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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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 >

Will Remote Work Kill the Corporate Office?

by Phil Stott  |  April 25, 2017

One of the great promises of modern technology is the idea that workers do not need to be physically tethered to their workplace. Whether working from home or dotting around the country or planet on different assignments, the capabilities now exist to ensure that many people would rarely need to set foot in a corporate office building in order to do their jobs. But is a future where this vision comes to pass likely? Kirill Tatarinov, CEO of Citrix Systems, seems to think that it is. In an... Read More >

Why Wall Street is Losing Employees to Silicon Valley

by Phil Stott  |  April 19, 2017

Once the poster child for how to succeed in business, Wall Street has fallen on hard times recently-at least in terms of its image. In a recent interview with David Rubenstein for Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman offered a refreshingly unvarnished take on why that is: "The facts are that, absent the Great Depression, the Great Recession that we all went through, Wall Street had a large part to do with, if not the major part to do with it. Read More >

1 in 7 People Don't Believe in Paternity Leave. That's Great News.

by Phil Stott  |  March 28, 2017

According to a recent Pew Research poll, approximately one in seven Americans-15% of the population-apparently believes that men "shouldn't be able to take paternity leave," whether paid or unpaid. Unsurprisingly, that's been making the rounds on social media, often with accompanying concern from people who believe that the stat heralds an unwelcome rebirth of 1950s-era values. But, while I agree that the stat does show a surprising level of support for a position that seems completely... Read More >

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 >

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