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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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 >

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 >