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Why Sports are Worth Talking About at Work

Andrew Faircloth and Brent Macon were management consultants for three years (Andrew with Bain & Co., Brent with McKinsey & Co.). They started Primer Sports in August to help outgoing professionals use sports to connect with people in the workplace and beyond. Both are first-time entrepreneurs. Read More >

Is Wall Street Getting Less Diverse?

Recently, I wrote about the improving work/life balance and work hours on Wall Street. To recap: based on Vault's latest Banking Survey of 3,000 investment banking professionals, respondents rated their work/life balance and satisfaction with respect to work hours much better than they did last year. In fact, nearly across the board, in 19 of 20 quality of life categories in which we asked bankers to rate their own firms, scores were higher this year versus last. Read More >

Mentors: Your Most Valuable Career Asset?

Who has influenced how you behave in a work environment?  Was it a parent or close family member providing advice you took to heart? Did a professor or community leader have a quality that you've strived to emulate ever since? Or maybe, you had a horrible manager reveal exactly what you shouldn't be doing in the workplace so you portray yourself in the opposite fashion? Read More >

Day in the Life of a New York City School Teacher

Clara Lin is a first grade school teacher in New York City. Lin always knew that she wanted to work in the field of education, but she wasn't sure exactly what she wanted to do, so she decided not to pursue the traditional undergraduate path to teacher certification. After graduating from college, she decided to look for a position in adult education and soon found a position at a nonprofit teaching English to adult students from all over the world. Read More >

The Best Consulting Firms to Work For 2016

I'm delighted to announce the release of the 2016 Vault Best Consulting Firms to Work For rankings for North America-the most comprehensive ranking of employers in the consulting industry that you can find anywhere. Read More >

What We Brag About When We Brag About Long Hours

I have a friend who's a serial entrepreneur and whose latest entrepreneurial venture, his tenth or eleventh, has proven to be "the charm." Previously, he ran businesses in real estate, apparel, and hospitality; some of which did well, while others went bust quickly. But his latest, in health and wellness, has made him a millionaire. That is, now, for the first time in his career, he's earning north of $1 million a year. Read More >

3 Ways Law Students Can Become More Confident Communicators

Conventional wisdom says law school is all about training students to think and act like a "lawyer." However, in a changing world, transitioning from law student to lawyer requires skills that are not easily found in classrooms or case books. These soft skills are not just important for aspiring lawyers - they're essential. Perhaps the most important of these soft skills is public speaking. Read More >

Thanks to Goldman, Wall Street Work-Life Balance Is Better Than Ever

Due to a couple of recent high profile banker suicides that were apparently connected to brutal work schedules, you wouldn't think that working hours and work-life balance are getting better on Wall Street. However, according to the results of Vault's latest Banking Survey, that's exactly what's happening. And, in fact, now in investment banking, satisfaction with respect to work hours is at a five-year high, and work-life balance satisfaction is at an all-time high. Read More >

Pros and Cons of Working in the Internet and Social Media Industry

There are many pros and cons to working in the Internet/social media industry. It's important to know what's attractive and challenging about the industry so that you can be prepared to meet any challenges that come your way along your path to success. Pros 1. Cutting edge. It's cool to be on the cutting edge of technology. 2. Smart coworkers. The industry is loaded with creative, well-educated people who are often inspiring to work with. 3. Career diversity. Read More >

So Would You Work for Amazon?

By now, you've probably seen or heard about the New York Times' recent expose of what it's like to work at Amazon. I mean, who doesn't love a good behind-the-scenes take on one of the most successful companies in the world? Especially when it gives us a phrase as memorable as "purposeful Darwinism" to describe the culture. While I'm not a particularly loyal Amazon customer, I have to admit to a strange desire to want to give the company the benefit of the doubt. Read More >

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