I took a break from my STEM PhD a couple of years ago but now it is looking increasingly likely that I would be kicked off the PhD program for not having completed it on time. The past couple of years though I have been at home working on my own projects and doing some hourly consulting.
How is termination from a PhD viewed at the time of job interviews/offer? Does it show up in background check? Do I need to mention that I have been kicked out of the PhD program or should I say something like 'Discontinued PhD since 2014'?