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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H-1B Visas: A Reader Responds

by Phil Stott  |  March 21, 2017

Yesterday, I wrote about a 60 Minutes segment on H-1B visas that I felt was unfair in its treatment of the issue: I thought that it was one-sided, and didn't provide any context in terms of the scale of the problem it was addressing, which resulted in the threat to US workers being greatly exaggerated. Given that immigration is an emotive issue at present, I expected to hear a range of opinions from our audience-not least because the 60 Minutes Read More >

H-1B Visas: Why We Need Facts Before Reform

by Phil Stott  |  March 20, 2017

Immigration has been dominating much of the conversation since the Trump administration officially got underway a few short weeks ago-with most of the oxygen around the issue being sucked up by the arguments raging over the President's executive orders on border security. Last night, however, CBS' 60 Minutes devoted a quarter of its show to a more arcane, less well-understood facet of the immigration debate: the issue of H-1B visas. It's a curious segment: while it focuses a great deal of... Read More >

The Trump Budget: How Many Jobs Are at Stake?

by Phil Stott  |  March 13, 2017

If you work for the federal government, happen to be in the market for a job with the federal government, or you live and/or own a home in the DC area, the Trump administration may have some bad news on the horizon for you. According to the Washington Post, the proposed federal budget—due to be unveiled Thursday—is set to Read More >

Can Changing Tech Interviews Change the Industry?

by Phil Stott  |  March 07, 2017

There's an interesting conversation going in certain corners of the tech industry at the moment related to how best to source employees with the requisite coding skills to build successful businesses. At the heart of that conversation: the idea that current interview techniques focus too much on factors that don't matter in the day-to-day reality of the job, such as GPA and ability to memorize pieces of code, and not enough on identifying people with the characteristics such as the ability... Read More >

"My Credit is Trash" - Why Student Debt Matters

by Phil Stott  |  February 28, 2017

From time to time, as part of my remit with regards to covering anything and everything related to careers and job opportunities, I like to look in on student debt. It is, after all, an unavoidable fact of life for the vast majority of the millennial generation: the average student from the class of 2016 who used loans to finance their education had over $37,000 in student debt by the time they hit the job market. If you read enough coverage of the loan sector, you'll often see references Read More >

Can a 3D-Printed Car Create Jobs in the US?

by Phil Stott  |  February 14, 2017

While it's certain that automation is going to fundamentally change the world we live in-it is, in fact, already doing so-it's less clear what the effect of the rise of the machines is going to be on the job market. The John Henry principle would suggest that, any time a robot or piece of technology comes along that can do the same job as a human, for less investment, then the human job is likely to disappear. Less clear, however, is the extent to which new roles and innovations will allow... Read More >

This Chart Explains Silicon Valley's Immigration Ban Issue

by Phil Stott  |  February 07, 2017

You may have heard that there's been something of a kerfuffle over an Executive Order that attempted to place a temporary ban on immigrants from 7 countries. You may also have heard that a number of Silicon Valley firms-over 100 at last count, including giants like Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter-have filed a brief in opposition to the ban. While there are many strands to the tech community's objections to the ban, an article in the Atlantic point Read More >

Are Narrative Resumes the Future?

by Phil Stott  |  February 01, 2017

Julie Horvath is a product and user experience designer. During a recent job search, she published a narrative resume on Medium-a move that is unusual both for the style of the resume, and the method for attracting interest from employers. It's not something that will work for every industry-or that everyone would be comfortable doing-but in Julie's case, it seems to have paid dividends: she recently accepted a position as a Senior User Experience Designer at a company that, as yet, s Read More >

Workplace Jokes: When and How to Make Them

by Phil Stott  |  January 31, 2017

While it may seem like there's little in the way to joke about of late, being able to make your colleagues laugh-especially at the right time-is a skill that can pay serious career dividends, according to research cited by the Wall Street Journal. According to the research, which was conducted by researchers at the Wharton Business School and Harvard Business School, "simply recalling a funny joke by a co-worker elevated the joke-teller's status in participants' minds"-meaning that those... Read More >

Can Robots Create U.S. Jobs?

by Phil Stott  |  January 25, 2017

As I noted recently, automation is set to be a key job threat for millions of people in the coming years-with as many as 50% of current jobs worldwide potentially under threat from robots, computer programs, algorithms, and the like. Of course, that doesn't mean that every job a robot is hired to do automatically leads to the elimination of one or more human positions. From the very first tools used by man, technology has always been a means to increase pro Read More >

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