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The Best Career Advice Could Come From Your Parents

Whether fresh out of college or a longtime veteran of the workforce, career advice is always readily accepted. From Ted Talks to countless blogs, there is no lack of career advice to be found on the internet. The surprising thing, however, is that almost all of this advice is channeled to us through strangers. Sure, we may have seen their face or name before, perhaps even admire their work, but rare is it that we know the person who's sending advice our way. Read More >

Switch Off, Sleep More...Succeed?

In a recent post I wrote about long hours, I cited research which suggests that lack of sleep is one of the major contributing factors to poor on-the-job performance. It's a pretty clear link: showing up to work without enough sleep is like showing up drunk. Read More >

Oscar Shines on Investigative Journalism, Spits on Investment Banking

At Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony, the first two Oscars of the night were handed out to the perhaps most overlooked, under-appreciated, marginalized of all Hollywood talent: the writers. The first Oscar was given for original screenplay and went to the writers of Spotlight (which also won the last Oscar of the night for Best Picture). The second Oscar of the night was for adapted screenplay and went to the writers of The Big Short. Read More >

Warren Buffett is Upbeat on the Economy. Here's Why.

"For 240 years it's been a terrible mistake to bet against America, and now is no time to start. America's golden goose of commerce and innovation will continue to lay more and larger eggs. America's social security promises will be honored and perhaps made more generous. And, yes, America's kids will live far better than their parents did. Read More >

Should You Get Paid More for Working on Leap Day?

It's the rarest date on the Gregorian calendar, which raises an important issue: if you're a salaried employee, should you be getting paid more for dragging yourself to work for this extra day? (Especially when it's a Monday). So what's your take? Should we all be enjoying an extra day off? Banking an extra 366th of our salary (or whatever fraction would be relevant for the number of days we actually work in a normal year)? Or just grinning and bearing it? Read More >

Street Knowledge: Sports Entrepreneur Offers Career Advice for Getting Ahead

In previous blogs, I mentioned leaving my last job without a backup plan and using social media to advance my personal brand and career.  During that time, I was looking to connect with people and, through Facebook's 'People You May Know' interruption in my news feed, I came across Jasmine Ray.  She seemed well connected, knowing various elected leaders I had come across during my time as a journalist and through my work with City government. Read More >

Gibson Dunn Lawyers On Choosing Transactional Law

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher associate Saee Muzumdar caught up with corporate partners Barbara Becker, who heads the firm's M&A group, and Rashida La Lande, NY hiring partner, for a discussion about why they chose to be corporate lawyers and some of the benefits of transactional work. From Left, Saee Muzumdar, Barbara Becker, and Rashida La Lande. Saee: Law school is relatively litigation (or at least case law) focused-what drew you to transactional work? Read More >

Are Long Hours Good for Your Career?

"I often refer to the series Mad Men, taking place in the '60s, where they're drinking and smoking in the office. And you think, 'What are you doing? You're at work!' But we're doing the exact same thing right now. We're showing up just as bad, in terms of performance. We're not nearly having as much fun, though. Read More >

What Is a 'Superboss' and Why Is Donald Trump Not One?

According to Tuck Business School Professor Sydney Finkelstein, there's a type of boss that is "beyond superstar," that grooms talent, that scouts, trains, and develops the next generation of leaders, as opposed to simply building his or her own organization. The name for such a boss is "superboss," and Finkelstein's decade-long research on the subject of the superboss is now available in his new book, Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent. Read More >

Why Did You Go to College?

We are delighted to welcome a new contributor to Vault's careers blog. After a successful career as a Silicon Valley high-tech executive, Alan McMillan wanted to give something back to the generations coming behind him. Read More >

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