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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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Pros and Cons of Graduate Film School

by Derek Loosvelt  |  June 09, 2015

George Lucas went (to USC). Kathryn Bigelow went (to Columbia). And Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese both went (to NYU). But there are scores of other accomplished directors-including Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, the Wachowskis, and Miranda July-that never set foot inside a film school (except, perhaps, to screen one of their films). In order to determine whether or not you should attend graduate film school (assuming you want to enter the field of film and television), check out the... Read More >

Young Banker Loses Two Jobs Over One Email

by Derek Loosvelt  |  June 08, 2015

Poor Justin Kwan. The second-year Barclays banker thought he was merely making a harmless joke or two when he sent an email to the new class of summer interns with the subject line "Welcome to the Jungle" and including in its body the "10 Commandments" of the power and utilities banking group, of which he was a part. Instead, Kwan's email, which was anything but harmless (in fact, it was quite humorless), was quickly posted on scores of websites, including Gawker, Dealbreaker, and WSJ.com,... Read More >

Disney’s Disgraceful Tech Layoffs

by Derek Loosvelt  |  June 04, 2015

I get that companies are in the business of making money and one of the ways to make money is to cut costs, but this move by Disney to layoff 250 tech employees in order to replace them with cheaper labor in the form of H-1B visa holders is downright disgraceful. And here's to hoping it will backfire against Walt & Co. … about 250 Disney employees were told in late October that they would be laid off. Many of their jobs were transferred to immigrants on temporary visas for highly... Read More >

WARNING: Working on Wall Street Kills

by Derek Loosvelt  |  June 03, 2015

In the wake of two recent deaths of young Wall Street bankers, it seems a good time to revisit the subject of punishing hours in investment banking. In case you hadn't heard, earlier this week news spread about a 22-year-old Goldman Sachs analyst who'd fallen to his death in what appears to have been suicide. Sarvshreshth Gupta-an analyst in Goldman's telecommunications, media, and technology group who grew in India and received an undergraduate degree from Wharton-had complained to his... Read More >

Does Hiring Based on 'Cultural Fit' Encourage Discrimination?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  June 01, 2015

My first job after graduating college was working as a financial analyst for an investment bank in New York. A couple weeks into that first job, one of the associates I worked with told me how the behind-the-scenes decision making process went in my hiring: The managing director of the group in which I worked wanted to hire another candidate with a higher GPA and better (more directly-related) internships. However, this associate, an alumnus of the same college I went to, as well as a... Read More >

The Wildest and Craziest (and Maybe Most Helpful) Commencement Speech of 2015

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 27, 2015

Except for processed meat and pie, there's nothing America loves more than comebacks, underdogs, and crazy rambling acceptance speeches. Which means America must love Matthew McConaughey, the Texas-born actor who staged quite a career turnaround on his way to an Academy Award in 2014, and gave quite a strange speech upon accepting that award. More recently, the wild eyed and wild bearded McConaughey visited the University Houston to dole out some career advice to the graduating class of... Read More >

Where the Self-Made Billionaires Work

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 27, 2015

Forgetting, for a moment, that money is the root of all evil, that money can't buy happiness, and that it's easier for a camel to thread the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter paradise, let's talk about billionaires. More specifically, let's talk about self-made billionaires, because anyone with a head and a heartbeat can inherit a billion, but not everyone can make a billion on his or her own. And so, first, let's go to the latest billionaire survey by UBS and PWC to find out... Read More >

The One Job Robots Can’t Do (Yet)

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 21, 2015

"The robots are coming! The robots are coming!" This is more or less the thesis statement of Martin Ford's latest book, The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future. According to Ford, who is the founder of a Silicon Valley software development firm and an author of a previous book about robots in the workplace, there's almost no job that a machine can't do these days, thanks to incredible advances in artificial intelligence. What Ford describes, and what other... Read More >

What Will Your Career Look Like When You Retire?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 21, 2015

One of the reasons David Letterman gave for his retirement from late-night television was his inability to create the type of viral YouTube videos that his younger competitors (Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel) have been doing to great success for years. So perhaps it's fitting that one of the best segments of Letterman's final episode was the below music video of sorts that incorporates clips and stills from Dave's 33-year career. It's a video bound to be watched again, and again, and again. And... Read More >

Forget Goldman and McKinsey, Take a Gap Year Instead

by Derek Loosvelt  |  May 20, 2015

Australians and Europeans have been taking them for decades, and now the practice of taking gap years-ditching the workforce or school for a short time and instead living and working abroad-is catching on in the U.S. And studies show that it might in fact help academic and job performance. Many academic experts argue that a gap year improves students' performance later on, makes them more mature and more independent. A study at Middlebury College in Vermont found that its students who had... Read More >

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