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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Spotting Fake News: A New Career Skill?

by Phil Stott  |  July 31, 2017

Ask anyone involved in journalism, and they'll tell you that the role of media organizations in general-and journalists in particular-has become significantly more technical in recent years. Gone are the days when a journalist could make some calls, churn out some copy, and call it a day. Many newsrooms now screen candidates for their proficiency with different content management systems, their ability to wrangle large data sets, and their understanding of social media trends and... Read More >

Will AI Kill the Consulting Industry?

by Phil Stott  |  July 25, 2017

The rise of artificial intelligence in recent years has been accompanied by headlines about a huge coming wave of technological unemployment-no longer will people be needed for anything that involves data processing, pattern recognition, and so on. At the leading edge of this revolution: the consulting industry, which thrives on its ability to identify trends and technologies that will reshape its clients' businesses-often selling these very technologies as solutions. But, as a recent... Read More >

Is a Long-Term Career in Consulting Possible?

by Phil Stott  |  July 24, 2017

When it comes to choosing an employer in the consulting industry, candidates often survey the field and come away with the impression that there's really only one career path open to them: spending two or three years at a firm before moving on. There have traditionally been good reasons for doing this: many people enter consulting with the intent of fast-tracking themselves into a management career, or to gain the requisite experience to bolster an MBA application for one of the bold-face... Read More >

This Is What a Terrible Corporate Culture Looks Like

by Phil Stott  |  July 19, 2017

Here at Vault, we're all about trying to help people figure out which companies they want to work for-with our advice typically based on a combination of factors like work-life balance, company culture, and the like. The more you know about a prospective employer, our theory goes, the more likely you are to make a decision that you're happy with (and that will therefore also make your employer happy). If you want to know why we take that perspective (as opposed to, say, just encouraging... Read More >

Workplace Equality is No Joke

by Phil Stott  |  June 14, 2017

Time for a thought experiment: you're a board member at a company that has recently been beset by allegations of "harassment, discrimination and inappropriate behavior"-allegations that have seen 20 employees dismissed in recent weeks. As a member of your company's board, you have to attend a meeting where the plan to deal with the fallout is being announced. Among key provisions being discussed: a change in culture to make the working environment less toxic; the appointment of at least one... Read More >

Are Millennials Changing Workplaces for the Better?

by Phil Stott  |  June 06, 2017

Whisper it, but we may finally have arrived at the point where the word "millennial" is fading as a term thrown out by exasperated Boomer managers who just can't figure out how to get along with their younger colleagues. In fact, if recent remarks by Morgan Stanley vice chairman and managing director Carla Harris are anything to go by, those Boomer managers may have actually started to realize that millennials are, in fact, the future of Read More >

Will Pulling out of the Paris Agreement Create Energy Jobs?

by Phil Stott  |  June 01, 2017

Job creation is one of the key reasons cited by President Trump for pulling out of the Paris Agreement. Specifically, coal jobs: "The current agreement effectively blocks the development of clean coal in America," the President said in his remarks announcing the decision. "China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So, we can't build the plants, but they ca Read More >

Here's Where Harvard Grads Will Be Working Next Year

by Phil Stott  |  May 31, 2017

With graduation season almost over, thousands of newly-minted degree holders will be leaving their campuses and joining the ranks of the working world-or attempting to. According to the Harvard Crimson, there's a better-than-average chance that anyone who tells you they just graduated from "a school in Boston" will not only be in a job in the next few mont Read More >

Dealing with Political Talk at Work

by Phil Stott  |  May 10, 2017

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the communal kitchen, the President goes and fires the Director of the FBI. Now there's no way you're going to be able to grab a Keurig pod without hearing-or, worse, being expected to interact with-Jim from sales' hot, straight-from-Twitter take on what constitutes an impeachable offence, or Karen from accounting's defense of the action based on her close reading of Sean Spicer's body language during his latest press conference. And, no,... Read More >

Answering "Why Do You Want to Leave Your Current Job"?

by Phil Stott  |  May 01, 2017

"So why do you want to leave your current job?" Like many interview questions, there are lots of potential subtexts that might start running through your head when you hear this one come out of an interviewer's mouth. Are they trying to get me to dish the dirt on my current employer? Have they heard something? Can I tell them that I'm bored and underpaid? What Employers Want Here's the truth: none of these things is what your interviewer is looking for (unless you've got some real... Read More >