without hurting my chances of getting the job.
I do have an interview lined up soon and I only applied to jobs I was genuinely interested in so it's not like I am only doing it for the money. Although the financial burden is a big reason I am now leaving, I don't think I should mention this an interview about my reason for leaving my PhD if the topic comes up correct?
I currently have planned that I will just say I have had some significant life goals that have changed and no longer require me to stay which is why I am leaving and was going to leave it at that.
However, if I can get other's input if I should include the medical and/or financial reasons too and if that would hurt/help, I would appreciate that.
Because I envision that maybe somewhere down the line working there or sooner, it gets out that there was that alternative reason, it may hurt me later on?
Like if they call my university to check that I have the masters and my uni tells them "oh yes but they're also on a medical leave of absence." and they find out that way and then may retract their offer because I wasn't fully transparent.
I also don't want them to think they would be taking on a "lame goat" that won't be useful when I still very much am even with the new health issues I have.
Edit: I apply for jobs in the private sector.