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When I was doing my PhD we were known as Post Graduate Researchers - which is indeed what we were doing. In my country (UK) PhD candidates occupy a funny grey area between 'student' and 'real job'. Sometimes it can be advantageous to refer to yourself as a student (e.g. you don't pay council tax) and other times it is better to refer to yourself as a ...


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I understand that the answer might not help 3 years ago but I share from my own experience. Maybe someone else will need it. I have 20+ years of experience too. I was never explicitly "accused" of being overqualified, but I was occasionally asked: "Why did you do programming AFTER you were a project manager?". On one hand, I think that ...


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