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Q&A With a Top Intern from a Top Internship Program

In recent weeks, I have focused on the internship program at Northwestern Mutual-a firm that has featured in our list of our Top 10 internship programs every year since its inception. We have seen what goes into making the program, and also found out what it's like to participate in the program. Read More >

Can Business Leaders Step Up and End the Skills Crisis?

With around 9 million unemployed people in the country, you'd think that U.S. firms would have no problem filling the 3 million or so open positions that are currently available. But you'd be wrong: despite the 3 to 1 ratio of jobseekers to unfilled jobs, many firms can't find people with the requisite skills to fill the positions they have. As a new report points out, that's not just a problem for those firms-the mismatch is causing the entire economy to cover. Read More >

What's It Like to Be an Intern on a Top Internship Program?

As a consistent member in our list of top internship programs, it's fair to say that Northwestern Mutual must be doing something right. Here, we take a look at some of the answers from Northwestern's respondents on this year's internship experience survey. What they have to say underlines just how highly-regarded the program is. Read More >

Culture & Inclusion: Building a Career at Deloitte

When it comes to choosing a firm to work for, culture consistently comes up as a major factor among the employees that we survey. In this post, Carlos Robles, an AERS Advisory Senior Consultant in Deloitte & Touche LLP's San Jose office, discusses how the firm's culture and inclusion policies have helped him to build a career there-and how that started during his internship with the firm in college. Read More >

Egg Freezing Perk: Latest Proof That Women Can’t Have It All?

The announcement this week from Apple and Facebook that they will offer egg freezing as a workplace benefit sparked a variety of mixed reactions, and understandably so. On the one hand such a move seems like major progress for workplace equality: Women can have it all, and if they are reaching a certain age and want to put pregnancy and child-rearing on hold, their employers will support them. Read More >

Big Presentation? 7 Tips To Help You Take Risks and Wow Your Audience

Anyone who has ever seen the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" will remember that, while Matthew Broderick played the lead, the show was (almost) stolen by Ben Stein's portrayal of a boring, monotonous, soul-sucking Economics teacher. He delivered his lines ("Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?") as if he had been lobotomized, and his students sat there suffering through his droning, willing themselves to stay awake. (His lecture on the Smoot-Hawley Tarrif Act was particularly dreadful. Read More >

Pre-Hire Vacations: The Perk of the Future?

Are "pre-cations" set to become the next new trend among employers trying to distinguish themselves from the pack? A recent Slate article highlights a couple of Silicon Valley firms-42 Floors and Atlassian-that have begun providing a vacation to new hires ahead of their start date. That's right: the firms start paying employees two weeks before they expect them to show up for work. Read More >

McKinsey Named Top Consulting Firm to Work For in Europe

The results of our final consulting rankings for the year are in, and once again it is McKinsey that has dominated the prestige and Best to Work For categories in Europe-with Bain also emerging (surprise!) as one of the best firms to work for in the region (as both firms are wherever they operate). Read More >

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 >

Why Are Wall Street Women So Unsatisfied?

Last week I examined how much better Ivy League grads have it on Wall Street compared to non-Ivy Leaguers. This week I turn to women vs. men-specifically to women and men at the two most prestigious investment banks on the planet: Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. I was curious to see, parsing our latest Banking Survey data, the difference between how men and women at GS and MS rate their respective firms in various workplace categories. Read More >

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