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‘Flash Boys’ Author Michael Lewis: IT Geeks Shall Inherit the Street

For a long time, Wall Street knew this day was coming. And now, Michael Lewis and Main Street know it, too. In the very near future, no longer will the sharpest blue-blooded, type A, squash-playing, financially-driven Ivy League graduate with excellent complexion rule the trading desks of Wall Street's largest and most-storied institutions. Instead, it will be the most creative and innovative IT guy (or gal) who'll be calling all the shots. Read More >

The Case Against Paternity Leave

Ever thought that dads these days just have it too easy with all that time off they get when their kids are born? That childbirth and rearing is the realm of the mother? That, when it comes down to it, there's just not that much for a dad to do in the days and months following the birth of a child?  Good news: you're not alone.  The bad news: with company that talks as much as NY-based sports radio personality Mike Francesa, you might wish you were. Read More >

Are Employees With Autism Better Employees?

In the trailer for the new HBO series "Silicon Valley," which premiers Sunday April 6th, one of the superstar programmers at the center of the show is mumbling his way through a description of his tech venture when he's mistakenly called out as someone with Asperger's. Although the scene plays for laughs, it perhaps underscores the very unfunny fact that today more than 3 million Americans suffer from some form of autism. Read More >

Is Your Law School Ranked Highest for Soul Crushing Debt?

It's no secret that here at Vault, we love a good law ranking, and we hope that our rankings help job hunters find the best firm for them by emphasizing positive traits. Taking a different approach, U.S. News & World Report recently released a list of schools that prospective law students may want to avoid, a list of law school graduates with the most paralyzing debt. Read More >

Would You Get Plastic Surgery to Aid Your Career?

The New Republic is out this week with a lengthy look at Silicon Valley's obsession with youth, and the effect it has on hiring and VC funding in the industry. While the whole thing is worth reading, the standout section from a career perspective comes early, with the revelation that plastic surgery and Botox injections are becoming increasingly popular in the Valley, as ageing tech workers seek to keep up the appearance of youth. Read More >

To Big 4 and Mid-Size Firm Accountants, Which is More Important: Prestige or Culture?

On Tax Day, which is just under four weeks away, Vault will be releasing its latest Accounting Rankings, which include rankings of the most prestigious accounting firms, those deemed the "best to work for," and the top rated firms in compensation, benefits, training, work/life balance, and firm culture, among other workplace categories.  This year, we surveyed more than 10,000 accountants at the top 90 accounting firms in the U.S., asking them to comment on life at their firm. Read More >

5 Jobs on ‘House of Cards’ That Look Cooler and More Exciting Than They Probably Are

Let me warn you: if you haven't watched the first two seasons of the highly entertaining, highly addictive, highly thrilling Netflix-produced "House of Cards" but plan to, there are going to be some massive PLOT SPOILERS in the words to follow. Read More >

Bad Jobs: What I've Learned from the Worst Jobs I've Held

As a follow-up to my recent post on the lessons I learned from the best jobs I've had, I've been thinking about some of the worst-or least enjoyable-positions that I've held in my two-plus decades in the workforce. Read More >

How Can Female Attorneys Avoid Being an Underpaid Non-Partner Track Associate?

Earlier this month,  the National Association of Women Lawyers released its "Report of the Eight Annual NAWL National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms," a survey of 200 of the largest law firms in the United States for 2013, that mirrored the findings in Vault's 2013 Law Firm Associate Survey. Read More >

Great Jobs: What I've Learned from the Best Jobs I've Held

I realized this year that, having found my first job while still in high school, I have now been in the workforce for more than two decades-and fortunate enough to have been able to find and hold employment for most of that period. Since those first forays into the world of work, I have held-as anyone who has looked at my profile page here at Vault will know-a variety of jobs in different industries, across three continents. Read More >

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