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How to Survive B-School

When it comes to surviving and thriving at B-School, the following infographic from contributor JT Ripton has a lot of sound advice. Says Ripton: "If you're looking to increase your employability and advance your career, continuing your education is a natural choice. You can build on your bachelor's degree and gain valuable skills for nearly any industry with an MBA. MBA courses are designed to help you hone your critical thinking skills and become a stronger problem solver. Read More >

Employee Reviews: What Are They Good For?

When was the last time that you had an employee review? Now ask yourself the same question, but tack on the words "that served any purpose beyond paper-pushing" to the end. Do you still get the same answer? If not, you're not alone: according to a recent Wall Street Journal piece, many companies are finally coming to a realization that their employees had a long time ago: most employee review systems are terrible. Read More >

Are Longer Hours Pointless?

Several of the industries that we cover here at Vault are plagued by cultures where 70+ hours per week are common. Folks in law, finance, and consulting regularly report difficulties with trying to balance their working hours and, well, anything else in their life that doesn't involve work. (I'm leaving out accountants for now-while they undoubtedly work long hours during peak periods, I'm assuming they're all still catching some post-tax day shuteye. Read More >

Has the Income Gap's Moment Finally Arrived in the U.S.?

"There's something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker."-Hillary Clinton, yesterday, in Iowa. I include that quote not as any sort of endorsement of Hillary's nascent campaign, but rather as an indication that wages-and specifically the gap between the highest earners and the lowest-finally seems to have punctured the political consciousness of at least one of the most likely candidates for the presidency. Read More >

Save the Planet by Working from Home?

Working remotely isn't just good for your company-a fact touched on by my colleague in these pages a couple of days ago-it's also good for the planet. According to an Earth Day-timed press release from FlexJobs, telecommuting policies at just three companies-Xerox, Dell and Aetna-"cumulatively saved 95.294 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions last year-equivalent to taking 20,000 passenger vehicles off the road. Read More >

The Best MBA Program for Consultants

Want to work for a top consulting firm? And by, "top", I mean, one of the top 5 firms on Vault's annual consulting list-the crème de la crème of the industry, the firms where you spend a few years before going on to work for, potentially wind up running, some of the biggest names in business? What's that? You do? Well, then, the NY Times has the secret formula you're looking for: "Go to Kellogg School of Management." OK, so there are a couple of catches. Read More >

Top 5 In-Demand Skills You Can Learn Online

Don't take this personally, but no matter the career path you've chosen, your skills are quickly becoming obsolete. With the speed at which technology is advancing and the business landscape is changing, new skills are becoming in demand at a lightning-fast pace. Ten years ago, could you have imagined getting hired as a social media manager or a Node.js programmer? Not likely-these job titles and the skills associated with them didn't even exist. Read More >

Why Are Women in the US Less Likely to Work?

The issues of equal rights and pay for women in the workplace have been making headlines in recent weeks, along with the related issue of parental leave and benefits. Read More >

5 Tips for Planning Your Next Presentation

Planning your next big presentation can be as simple as A. B. C. D. E. What do I mean by that? In this video, I explain the five things that you need to keep in mind (scroll down for the transcript):   Planning your next big presentation can be as simple as A. B. C. D. E. What do I mean by that? Here are the five things that you need to keep in mind: A stands for Affective: How do I want my audience to feel while I'm presenting to them and after I've left the room? Read More >

Consultants LOVE Hooking Up With Colleagues

Maybe it's the office hopping lifestyle? When it comes to office romance, consultants are one of the most permissive groups of employees around. Just 1% of consultants who took our office romance survey indicated that they thought romances between coworkers were never acceptable, while 31% claim that any kind of office fling is acceptable-even those between bosses and subordinates. Read More >

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