Recently I got a PhD and moved into industry. So far, at least three different people have asked me if my job is related to my PhD research.
My PhD research was on privacy; specifically, ways to violate privacy. Unfortunately, my job is very related. But I am not allowed to say that since it reflects poorly on the company.
How do I answer the question without looking suspicious or violating confidentiality? I feel like the possible answers are
- "Yes" => this violates my NDA
- "No" => this is a flat-out lie
- "I don't want to talk about it" => then they're just going to get super suspicious.