Phil Stott

Phil Stott

Phil Stott is a Vault Editor. Since joining Vault in 2007, he has covered a variety of industries including consulting, consumer products and technology. He is also well-versed in general career issues, having worked in a variety of fields including freelance journalism, consumer banking, English language teaching, soccer coaching and more. Originally from Scotland, he holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Modern History and a Masters in Research in Civil Engineering. 

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Will Tech and AI Take Your Job, or Help You Do It Better?

by Phil Stott  |  May 16, 2018

We all know what happens when industrial revolutions come to town, right? Higher productivity as machines take over, coupled with job losses for the people whose jobs are now being done faster, more efficiently, and cheaper by machines. At least, that's one way of looking at it. But, as the following video from the WSJ makes clear, there's another interpretation available for what will happen to the global workforce in light of the tidal wave of changes coming related to tech and AI. As... Read More >

Graduating Without a Job? Don't Panic

by Phil Stott  |  May 09, 2018

With graduation season around the corner, many soon-to-be grads are finding themselves confronting "the real world" that their parents, TV shows and random strangers have always warned them about. And, if they're anything like I was at that age, many of them are entering that phase of their lives without a job offer or even an idea of what to do next. For as scary as that might sound if you're someone in that position, there's a lot of good news to keep in mind as you confront your... Read More >

You Never Know Where Your Career Will Take You

by Phil Stott  |  May 03, 2018

Career planning is one of those things that we here at Vault advise everyone to take seriously: if your ambition is to be a CEO or a doctor or an engineer, it's probably best to have a plan in place to achieve those goals-starting when you're in school. But, every once in a while, we come across an example that reminds us that life takes paths we can't control-sometimes our interests change, or the economy does, or we stumble into an opportunity that we simply can't pass up-and all those... Read More >

Military Careers: This Infographic Explains How to Transition to Civilian Life

by Phil Stott  |  May 01, 2018

We've covered military careers here at Vault in the past--covering everything from the options available for post-military careers, to the difficulty of translating military job skills into a format that makes sense to recruiters in the civilian world. This infographic, from Veteran Car Donations--an organization that partners with veteran non-profits to collect car donations on their behalf--ties together a lot of the advice that veterans might need for making a successful transtion to... Read More >

Will This Firm Get You Accepted to Harvard Business School?

by Phil Stott  |  April 30, 2018

Once upon a time, there was a well-worn path into the upper echelons of the consulting industry-college, then a first (and sometimes a second) job to gain experience, followed by business school, where the titans of the industry would come calling and your career could truly achieve liftoff. Over the past decade-and perhaps longer-that path has been changing. Consulting firms, who once only had to convince freshly-minted MBAs that a career jetting around the world tackling tough problems... Read More >

Jobs for All Americans: Will the Business Community Allow It?

by Phil Stott  |  April 25, 2018

According to the Washington Post, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is set to propose a plan to guarantee a job to "every American worker 'who wants or needs one.'" The plan has already been met with the expected responses from across the political spectrum. Among the objections: the fact that the plan is currently un-costed, and no mechanism for paying it has yet been suggested (although it's all but certain that it woul Read More >

Culture, Cloud and Clients: Why an IT Consultant Chose Deloitte

by Phil Stott  |  April 24, 2018

Tony Witherspoon is an IT consultant who has been in the game for a long time: he's been working in IT and consulting since 1998. Over the course of his experience, he has worked for several of the biggest names in the tech consulting business, as well as companies that are household names in the consumer products space. In short: he knows a lot about what it takes to build a successful career in the tech field, and about the kinds of attributes that people who are trying to choose an... Read More >

A Day in the Life of a 20-Something Social Sector Entrepreneur

by Phil Stott  |  April 18, 2018

Karim Abouelnaga is the founder and CEO of a social sector organization known as Practice Makes Perfect. Its mission: to expand access to education for people in high need communities. As you might imagine, that kind of undertaking requires a lot of drive and energy, and a seriously impressive background. Here's how Karim--who is 26--describes himself on his LinkedIn profile: "Karim is the founder & CEO of Practice Makes Perfect. He received over a quarter million dollars in... Read More >

The Fastest-Growing Firms in Europe

by Phil Stott  |  April 17, 2018

When you hear the word "startup" what location do you think of?   Silicon Valley?  New York?  Maybe one of the growing hubs for new businesses, like Denver, Austin or Vegas?  That's not surprising: most of the major startup success stories that have graced the business pages in recent years-from the social media space to Netflix, Zappos and beyond-have come from the US. In fact, starting new, innovative companies is one of the things the US economy does best.  But--and hear me out... Read More >

What to Consider When Choosing a Volunteer Position

by Phil Stott  |  April 11, 2018

A year ago, two of my best friends-a married couple, in their 30s, with children-decided to quit their jobs and spend some time doing volunteer work. After a lot of research and deliberation, they chose an intentional community in Georgia where they would be able to work with refugees. Last July, they sold most of their belongings, packed the rest into their car and a storage unit, and headed south from Long Island for the last time. I raise their story here because I recently had the... Read More >

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