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Why Sports are Worth Talking About at Work

Andrew Faircloth and Brent Macon were management consultants for three years (Andrew with Bain & Co., Brent with McKinsey & Co.). They started Primer Sports in August to help outgoing professionals use sports to connect with people in the workplace and beyond. Both are first-time entrepreneurs. Read More >

Is Wall Street Getting Less Diverse?

Recently, I wrote about the improving work/life balance and work hours on Wall Street. To recap: based on Vault's latest Banking Survey of 3,000 investment banking professionals, respondents rated their work/life balance and satisfaction with respect to work hours much better than they did last year. In fact, nearly across the board, in 19 of 20 quality of life categories in which we asked bankers to rate their own firms, scores were higher this year versus last. Read More >

Are Associate Cubicles the Next BigLaw Trend?

New associates at Paul Hastings' New York office are in for a novel seating arrangement when the firm moves into its new digs next year: cubicles.  Although newer associates at New York law firms often share offices with one of their peers, Paul Hastings' first- and second-year associates will be seated in pods of 12 in large areas on the ends of floors, separated from the rest of the office by glass dividers in what the firm is calling "end zones. Read More >

Mentors: Your Most Valuable Career Asset?

Who has influenced how you behave in a work environment?  Was it a parent or close family member providing advice you took to heart? Did a professor or community leader have a quality that you've strived to emulate ever since? Or maybe, you had a horrible manager reveal exactly what you shouldn't be doing in the workplace so you portray yourself in the opposite fashion? Read More >

9 Interview Questions Hedge Funds Ask (and How to Answer Them)

Interview questions at hedge funds can vary depending on the type of job you're seeking. But one thing holds true across the industry: Interviewing at hedge funds is demanding. This is due to the massive amounts of money at stake; hedge funds look to hire only the best of the best to manage their money.  Before any hedge fund interview, you of course need to do your research. Read More >

Day in the Life of a New York City School Teacher

Clara Lin is a first grade school teacher in New York City. Lin always knew that she wanted to work in the field of education, but she wasn't sure exactly what she wanted to do, so she decided not to pursue the traditional undergraduate path to teacher certification. After graduating from college, she decided to look for a position in adult education and soon found a position at a nonprofit teaching English to adult students from all over the world. Read More >

The Best Consulting Firms to Work For 2016

I'm delighted to announce the release of the 2016 Vault Best Consulting Firms to Work For rankings for North America-the most comprehensive ranking of employers in the consulting industry that you can find anywhere. Read More >

Could "Dumber" Lawyers Actually Be Good for the Legal Profession?

The most recent edition of Bloomberg Businessweek asks a provocative question: Are lawyers getting dumber?  The question comes from a recent spat between the head of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and several law school deans and officials.  The NCBE, which administers the multiple-choice section of the state bar exams in every state save Louisiana, reported last year that scores on the exam had the largest single year drop in its four decade history. Read More >

What We Brag About When We Brag About Long Hours

I have a friend who's a serial entrepreneur and whose latest entrepreneurial venture, his tenth or eleventh, has proven to be "the charm." Previously, he ran businesses in real estate, apparel, and hospitality; some of which did well, while others went bust quickly. But his latest, in health and wellness, has made him a millionaire. That is, now, for the first time in his career, he's earning north of $1 million a year. Read More >

3 Ways Law Students Can Become More Confident Communicators

Conventional wisdom says law school is all about training students to think and act like a "lawyer." However, in a changing world, transitioning from law student to lawyer requires skills that are not easily found in classrooms or case books. These soft skills are not just important for aspiring lawyers - they're essential. Perhaps the most important of these soft skills is public speaking. Read More >

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