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Are Boutiques Replacing the Bulge Bracket as Most Prestigious on the Street?

Long before the subprime mortgage-backed securities hit the fan, a handful of relatively small investment banking firms, often referred to as boutiques, regularly competed with the likes of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley for talent. There was Stephen Schwarzman's Blackstone Group, perhaps best known for its private equity offerings, although for decades its advisory unit has been well known for winning big deals and recruiting top-tier talent from top-tier schools. Read More >

Newsflash: You Can Still Be Fired for Smoking Legal Weed

A cautionary tale out of Washington for those of you who can't wait to get your hands on some legal marijuana: one of the first people ever to legally buy pot in the Evergreen State has been fired by his employer, after being spotted on the news purchasing his bud. Mike Boyer, a 30-year old security guard and committed pursuer of altered states of mind, made history when he became the first legal buyer of pot in his hometown of Spokane, Wash. Read More >

Where the Jobs Are in Solar and Wind Energy

Although the Captivate elevator news service typically flashes useless facts like how long Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spent editing their wedding photo they later Instagrammed (four days), every once in a while it will offer up an interesting, important piece of news. Recently, I came across this brow-raising headline somewhere in between the thirteenth and seventeenth floors: "Germany now gets 50 percent of its electricity from solar energy. Read More >

How to Get a Job in Consulting

Looking for some tips on how to find a job in the incredibly competitive landscape of the consulting industry? Who better to ask than a a recently-hired consultant, then? James Ozturk recently graduated from Boston University with a degree in Economics and Engineering. As a newcomer to the U.S., he had the added disadvantage of starting his search without a robust network in place, and without any consulting experience to speak of. Read More >

Has President Obama Solved the Student Loan Crisis?

If you're one of the millions of current or soon-to-be college graduates who are struggling under the burden of student debt, there's some good news: relief is on the way. The reason: an executive order from President Obama that extends the ability to cap student loan repayments at 10 percent of your monthly income, with forgiveness of any remaining balance after 20 years (or 10 years, if you go to work in the public sector). Read More >

How to Answer a Dreaded Interview Question

You've tailored your cover letter and resume and now you've landed that interview. Great! Now it's time to prep. While you may be prepared to answer questions about your resume and past experiences, there are often questions that you would rather not answer. One question that makes many job hunters uncomfortable is the dreaded "What's your [fill in standardized test here] score?" No matter the poison, LSAT, GMAT, SAT, etc. Read More >

Prestige, Money, or Google Didn’t Hire Me: Why Do Ivy League Grads Really Work on Wall Street?

If you've accepted a job with a Wall Street bank or are considering working for one in the near future, you'll want to listen to what Kevin Roose has to say. Roose is the author of "Young Money," a book detailing his time following eight investment bankers described as "a searing portrait of confused kids getting what they thought they wanted and, in most cases, finding themselves truly miserable, and even a little broken by the experience. Read More >

Harvard Class of ’14: The Interesting, the Disappointing, the Disturbing

Each year, the Harvard Crimson surveys Harvard seniors, asking them a variety of questions about their future plans of employment and their time at the revered institution of so-called higher learning. This year, the survey produced several interesting results, in addition to some disappointing results, as well as some disturbing results. In any case, first let's talk about the interesting results. Read More >

A MOOC For Career Success

There are lots of online courses out there that could, theoretically, help you on your way to career success, especially if you're looking to pick up new skills (in fact, I wrote about one of them here). Typically, though, there's a drawback-the skills you acquire after a few weeks of online study tend to be fairly rudimentary, and require practice and use before you can confidently sell yourself on them in the job search process. Read More >

How to Get an Internship According to Headhunters

Headhunters are highly specialized and educated individuals that stay abreast of the job market and are enlisted by employers to find the right candidate for a certain position. Headhunters know about recruiting, compensation packages, and how candidates should present themselves to employers-what to say, do, and think in order to land a job. But what valuable insights do they have about securing an internship? Read More >

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