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Q&A with a Stanford Grad Who Founded Her Own Venture Capital Firm

Jennifer Carolan, co-founder and general partner at Reach Newschools Capital, is also a former managing partner at NewSchools Venture Fund.  VAULT: Can you tell us a little about yourself? What made you want to enter this career?  CAROLAN: Growing up in Chicago, I didn't know about venture capital. I only learned about it in graduate school at Stanford University when I heard Kim Smith, the founder of NewSchools Venture Fund, speak. Read More >

Should You Get Your MBA in Europe?

There's an interesting post over on Quartz today about a growing trend of US students heading across the pond to get their MBAs in Europe. The reason? Well, there are 3 of them covered in the article: 1) Favorable exchange rates mean that your dollar buys more Euro or Pound-denominated education than it did a couple of years ago. 2) Many European programs are 1-year rather than 2, which reduces both lifestyle (residence, food, etc.) and opportunity costs. Read More >

25 Financial Consulting Interview Questions

Got an interview with a consulting firm that specializes in financial consulting? Or thinking about applying for a position with one? Either way, you'll probably want some idea of what you're likely to be asked in the interview. Good news: we've got you covered, with sample questions from people who have either recently been through the process with the top firms in the financial consulting field, or who conduct interviews for their firms. Read More >

The Biggest Mistake You're Making on LinkedIn

LinkedIn has undergone several changes and updates since its inception, but it's still considered to be essential for jobseekers. A recent Forbes article notes that both jobseekers and hiring managers view LinkedIn as a primary tool. And most career advisers recommend that everyone, from emerging professional to seasoned executive, should have a LinkedIn profile. And it's this very profile that's the most important tool that LinkedIn offers. Read More >

Why Millennials Refuse to Work for Big Banks

It's that time of year again: when private equity firms start poaching investment banking analysts with less than 10 months of experience on the job. "These kids don't even know where the restroom is yet," a recruiting coordinator at one of the big U.S. banking firms told me recently, "and they're already signing contracts to leave." PE poachers aside, Wall Street banks have bigger problems on their hands: they're losing talent to the tech industry. Read More >

10 Tips for Answering Consulting Case Questions Successfully

If you're interested in a career in the consulting industry, the case interview is an unavoidable fact of life: at some point, you're going to have to prove that you have the ability to break down a business problem on the fly. And even if you've got your methodologies down pat, it's possible to mess up the basics in a pressure situation. Here are a handful of tips-excerpted from the 2015 edition of Vault's  Guide to the Case Interview-that will help to keep you focused. 1. Read More >

6 Tips for Writing Better Cover Letters

Once you have the cover letter basics down-you generally know what to include in a cover letter, what not to include, how long it should be, what it's used for, who reads it, how you should address it, how you should sign off-then you're ready for some specific writing advice that will make your cover letter the best it can be. To that end, here are six tips to get you started writing, through the rough patches, and across the cover letter finish line.  1. Read More >

What to Expect on Your Consulting Internship

It's that time of year: you've either landed a summer internship or are deep into the application process. And, if you're anything like me, your thoughts are already starting to turn towards the day-to-day realities of what you'll be doing for the summer-and maybe panicking a little about what to expect. How many hours will you be working? What's the dress code like? Am I even cut out for this job? How will I possibly stand out enough to get a full-time offer? Read More >

Are Flexible Hours Helping or Hurting Us?

For better or worse, we can now work anywhere. We carry smartphones and tablets with us everywhere. There's nowhere our employers and clients can't reach us. And there's nowhere we can't reach our employers and clients. Some of us like this arrangement. We can get home in time to have dinner with our children. We can meet our significant others and Tinder dates for happy hour. We can attend our daughter's basketball games, our friends' engagement parties. Read More >

8 Steps for Getting an Internship

You are in college, you want an internship for this summer, and you do not yet have anything firmly lined up. So what should you do?  1. Keep Prospecting: Until you have an offer in writing, you must keep prospecting. Verbal conversations that say 'we are going to offer you a role,' or 'we are working on it,'don't count and are NOT binding. You only have one, 'this summer.' Keep hunting until you have a solid offer. 2. Read More >

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