I quit my PhD in physics about a year and a half ago. I started school in 2011, got my token Masters in 2013, and passed my quals. I then did about 2.5 years of research, mostly coding, to verify the theoretical models my advisor and I were working on.
This actually turned me on to high performance computing. Combine this with a distaste for poverty and I jumped ship to be a software engineer. Now I'm looking at a promotion and I'm trying to get credit for my time working as a developer for my advisor. HR "requires" 3 years of professional experience for promotion to the level I'm trying to achieve.
Can I spin the time as a sort of free lance dev? If so, how? I refuse to let HR dismiss this developmental time of my career.