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10 Tips for International Students Entering the U.S. Workforce

With graduation fast approaching at universities across the country, many international students will be entering the U.S workforce for the first time. If you're one of these students, you might have a fair amount of anxiety around joining the U.S workforce, especially if you're not used to working with Americans. Depending on the culture in which you grew up, Americans might seem aggressive. And depending on how reserved you are, you might worry about "fitting in. Read More >

A Guide to Changing Careers

What do you want to be when you grow up?  We change our answer as we get older.  As kids, we went from wanting to be cowboys to then changing our answers to include police officers, astronauts, and rocket scientists. As we got older, our career options didn't just become more realistic, but adapted based on our particular skill set. This isn't to say that we stop changing our minds, even as we grow older. Read More >

Key Ingredients for Startup Success

For every Instagram, there are nine Friendsters. That is, nine out of 10 startups fail. Although what it takes for startups to succeed is thought to be more art than science, a study conducted by the venture capital firm First Round found that certain factors seem to be strongly correlated with startup success. The study, called the 10 Year Project, looked at 300 startups and 600 startup founders. Read More >

The Best Decision You Can Make Early in Your Career

As I've written before, achieving financial independence should be one of your major career goals-no matter what field you enter. Unfortunately, getting there is elusive to most, and it shouldn't be, provided you start early enough in your career, and remain focused. The story that follows breaks down the biggest component to get you to your financial freedom. Read More >

13 Tips to Make the Most of Your Summer BigLaw Internship

"What can I do to make sure I get a job offer at the end of the summer?" As the co-head of hiring for Dechert's New York office and in my past roles on the hiring committees of two other international firms, I have been asked this question by law school students a lot. And while I always give the best answer that I can, the question I think incoming summer associates should really be asking (and which I have yet to hear) is how they can make the most of their summer BigLaw internships. Read More >

Best Commencement Speeches of All Time

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The Studly Second Careers of American Pharoah and Jared Leto

I'm rarely this forward, but since there are so many fine-looking sentences in Joe Drape's New York Times article about the second career (that is, the stud life) of Triple Crown Winner American Pharaoh, I'm going to require that you read it in its entirety right this very instant (if you haven't yet clicked on the aforementioned link, you can do so now). Read More >

How to Prepare for a Phone Interview

"I had my phone interview today and I don't think they will be calling me back for a second interview," my friend said in a text. "Why? What happened," I responded. "I froze," she responded.  "I prepared, but it was awkward and I ended up forgetting everything. And I couldn't tell their reaction.  The call lasted 10 minutes.  I could tell it didn't go well." My friend is in a contract position and is coming up on the end of her current assignment. Read More >

How to Make Your Degree Stand Out

This time of year, many of us start to focus our efforts on shedding winter weight, inspired by the desire to get "pool ready." We devour articles on the latest 30-day planking challenge, how to train for your first 5K or what new crunch to do to get your abs to "pop." Each time I read these, I often think back to a chemistry professor who would say, "A calorie is a calorie is a calorie! Read More >

Why Using Social Media Is Essential to Your Career—And How Best to Use It

Today, freelancers comprise 34 percent (53 million people) of the U.S. workforce. This percentage is expected to rise to 40 percent by 2020, meaning more people will be joining the "gig" economy in the next four years, and so more and more people will be independent contractors and thus moving between short-term positions.  In this new environment, jobs will not be filled via resumes alone. Read More >

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