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3 Strategies to Make You a Better Public Speaker

Author and presidential speechwriter James Humes once commented, "Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership." Talk about pressure! Let's face it: if every single time you get ready to share your proposal, pitch, or project with your colleagues, clients or boss you think to yourself, "This is an audition for my professional future, so don't blow it, dammit!" you're likely to buckle under the pressure. Or just decide to keep your mouth shut. Read More >

Is Harvard Worth It?

It may seem like an alternate universe in which a list of the nation's top colleges does not include Harvard in its top five, and the top two-Babson College and Webb Institute-are ones you may have never heard of. This is what Money magazine's best colleges list looks like, and the reason it is so different from traditional college rankings is the emphasis it places on tuition costs as compared to post-college earnings. Read More >

"Don't Choose this Firm!" What the Unhappiest Consultants Say About Their Companies

As we gear up for the launch of the 2014-15 Vault Consulting rankings later this month, I've been spending a lot of time with the data collected from our survey, trying to figure out what makes the top firms different from the others in the industry. The answer to that question: happy employees-and lots of them. For more than that, you'll have to check back in when we launch the rankings on August 19th! Read More >

Which M.B.A. Programs Do Employers Really Want to See on Your Resume?

Much ado is often made over which business schools are the "best" or the "most prestigious," but status and self-importance won't pay those student loans. The U.S. News & World Report's data showed that having Harvard, Stanford or Penn emblazoned across the top of an M.B.A. did not necessarily lead to employment for 2013 graduates. In fact, no schools in U.S. Read More >

A Cheaper Way to Add Harvard Business School to Your Resume

There's nothing like the name of a top business school to make your resume more appealing to employers-which is probably why so many people are tempted to lie about it. Even for those who have the acumen and ability to cope with the workload, there are a couple of major drawbacks to signing up for an MBA: namely the cost, and the time out of the workforce. Read More >

Dear Class of 2013

Dear Class of 2013, I know what you're thinking. 'Why didn't I just drop out of high school, create a simple blog service, then sell the darn thing to a company down on its luck for a you-know-what's-cool one billion dollars?'  No, seriously. College is much more than a path to gainful unemployment. It's about connecting with your peers. Read More >

Cracking the Case Question: Advice from the World's Best

Case questions are a critical part of preparing for life as a consultant-not only are they a major component of the course load at many MBA programs, they are often used as a means of testing job candidates at the interview stage. Being able to quickly and efficiently handle a case question, then, is critical. Read More >

College Recruiting: Which Industries Are Hiring?

Is the job market for MBAs starting to show signs of life? The most recent recruiting survey from the MBA Career Services Council (MBA CSC) seems to suggest that it is-with business schools across the nation reporting an uptick in on-campus recruitment activity across a variety of industry sectors. According to the MBA CSC Fall 2012 Recruiting Survey report, some 45 percent of respondents reported an increase in on-campus recruiting activity compared to the same period in the previous year. Read More >

Is an M.B.A. Worth It?

It's the start of grad school application season and, like clockwork, the debate has rolled around again: is it even worth it to spend the next two years of your life pursuing the opportunity to put three little letters on your resume? Once upon a time, the answer was a no-brainer: if you could get into an M.B.A. program, you did it, and came out the other side with a license to pick your job and print money. Read More >

Liberal Arts Major? Don't Despair

So called "soft" major get a bad rap. But English, Communications, and Medieval Literature majors shouldn't panic-there are plenty of pluses to a degree of the basket weaving variety. Chances are you're a better communicator, a critical thinker, and you can more easily see the big picture among a lot of little details. After all, it's what you do when you read a tough literary novel and write an essay about its major themes or cultural significance. Read More >

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