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Forget Goldman and McKinsey, Take a Gap Year Instead

Australians and Europeans have been taking them for decades, and now the practice of taking gap years-ditching the workforce or school for a short time and instead living and working abroad-is catching on in the U.S. And studies show that it might in fact help academic and job performance. Many academic experts argue that a gap year improves students' performance later on, makes them more mature and more independent. Read More >

We Have a Verdict: Poor Lawyers are Happier

The streets of New York City are filled this week with men and women in caps and gowns, ready to receive their diplomas and perhaps ambivalent about plunging head-first into the real world. Graduation speakers around the country are giving the usual speech accented with their own personal flourishes: do what you love. The last such speech I heard in person was at Wharton's MBA graduation in May 2012. Dr. Oz was the speaker. Read More >

Advice to Graduates: Finding Meaning in Timeless Words of Wisdom

Beyond some laughs and too much sun, I don't remember much about my college graduation. That's not to say there weren't compelling words of wisdom to send us into the world, but as I'm sure many of us have, I often hear the same advice over and over. As a soon-to-be Master of Higher Education, I interact with students on a daily basis and I often catch myself giving them the exact same advice that I had heard so many times it started to lose meaning. Read More >

Wall Street’s Return: Wonderful or Frightful?

It's official: Wall Street's back. That is, the banking industry is just about back to where it was before the financial crisis of 2008 with respect to both profits and staffing. And so, depending on where you stand, the Return of Wall Street is either a sugary sequel to a superhero blockbuster, or a gory sequel to a frightening slasher flick. Read More >

57-Year-Old Proves It’s Never Too Late to Work for a Start-up

Not all start-up employees are unshaven twenty-somethings who wear T-Shirts, sneakers, and jeans to the office. In fact, some are unshaven fifty-somethings who wear T-shirts, sneakers, and jeans to the office. One such employee is Jerry Weiss, a former Citi and JPMorgan Chase banker who, at 57, is by far the oldest-and most experienced-employee of a New York-based start-up called Bond Street. Read More >

9 Tips for Breaking Into Advertising

The final episode of the final season of AMC's Mad Men airs this Sunday night. Read More >

The State of the Graduate Job Market (Infographic)

It's graduation season, which means that it's also that time of year where you start seeing lots of articles about the most inspiring graduation speeches, along with the occasional piece on how this generation is, like, the least well-equipped for the workforce, like, everrrrr. Turns out, though, that the disdain runs both ways: Accenture's most recent U.S. College Graduate Employment study finds that just 15% of graduating students this year want to work for a large company. Read More >

What to Get the Graduating Student Who Needs Everything

As the college student in your life graduates to the "real world," there's a lot they'll need to make a smooth transition. Suddenly thrust into a life of job-searching and apartment-hunting, they'll likely be spending the next few months collecting the things-and skills-they'll need to survive as an official adult. While cash and gift cards can certainly help them on their way, these aren't the most original or thoughtful gifts. Read More >

A Company with No Managers—How Would You Fare?

For those of us who cover careers, Zappos and its CEO Tony Hsieh are more than watchwords for hassle-free shoe-shopping: they're consistently pushing the boundaries of organizational design. In other words they're at the forefront of defining what it means to be a company, and an employee, in the age we live in-with Hsieh assuming the role of one of the leading org design thinkers of that age. Read More >

In Interviews, Heart and Brains Beats Experience

One of JetBlue Chairman Joel Peterson's guiding principles when it comes to hiring has been looking for heart and brains, at the expense of work experience. Peterson, who is also a former CEO of real estate giant Trammell Crow and who has taught for several years at Stanford Business School, is the subject of the latest New York Times Corner Office column. Read More >

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