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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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Is the Future of Professional Education Here?

by Phil Stott  |  May 20, 2013

It's felt for a while like we're on the verge of a major step forward in how education is designed and delivered to students-and it seems like the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) may well be the future we've been waiting for.   More specifically, Georgia Institute of Technology has partnered with Udacity, an online education platform, and AT&T to deliver a masters in computer science that will be available online for just $7,000-less than a fifth of the cost of taking the course on... Read More >

How to Win: Career Lessons from Soccer's Greatest Manager

by Phil Stott  |  May 14, 2013

It's a mark of how much times and interests have changed that news of the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson from the manager's job at Manchester United made it into mainstream U.S. media last week. At the start of his managerial career, Ferguson leaving a job would barely have created a stir in the neighboring town in his native Scotland, while the American audience for his version of "football" barely registered on the scale. But after a managerial career spanning more than three... Read More >

Stop Multitasking, Start Working

by Phil Stott  |  May 07, 2013

A few years back, one of the resume buzz phrases du jour involved describing yourself with some variation of the following: "good/great/strong/effective multitasker." It had all the hallmarks of a great catchphrase-it sounded fresh and exciting, it conveyed a sense of its user as someone with their finger on the pulse, it had very few negative connotations, and it seemed to cover a lot of ground without actually saying anything at all. (Really: it can just as easily mean "capable of... Read More >

Why Good People Can't Find Jobs -- What You're Up Against

by Phil Stott  |  April 29, 2013

There's a serious disconnect between companies and potential employees in the United States-one that may be holding our entire economy back. And, contrary to the conventional wisdom, it's a problem that has been caused-and can only be cured by-companies. So says Peter Cappelli in his 2012 book Why Good People Can't Get Jobs.  In Cappelli's view of the state of the modern employment landscape, there are several issues preventing companies from finding the talent they need-and none of them... Read More >

4 Tips for Beating the Curse of Long Term Unemployment

by Phil Stott  |  April 16, 2013

If you're out of work, there's one major factor that can predict how successful you're likely to be in your job hunt: the length of time since you last held a job-with an almost mystical dividing line setting in at the six month period. A recent article in the Atlantic reported on a study that examined the callback rates to interviews for a set of fake resumes where the only major difference was the duration since the "candidate" had become unemployed. Here's the article's author, Matthew... Read More >

Career Advice from the Most Highlighted Books of All Time

by Phil Stott  |  April 08, 2013

Did you know that Amazon keeps track of all the highlights that you make on your Kindle? And that it can count up all the individual highlights to create a list that gives us a snapshot of the things in books that people respond to; things they deem to be so important, so profound, so well-written, so beautiful, that they want to mark it, to have a record that they can revisit over and over? Well, they do.  So what kind of things are on the list? This is probably the point where many will... Read More >

A Day in the Life: Humana Veteran and Military Spouse Hiring

by Phil Stott  |  April 02, 2013

In the summer of 2011, President Obama challenged U.S. employers to hire at least 100,000 military veterans and/or their spouses by 2013. The challenge came at a time when the unemployment rate for men and women who had recently completed their military service was about twice that of the national unemployment rate. One firm that decided to answer that call was Humana, which decided that responding to the military-hiring challenge was not only a good thing to do, but that it also could... Read More >

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... Read More >

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