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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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Our 13 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2013

by Derek Loosvelt  |  December 18, 2013

During the past year, our readers wanted to know which firms topped our annual rankings of law, banking, accounting, and consulting firms. They wanted to know how to write letters of recommendation for themselves and how not to write follow-up letters to employers. They also wanted to know why women aren't doing a better job of networking, and if an M.B.A. is still worth their dime and a damn. And perhaps above all else, they wanted some simple tips on how to succeed on the job. Here, in... Read More >

From Intern to CEO: Mary Barra Named GM’s First Female Chief

by Derek Loosvelt  |  December 11, 2013

I grew up in the 1980s a few miles north of Detroit, and during that time in the area it seemed like every third classmate of mine came from a household whose father worked for one of the Big Three automakers-GM, Ford, or Chrysler. I also remember quite a few fathers working for auto part manufacturers. However, I don't recall any of my classmates' mothers working in the automotive industry. In fact, few of my classmates' mothers worked full-time jobs at all. In 1980 I was eight years old.... Read More >

How to Avoid #AskJPM and Other PR Nightmares

by Derek Loosvelt  |  December 05, 2013

A few weeks ago, JPMorgan's supposedly harmless Twitter exercise #AskJPM-in which the bank invited Twitter users to pose career-related questions to JPMorgan Vice Chairman James B. Lee Jr.-quickly backfired, and instead of asking Lee Jr. questions, the Twittersphere took the opportunity to tell JPMorgan and its management team what they really thought of them. Tweets like the following were posted (with the #AskJPM hashtag) by the hundreds: "What's your favorite type of whale?"; "Do you... Read More >

The Great American Internship Alternative

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 21, 2013

Slowly and steadily, a national emergency has been emerging on our nation's highways, and it has nothing to do with rising gasoline prices and everything to do with the aging population of our country's finest long haulers. That is, many of America's most experienced truck drivers-integral cogs in the national freight and shipping machine-are approaching retirement age, and there aren't many wannabe young long haulers in line to take their place. In fact, there's such a truck-driving labor... Read More >

Nail These 9 Tricky Interview Questions and Wall Street Will Hire You to Intern

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 13, 2013

Although working for a bulge-bracket investment bank is no longer a model-and-bottle proposition, it's still one of the most lucrative first jobs you can get right out of college or MBA school. And if you want to land at Goldman, one of the Morgans, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, or BofA, you're likely going to have to get in through the summer door. That is, you're going to have to first land a summer internship with your bank of choice, because these days, with competition so... Read More >

Why Goldman Sachs’ New Saturdays-Off Policy Won't Work

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 07, 2013

Last week, when I clicked on the headline, "Goldman Sachs Pushes Junior Investment Bankers to Take Weekends Off," I assumed I'd be sent to a URL containing the words Comedy Central, or Funny or Die, or perhaps The Onion. Instead, to my surprise, I was taken to, where, in place of what I assumed to be a piece of satire, was a real piece of news, which included, among other quotes, this one from David Solomon, Goldman's co-head of investment banking, explaining the rationale for... Read More >

Work on the Wild Side: Lessons From the Life of Lou Reed

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 30, 2013

Lewis Allan Reed, better known as Lou Reed, the iconic front man for the legendary New York City band the Velvet Underground, passed away this week at the age of 71. During his lifetime, Reed, through his music and lyrics, built a worldwide fan base of millions of people. He also served as inspiration for at least two generations of musicians. It was said (allegedly by Brian Eno, another rock icon and Reed collaborator) that "only 30,000 people bought the Velvet Underground's début record,... Read More >

Q&A With Rani Nazim, a Female Executive Director at Morgan Stanley

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 23, 2013

Rani Nazim is an Executive Director in the Fixed Income Division at Morgan Stanley, where she trades investment grade bonds and credit default swaps. She has worked for Morgan Stanley for the past nine years. Recently, she sat down with Vault and answered questions concerning the current state of female diversity in investment banking, what it's like to be a woman on Wall Street, and Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" philosophy. Below is an excerpt from that conversation.  Where did you grow up... Read More >

Reading Munro and Murakami Improves Interviewing Skills Says Study

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 09, 2013

Last week, the New York Times highlighted a recent study conducted by two psychologists from the New School that apparently proves that reading literary fiction can help you become a better interviewee. Say you are getting ready for a blind date or a job interview. What should you do? Besides shower and shave, of course, it turns out you should read-but not just anything. Something by Chekhov or Alice Munro will help you navigate new social territory better than a potboiler by Danielle... Read More >

Is Silicon Valley Just as Decadent as Washington and Wall Street?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 03, 2013

In a recent interview with online arts and political magazine Guernica, George Packer, a staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about his latest book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, which was published earlier this year and was inspired, in part, by "the failure of Wall Street, the failure of Washington, [and] the bottoming out of the economy." Here's how Guernica describes the book: As a work of history, the "unwinding" refers to a protracted process of ideological... Read More >

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