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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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Summly: Career Lessons from a 17 Year Old Millionaire

by Phil Stott  |  March 26, 2013

Nick D'Aloisio, a British teenager, has made headlines this week for selling the smartphone app he developed to Yahoo for a cool $30 million. As part of the deal, the app, Summly, will be shuttered (the technology will likely be folded into the overall Yahoo experience), while 17-year old D'Aloisio has signed on to work for the firm for-get this-just the next 18 months. If all of that isn't enough to make you rue your own miserable life, consider this final factoid-he actually began... Read More >

Cracking the Case Question: Advice from the World's Best

by Phil Stott  |  March 18, 2013

Case questions are a critical part of preparing for life as a consultant-not only are they a major component of the course load at many MBA programs, they are often used as a means of testing job candidates at the interview stage. Being able to quickly and efficiently handle a case question, then, is critical. With so much at stake, who better to turn to for advice than some of the best case question solvers around-participants in the annual IESE-Roland Berger International Case... Read More >

Is Yahoo Right to Ban Working From Home?

by Phil Stott  |  February 26, 2013

Is working from home a good idea? Opinions on the subject tend to be fairly starkly divided: people usually either love the idea, or profoundly mistrust it. And the reasons for belonging to either camp are fairly well mapped-out too. Those in the "for" group tend to believe that the freedom to work in comfortable surroundings makes them more productive, and gives them the ability to better balance their work and personal lives. And those who are opposed to it-especially managers-tend to fear... Read More >

Future-proof Your Career

by Phil Stott  |  February 15, 2013

If you want to future-proof your career, it helps to know two things: what skills businesses are likely to need in the coming years; and how HR professionals are anticipating meeting those needs.  While we've looked at the first part of that equation recently (hint: tech skills will be useful), a new report from Accenture goes some way towards addressing the second part of it-and it has some potentially wide-reaching implications for job seekers.  According to the report, Trends Reshaping... Read More >

College Recruiting: Which Industries Are Hiring?

by Phil Stott  |  February 07, 2013

Is the job market for MBAs starting to show signs of life? The most recent recruiting survey from the MBA Career Services Council (MBA CSC) seems to suggest that it is-with business schools across the nation reporting an uptick in on-campus recruitment activity across a variety of industry sectors. According to the MBA CSC Fall 2012 Recruiting Survey report, some 45 percent of respondents reported an increase in on-campus recruiting activity compared to the same period in the previous year.... Read More >

Consulting: Where the Jobs Are

by Phil Stott  |  January 29, 2013

To get a sense of where the consulting market is likely to be hottest-and, more importantly, to get a sense of where the jobs will be-it pays to listen to those whose job it is to assess and identify opportunities in the global business. Happily, the folks over at Consulting magazine have made that process a sight easier: the January 2013 edition of the magazine contains a series of interviews with leaders of major consulting firms-the very people who get paid to identify potential gaps in... Read More >

How to Stop Procrastinating at Work

by Phil Stott  |  January 22, 2013

"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise as they go flying by." That quote, from the writer Douglas Adams, is as famous an epithet as you're likely to find regarding the art of getting your work in on time-or not, as the case may be.  But while it may be the cause for a wry grin from those of us who occasionally have to pull a series of late nights to finish the work that should have been done two days ago, it doesn't offer us any help on how to avoid getting into that position in the... Read More >

Is an M.B.A. Worth It?

by Phil Stott  |  January 07, 2013

It's the start of grad school application season and, like clockwork, the debate has rolled around again: is it even worth it to spend the next two years of your life pursuing the opportunity to put three little letters on your resume? Once upon a time, the answer was a no-brainer: if you could get into an M.B.A. program, you did it, and came out the other side with a license to pick your job and print money.* Nowadays, however, potential applicants are having to do the sort of... Read More >

Digital Strategy: A Growing Career Field?

by Phil Stott  |  December 21, 2012

Once upon a time, technology used to be a distinct subset of a company's business dealings-something that was seen as necessary on some level (all those workers need desktop PC's), but definitely something that could be left to the tech guys. The core of business, after all, is about making money, while maintaining technology tends to be about spending it.  Increasingly, however, companies are coming to realize that technology is their business-regardless of the fields that they actually... Read More >

Are U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Coming Back?

by Phil Stott  |  December 13, 2012

The idea of a renaissance in the U.S. manufacturing industry has been something of a mini-trend in the business press of late.  You could be forgiven for taking the various predictions with a grain of salt, given what we've seen over the past decade-and particularly the one just past. After all, it's common knowledge: the U.S. just doesn't do manufacturing any more, right? It's just too hard for U.S. workers to compete with employees in low cost countries-especially those with less stringent... Read More >

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