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How to Tell If College Is Worth It

In all the discussion over student debt and the question of how big a crisis the ever-expanding mountain of it represents to the future prosperity of today's students, it's often easy to overlook one key factor: not all debt is created equal. While expensive, the cost of a medical degree or an MBA can often be paid back more easily than, say, the loans for a MFA that doesn't necessarily lead to a lucrative career. Read More >

Pluses and Minuses of Working in IT

Today there are thousands of IT job opportunities in the U.S. Opportunties exist with major tech companies like Google and Apple, with small-and mid-sized tech firms, in the IT departments of companies of all sizes in all industries, and with nonprofits and government agencies. Read More >

Q&A With Ellen Jin, a Morgan Stanley Credit Risk Analyst

Ellen Jin is a former Morgan Stanley intern who recently joined the firm on a full-time basis. Jin works as an analyst in the firm's Credit Risk Department. Last month, Jin spoke to Vault about how she landed her internship and why she took a full-time position with Morgan Stanley. She also offered some advice for students looking for financial services internships. Below is an excerpt of that conversation. VAULT: Where did you grow up and go to school? Read More >

The Lifestyle of Private Equity Professionals

Once you've landed a job with a private equity firm, you can expect to experience some of the most interesting, fast-paced work in finance. The pay and benefits will be commensurate with this kind of work-but so will the pressure. Typically, private equity investments are high-stakes ventures; if you're helping to manage a billion-dollar stake in a major company, you'll be held responsible for the outcome. Read More >

How to Deal With a Resume Gap

The list of reasons for a gap in your resume is seemingly limitless. Maybe it was time to take a few years off to raise your children, your original career plans may no longer match your current goals and you've returned to school, or maybe hard times have found their way to your doorstep. Whatever the reason, gaps in our employment histories happen. While there may be a gap on your resume, all hope for overcoming the hurdles involved in the hiring process should not be lost. Read More >

5 Apps Every Worker Needs

On my first day at my current job, I promised myself I would never take work home with me. I was going to draw a clear line between the office and home-and that line started with never connecting my work email to my phone. Alas, much like so many New Year's resolutions, I was fooling myself into believing I could ever achieve such a ridiculously lofty goal. The fact is, my phone is one of the best tools I have at my disposal. Read More >

Six Things Lawyers Should Know Before Going In-House

Private firms and government jobs aren't for everyone. Some law students are a much better fit in-house at a company. This is where you can focus on one client and sometimes multiple different practice areas. When deciding if that work lifestyle is right for you, there are a few things you need to know: 1.      Size matters. Read More >

Pluses and Minuses of Working in Private Equity

Since the turn of the century, the private equity industry has grown tremendously. Today, private equity firms worldwide manage some $3.8 trillion in assets, up from "only" $716 billion in December 2000. Broadly defined, private equity is an investment in a nonpublic entity or private company. The majority of the firms that invest in private equity (some 3,300) are headquartered in the U.S. Read More >

10 Most Encouraging Workplace Developments of 2015

Of all the career and workplace-related news and developments I followed this year, here are the 10 I believe to be the most encouraging, to current and future members of the Great American Workforce. 10. Read More >

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