/ Asked by Angela
I am planning on getting a PhD part-time while working. Should I mention this in during the interview or will it make me look like the job would not be my number 1 priority?
Answered by Patricia, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Monday, June 18, 2018
It's best to be transparent with an employer from the beginning, especially if your course schedule can impact your work schedule. Make sure to share your story behind why you're pursuing a PhD and how it will add to you being an asset to the company. Best of luck pursuing your PhD and part-time employment!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, June 25, 2018
Though I agree with the previous poster that transparency is best, make sure when you bring it up the context is relevant.  Manage the narrative on it...you are pursuing an advanced degree because you have drive and initiative.  You have a thirst for knowledge that you bring to all your endeavors, including working part time for an organization. 

If they aren't hiring for a full time role, the likelihood that an organization expects the part time gig to be your #1 Priority is pretty slim.  But that doesn't mean you need to point it out to them that they are lower on the priority list. 

You've got this! Best of Luck!
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