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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The Jobs Most Likely to Suffer from Automation

by Phil Stott  |  August 15, 2016

In recent years, we've written a fair amount about the risk of losing your job to automation on this blog. (Like this post and this one, both within the last couple of months). And when we do, it's usually with one main goal in mind: to ensure that there is no-one out there who is serious about their career that doesn't see the continuing wave of automation coming. Don' Read More >

"We Didn't Have a Plan": An Entrepreneur's Success Story

by Phil Stott  |  August 08, 2016

If you're a regular Vault reader, you may know that we're always on the lookout for examples of careers and businesses that are a bit different. Not because we think they're better, but because we recognize that not everyone can tread the same career path or check the same boxes-and, because of that, there's no one method of getting ahead or finding success in life or business. Case in point: this tale of how Noosa Yoghurt emerged from a taste of a new product on a trip to Australia into... Read More >

How to Cope With Losing a Job: The Letterman Edition

by Phil Stott  |  July 20, 2016

You don't need me to tell you that David Letterman was a US TV institution-his Late Show ran for more than 20 years, and was (usually) the second-most-watched late night show in the country. Since stepping away from the show in 2015, he seems to have been taking it easy, but what about the people who worked for him? As the following video from LinkedIn demonstrates, it takes a small army to create an institution like the Late Show, and when Letterman decided Read More >

Your Money or Your Lifestyle: What Do Millennial Consultants Care About?

by Phil Stott  |  July 18, 2016

According to a recent survey by Fidelity Investments, almost 60% of millennials value work-life balance more highly than compensation in their careers. In a video piece discussing the survey's results, MarketWatch Reporter Catey Hill notes that, when it comes to assessing our levels of happiness at work, compensation typically isn't anywhere near the top of the list-it typically comes in around third or fourth.   Read More >

Will Automation Kill Your Job, or Make You Better at It?

by Phil Stott  |  July 11, 2016

With so much news related to matters of genuine weight and import recently, you can be forgiven if you missed one of the latest (and fastest) examples of an emerging technology being adapted for unintended purposes: within days of Pokemon Go hitting the App Store, it was already being used by thieves to attract potential victims to quiet locations where they could be relieved of their possessions at gunpoint. A trivial change leading to real (and, in this case, frightening) con Read More >

5 Steps for Becoming a Great Negotiator

by Phil Stott  |  July 06, 2016

Negotiating is a skill that often seems like it's innate: you're either the type of person who's good at it, or you're not. And if you are good at it, it's likely because you're naturally assertive and outgoing-and more than likely to be male…right? Maybe that's not the picture of the typical strong negotiator that you have in your head, but it is mine-from car salesmen to a certain presidential candidate whose name is synonymous with deal-making, the archetypal deal-maker in my... Read More >

Consultants and Lawyers: Benefiting from Brexit?

by Phil Stott  |  June 29, 2016

Amid all the coverage of Brexit in the media of late, it's been somewhat difficult to find much in the way of definite outcomes if the UK government decides to honor last week's referendum, and go ahead with extricating itself from the EU. So far, turmoil seems to have beent the order of the day: global markets have see-sawed, the pound has taken a beating, and the UK's political landscape is in uproar. Even the side that won doesn't seem to know what comes next, or how much resemblance it... Read More >

How to Talk About Brexit in a Job Interview

by Phil Stott  |  June 27, 2016

As you're probably aware, the citizens of the United Kingdom voted last week to leave the European Union-a move known as Brexit. As the sole member of the Vault team who had a vote in the referendum (I'm a UK citizen), I thought I'd take the opportunity to attempt to explain what's going on-partly because it's the only thing I've been able to pay attention to since it happened, and partly because I know it's a question that's going to be coming up in an awful lot of job interviews over the... Read More >

'Fit' Interviews: What to Keep in Mind

by Phil Stott  |  June 24, 2016

At a barbecue this past weekend, I ran into an acquaintance who has been trying to make the transition from academia to the private sector (he's an international relations/foreign policy specialist now seeking a consulting role). When I asked him how his search has been going, he expressed frustration: he has an impressive resume, which has been opening doors for interviews, but he's been struggling to get past the first couple of rounds. His conclusion: "I don't think I interview... Read More >

5 Apps to Improve Your Productivity

by Phil Stott  |  June 15, 2016

I wrote recently about spending time with productivity expert Graham Allcott, founder of Think Productive, and author of the book How to Be a Productivity Ninja. As I noted in that piece, much of the information that Allc Read More >