I am new to stackexchange. I don't want to say my countries if it's okay for anonymity.
TL;DR I plan to work while applying for a PhD. How much of my PhD application plans do I have to disclose?
My life story:
I was born in, can work in and am a citizen of country C (C for Current). After birth, I stayed in country C for about 10 years and then for financial difficulties moved to country P (P for Previous) where I am also a citizen because both my parents are citizens of country P.
After our financial difficulties decreased, we moved back to country C. At the time I was in the middle of my undergraduate studies so I was still studying in country P although my younger siblings already moved to country C to study. I also continued studying in country P for my master's degree which I finished this year.
Now I am living in country C. I am planning to apply for a PhD program here in country C or in other countries. In line with this, I plan to take an exam sometime November or December. I might take another exam sometime March or April.
I also want to work while I am applying for PhD programs and then leave the job soon after I get accepted to a PhD program. I have already sent out resumes.
If I were asked where I see myself 5 years from now, do I have to disclose my PhD plans? I have already formulated an answer that is technically true but avoids disclosing my PhD plans, but if I don't disclose my PhD plans and then I have to ask for a day off to take an exam, what do I say?