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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Job Search Hacks for the Holidays

by Derek Loosvelt  |  December 07, 2016

Come mid-December, the only things most of us feel like doing are holiday partying and sleeping, holiday partying and sleeping, repeat till January 2nd. Although there's certainly nothing wrong with imbibing too much eggnog and catching up on your sleep, if you do nothing but that you'll be missing out on a perfect opportunity to use some of the extra time we get off this time of year to make sure you hit the ground running early in 2017. That's when many companies and organizations will... Read More >

Silicon Valley Superstar's Advice for Entrepreneurs and Recent College Grads

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 28, 2016

John Lilly is a partner at Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Greylock Partners where he has led investments in Dropbox, Tumblr, and Instagram. Before joining Greylock, Lilly was the CEO of Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser. Before that, he founded a company called Reactivity that was sold to Cisco and also worked in Apple's research labs. To boot, he holds two degrees (one in engineering, one in computer science) from Stanford, where he currently teaches. In other... Read More >

What Trump’s Win Means for International Students and H-1B Visas

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 21, 2016

In the wake of the U.S. presidential election and with the fall school semester soon coming to an end, Vault reached out to international student career advisor Marcelo Barros (whom we spoke with last spring) to get a feel for the current job prospects for international students at business schools across the cou Read More >

Is Trump's Victory a Setback for Women's Rights in the Workplace?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 14, 2016

Here in deep blue New York City, where 79 percent of all presidential votes cast in the recent election went to Hillary Clinton, perhaps no other group of people were as despondent over Trump's surprising victory than women. The day after the election, I saw groups of women hugging and crying everywhere: outside schools, in playgrounds, in office buildings, in lines at restaurants and cafes. One reason for the tears was not difficult to understand, no matter which candidate you supported.... Read More >

6 Great Canadian Firms to Work For

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 09, 2016

On Tuesday night, as it became clear that it was going to be more difficult for Hillary Clinton to win the presidential election than for a camel to thread the eye of a needle, a massive number of Americans searched for ways to immigrate to Canada, which crashed the Canada Immigration website. As of Wednesday evening, the site was still down. And so, if you're among those looking to escape to the Great White North, wh Read More >

What Makes a Leader Great?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 07, 2016

Today, we the people will head out to polling stations across the country to cast our votes for the next President of the United States of America. This means that, with our tiny blackened-in ovals, we'll be choosing the candidate we believe will make the best so-called Leader of the Free World. Which, of course, is not to be taken lightly. Indeed, the top job in the U.S. (perhaps the sole remaining superpower) has the ability to affect millions, if not billions of lives, for the better or... Read More >

How Listening to Music at Work Affects Your Productivity

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 02, 2016

Whenever I have a hard time focusing on a repetitive work task such as inputting data into an Excel sheet, I find that when I listen to music, particularly upbeat music I know well, I'm able to focus more intently on my work and complete it without too much complaint. It would follow, then, that the music is making me more productive. But is it really? As it turns out, the answer is yes and no. That is, science shows that music helps to improve your mood and, in turn, that helps you to be... Read More >

How to Find a Mentor Without a Mentorship Program

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 31, 2016

Deborah Lee James, unlike one presidential candidate, doesn't think the U.S. military is a disaster. And she should know. James is the current Secretary of the U.S. Air Force and one of only two women to ever hold the job. Today, thanks to her lofty position, she's considered to be one of the most powerful women in the U.S., if not the world. Underscoring this power, James recently spoke at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit and was featured on the "Fortune Unfilt Read More >

Why Are Salaries for English Majors Rising?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 26, 2016

Last month I wrote about how, in the long run, liberal arts majors might earn just as much or more than their peers who graduate with science, business, and other so-called "useful" majors. And now, as it turns out, or at least as a new study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows, liberal arts majors, particularly those Read More >

Why Election Day Should Be a Paid Day Off

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 24, 2016

Four score and a bunch of years ago, the U.S. was an agrarian society (full of farmers) and so it made sense that Election Day would fall on a Tuesday in early November. The thinking back in the 1800s was November fell after the harvest and before the harsh cold of winter, and Tuesday gave farmers enough fair-weather travel time to get to their nearest voting booths via horse-drawn carriage; they couldn't/wouldn't travel on the Sabbath and some needed nearly two days to carriage to the... Read More >

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