Derek Loosvelt

Derek Loosvelt

Derek Loosvelt is Vault's senior finance editor. Derek has a BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in creative writing from the New School. His writing has appeared in several online and print publications. Previously, he worked in investment banking as an M&A analyst and associate.

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How Cooking at Home Can Make You More Productive at Work

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 16, 2018

Cooking at home can save you money, but it can also eat up a lot of your time. That is, in the time it takes you to buy groceries, chop vegetables, heat your food, eat your food, then clean up, you can go out to dinner (or order in) and watch three episodes of Atlanta. And yet, there are some side effects of cooking at home that, overall, can save you time in your day. In fact, cooking at home can Read More >

The 7 Skills You Need to Get Hired Over a Robot

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 09, 2018

According to a recent study of 2,000 U.S. employers, 91 percent say they plan to increase headcount due to automation and the rise of AI. Which is certainly good news for American workers and jobseekers. But there is a catch: You need to have the right skills in order to succeed in this changing labor climate. And those skills, say the employers surveyed, are these seven: communication, customer service, collaboration, problem-solving, organizational, leadership, and management. Read More >

3 Career Lessons from CNN Anchor and Novelist Jake Tapper

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 07, 2018

Jake Tapper isn't afraid of conflict. The CNN anchor and debate moderator is well known for asking his subjects and guests tough questions. So much so that The Washington Post has called him "tenacious," "a merciless slayer of alternative facts," and "the dogged deflator of political egos." It's likely that you've seen Tapper's contentious interviews of trusted Donald Trump advisors Stephen Miller and Kellyanne Conway (trusted Read More >

How to Save Your Career When AI Kills Your Job

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 02, 2018

If someone tells you they're sure that when artificial intelligence has infiltrated every corner of our working lives there will be plenty of jobs to go around, they are: a) lying, b) a human being, or c) both. Which is to say no single human can be certain what the future of work will look like when AI is as common as a head cold. That said, there are certainly some very knowledgeable human beings putting in a fair amount of time and effort into trying to predict what the future of work... Read More >

The 5 Best Benefits Big 4 Firms Offer

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 25, 2018

Last week we released our new Accounting 50, a ranking of the best accounting firms to work for. The rankings were based on our annual Accounting Survey, the most recent of which surveyed more than 8,800 accounting professionals, asking them about life at their firms (they were asked to rate their firms in categories like hours, work/life balance, compensation, training, and more). Of those surveyed, approximately half (around 4,000) work for one of the Big 4 professional service Read More >

Are International Students Seeking US Jobs Better or Worse Off Under Trump?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 23, 2018

On April 11, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services completed its latest H-1B visa lottery. This year, the USCIS received 190,098 petitions for H-1Bs-temporary work visas that U.S. companies can apply for to hire foreigners for specialty roles. That number was down from 199,000 last year and was the lowest in six years. Still, the number of submissions was much higher than the number of available visas. Each year, the U.S. government gives out 85,000 H-1B visas, of which 20,000 are... Read More >

'Scully Effect' Is Real: Study Shows 'X-Files' Inspires Women to Pursue STEM Careers

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 18, 2018

Dana Katherine Scully holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Maryland and an M.D. from Stanford. She worked for the FBI as a forensic pathologist for more than a decade and as a surgeon at a private Catholic hospital for seven years. She is also responsible for inspiring thousands of women to pursue STEM careers. Scully, as you may know, is not a real person but a fictional character, one played by the actor Gillian Anderson for 11 seasons on a TV series called The X-Files and in... Read More >

50 Best Accounting Firms to Work For

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 17, 2018

Today, we released our annual Vault Accounting 50, a ranking of the Best Accounting Firms to Work For. This year, the rankings were based on a survey of more than 8,800 accountants. We asked these accountants to rate their firms in several workplace categories, including compensation, culture, training, work/life balance, hours, and business outlook. We also asked them to rate other firms in terms of prestige (they could not rate their own firms).  For the sixth year in a row, PwC to Read More >

How to Keep a 'Confidence Log' and Why

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 20, 2018

A lack of confidence is often seen as part of the reason there aren't more women in senior roles at U.S. companies. And a recent study reported on by The Wall Street Journal shows just how large this so-called "confidence gap" is. Some 63% of women enter the workforce with the confidence that they can rise Read More >

Are Standing Desks Hurting Your Health?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 07, 2018

Remember all that talk about how great standing desks were for you? How they helped you live longer, prevented lower back pain, made you more alert and thus more productive? Well, according to recent research, all that talk could very well be completely false. Instead, what standing desks are likely doing to you is not unlike what old-fashioned desks are likely doing to you. Which is killing you. Read More >

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