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Pluses and Minuses of Working in Private Equity

Since the turn of the century, the private equity industry has grown tremendously. Today, private equity firms worldwide manage some $3.8 trillion in assets, up from "only" $716 billion in December 2000. Broadly defined, private equity is an investment in a nonpublic entity or private company. The majority of the firms that invest in private equity (some 3,300) are headquartered in the U.S. Read More >

10 Most Encouraging Workplace Developments of 2015

Of all the career and workplace-related news and developments I followed this year, here are the 10 I believe to be the most encouraging, to current and future members of the Great American Workforce. 10. Read More >

Nine Questions Every Law Student Should Ask Themselves After Their First Year

Getting through your first year of law school is an achievement you should be proud of for the rest of your life. The good news is that it gets considerably easier from here. After your first summer-which you've hopefully spent at school, an internship, or a legal job-you will enter your second year of law school far more prepared to deal with the pressures of being a law student. You can also start making some choices that will help you prepare for a career in litigation. Read More >

Here's Where the Journalism Jobs Are

The good folks over at Pew Research Center recently published an in-depth analysis of the make-up of the Washington Press Corp, including details of how it compares to 2009. No, wait, don't leave yet: as niche as that might sound as a topic, it's something that should be of interest to anyone who cares about where our news comes from--and especially if a career in the media is something that you've grown up with a burning desire to pursue. Read More >

Top 5 Skills Needed For a Job in Software Development

Software development is one of those areas that seems a mystery to those outside it. Coding, by definition, is another language, and by nature it excludes those who don't understand it. So you end up with confusion as to what skills are actually needed to work in such a field. But many of the talents of a software developer are transferable into other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, since problem solving is the discipline's primary purpose. Read More >

A 1L's Guide to Landing a Summer Associateship

You are a first-year law student, your exposure to the practice of law has been minimal, you have few, if any, discernable legal skills, and the substance of your first semester curriculum has, on a practical level, prepared you for precious little. You're hired! Odd as it may seem, a good number of employers, particularly law firms, are fully cognizant that 1Ls lack the legal background necessary to contribute to their bottom line but are equally ready to hired them. Read More >

Secrets to Success of Best Wall Street Bank You've Never Heard of (Unless You Work on Wall Street)

Evercore, which recently ranked No. 4 in the Vault Banking 50 and took the No. 1 spot in Vault's 50 Best Internships, has been killing it in 2015. Its stock has risen 600 percent higher than the S&P 500. Its net revenues are up nearly 40 percent. It promoted more employees than ever in its history. And it had its hands all over the largest technology deal of all time. What's Evercore's secret to success? Read More >

Are Student Loan Repayments the New Killer Perk?

Whoever is doing PR for Natixis Global Asset Management should get a holiday bonus: a new employment perk aimed at millennials has earned the firm more positive press this week than any HR-related story since that guy who set his firm's minimum wage at $70,000. In case you missed it: Natixis announced that it was going to start contributing up to $10,000 towards student loan debt for every employee who had been at the firm for at least five years. Read More >

Leaving the Law: An Interview with Brewery Founder Eric Feldman

Eric Feldman is the co-founder and President of Brooklyn-based Braven Brewing Company, a former BigLaw associate, and (full disclosure) a student of mine when I was a legal research and writing TA back in law school.  Earlier this year Eric (the guy on the left) left BigLaw behind to go full time at his growing brewery.  Eric was gracious enough to answer my questions about his legal practice and transitioning away from the law. Vault: What initially drew you to practicing law? Read More >

Wall Street's First CHO (Chief Health Officer) and the Benefits of Leaving Work at 7

It makes pretty good sense to me that a healthier worker is a more productive worker. Fewer sick days, fewer cigarette breaks, fewer chocolate donut breaks, more effective when not on break, etc. It also makes good sense to me that if you nearly die from working too much and/or hitting the fatty tuna and Sapporo too hard that you should alter the amount you work, amount you eat and drink, and amount of time you spend on physical exercise. Read More >

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