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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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 >

Women in Tech: How One Top Consulting Firm is Solving the Retention Issue

by Phil Stott  |  March 27, 2018

In the slew of coverage around the #MeToo movement and #TimesUp campaigns, the technology industry has been a prominent focus for campaigners. And it's not surprising: tech is a largely male-dominated field that has a reputation for not being particularly welcoming to women. Among the documented problems: a persistent gender wage gap, and leading companies with an entrenched culture of Read More >

Is Facebook a Career Liability?

by Phil Stott  |  March 20, 2018

"You should delete Facebook." "Why you shouldn't delete Facebook." "Should you delete Facebook?" All of those are actual headlines that have flashed across my computer screen at some point in the last few days, and they raise real questions about our digital lives-questions that go far beyond the usual career-related concerns we typically cover here (in a nutshell: protecting your feed and not posting stuff that will give recruiters an excuse to write you off). Rather, the details now... Read More >

How to Run an Effective Meeting

by Phil Stott  |  March 13, 2018

Have you ever sat through a meeting that has no set purpose, goes nowhere, and wastes the time of pretty much everyone involved? Of course you have: that's pretty much the definition of "meeting" in many companies. But what if there were another way? Imagine a promised land where meetings didn't devolve into the loudest person grandstanding regardless of their actual knowledge or ability, or your colleagues taking jabs at one another without naming names in order to explain why thie... Read More >

The True Scale of Gender Inequality

by Phil Stott  |  March 08, 2018

It's International Women's Day*, which is something that sounds like it should be a holiday. I mean, McDonald's has flipped its golden arches for the occasion, so it's got to be something positive, right? As noted in a company statement, McDonald's chief diversity officer Wendy Lewis explained that the company wanted to honor "the extraordinary accomplishments of women everywhere and especially in our restaurants. Fro Read More >

"All You Need is Interest": How One Consulting Firm Turns Students into Software Developers

by Phil Stott  |  March 05, 2018

Allen Tuggle has been a Software Engineer for 20 years. Since 2016, he has been working for Excella where, among his responsibilities, he mentors the next generation of developers at the firm. We've previously covered Excella's mentorship program and Extension Center here on Vault, and were excited to learn more about Allen's role, and to get his perspective on how Excella's program for new developers helps the firm to attract, train and retain talent fo Read More >

How to Answer Questions About Your Resume Gap

by Phil Stott  |  February 28, 2018

If you have a gap on your resume, there's a good chance that you'll be asked about it in a job interview-which means that nailing down your answer before you show up is a good idea. While there are lots of reasons why you might have a gap on your resume, they tend to fall into three main buckets: you quit or were laid off and couldn't find a new job right away;you were taking time out for personal and/or family reasons; or you were off doing something like traveling or working on a passion... Read More >

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