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Is the Student Loan System on the Brink of Destruction?

In news that will bring hope to the heart of many a debt-saddled millennial, a federal court in Boston is currently considering an appeal by someone who is hoping to be able to break the decades-old restriction on discharging student loan debt in bankruptcy. If the court finds in the favor of 65-year old Robert Murphy, allowing him to discharge more than a quarter of a million dollars of student debt, there are potentially massive ramifications for the student loan industry as a whole. Read More >

Rihanna, Hillary, and JLaw: Hardworking Women of the Week

Although there were many haters (in the comments section) of filmmaker and author Miranda July's New York Times piece on music icon Rihanna, I found it to be one of the better celebrity interviews I've come across in a long time. And what struck me most about the interview, along with the satirical approach July seemed to take when executing the all too often bland and formulaic celebrity Q&A, was the fact that Rihanna is likely working harder than all of us. Read More >

Why Negotiation is a Crucial Career Skill

When we think of the skills necessary to be successful in business there are quite a few things that come to mind. Maintaining good business relations, the ability to make tough decisions quickly, maybe even organization all come to mind. Although all of these traits are extremely important to keeping a business in the green, many people tend to forget another critical business skill: negotiation. Read More >

Career and Life Advice from Glamsquad CEO and Gilt Co-Founder

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, the subject of the latest New York Times Corner Office column, is a Harvard graduate and former investment banker turned very successful entrepreneur. She co-founded the wildly successful online discount retailer Gilt, and is now on her second venture with Glamsquad, an app that sells beauty products. Read More >

7 Networking Tips for Making Stronger Connections

Networking is all about building connections. These connections can open up opportunities, promote your personal "brand" even if you aren't actively looking for a new position, and help build life-long personal and professional friendships. Using an intelligent approach to networking, whether you're at a casual social-hour type of event or attending a conference, alumni event, or trade show, can produce the best results. Read More >

The Best Consulting Firms in Europe, 2016

I'm delighted to announce that the Vault's 2016 European Consulting Rankings are now live! Marking our final set of consulting rankings for the year-we released North America and Asia-Pacific in August and September respectively -it's wonderful to be able to report that all three rankings were based on significantly higher survey responses than in previous years, from a higher number of participating firms than ever before. Read More >

Accelerated JD Programs Aren't Innovative Enough to Succeed

When Northwestern announced their Accelerated JD program in 2008, the law school touted their new program as an innovation that would "minimize opportunity costs and maximize learning for high achievers eager to resume their careers."  But last week Northwestern abruptly ended the program after only six years, citing the inability to grow the pool of applicants enough to make supporting the program economically viable. Read More >

7 Interview Questions You Need to Nail to Work in Wealth Management

With banks like Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse focusing more and more on wealth management as opposed to traditional investment banking, jobs in wealth management (also known as private banking or private wealth management) are becoming more and more prestigious and lucrative. As for interviews at most wealth management firms (or at units of bigger banks), you should expect to receive thoughtful, structured questions and expect that your answers will be scrutinized carefully. Read More >

Where the Tech Jobs Are and Aren't

The West Coast has Silicon Valley. The East Coast has Silicon Alley. So what would you call a tech hub on the Third Coast? The Silicon Freeway? Silicon Pot-holed Avenue? I ask because Amazon believes that Detroit-America's new favorite underdog-can become the next big technology hub. In fact, the company's moving several hundred jobs to the Motor City in the next year. Amazon, the online retailer, said it would establish a technology hub on several floors of the 150 W. Read More >

6 Creative Ways to Handle Workplace Stress

We can all agree that work is stressful. Even if you have the best position in the world, you're still susceptible to organizational stress. There are multiple ways to handle stress while you're at work, but like football, the best defense is a good offense. As far as I'm concerned, when it comes to stress, creativity is the best offense. Read More >


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