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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Is an Online MBA for You?

by Phil Stott  |  January 11, 2017

The online grad school experience is something that isn't always treated with the same respect as programs that are taught at physical campuses. And with good reason: you don't have to work very hard to find examples of unscrupulous providers who are essentially trading qualifications for cash, with little in the way of learning happening between the two ends of the exchange. But, in recent years, many more reputable schools have begun offering their programs--or portions of... Read More >

How One Consulting Firm is Reinventing Campus Recruitment

by Phil Stott  |  December 20, 2016

The question of how companies find and recruit talent is one that has increasingly been tied into higher education in recent years: visit any college campus in fall, and if you don't find a career fair in progress, you'll probably find listings for an upcoming one. While the rationale for this system is simple to comprehend-major employers can personally vet hundreds of candidates in a short period of time; students can get a sense of the companies they might want to work for-it's not... Read More >

What Vault's Readers Expect From a Trump Economy

by Phil Stott  |  December 05, 2016

The election may be behind us, but there's a long way to go to bridge the divide between voters on the winning and losing sides-especially on key campaign issues related to jobs and the economy. As you may know, we recently ran our first ever post-election survey to try to gauge what our audience thought the next 4 years had in store for them personally, and for the economy in general. More than 1,500 respondents shared their opinions and, as you'll see below, they couldn't be more... Read More >

Want to be a Billionaire? Go to Harvard

by Phil Stott  |  December 02, 2016

Do billionaires (or people likely to become billionaires) go to Harvard, or does going to Harvard make you more likely to become a billionaire? Either way, one thing is for sure: the world's wealthiest college also happens to have the wealthiest alumni-by a long distance. As the chart below shows, Harvard can boast some 35 billionaire alum, almost 3 times the amount of the next-highest producer of the mega-rich in the country-Columbia. Among those alums with at least 10-figure net worths:... Read More >

The Best Company for Working Parents

by Phil Stott  |  November 30, 2016

Between working on rankings and getting our annual consulting guides out recently-not to mention keeping up with recent events in the political sphere-it's been a busy old fall here at Vault towers. So busy, in fact, that I completely missed a story that would normally fall exactly into our sphere of interest: the fact that one of the world's better-known clothing companies boasts a 100% retention rate for new moms. The company: Patagonia. The reason that stat is so remarkable? As the... Read More >

What Does the Election Mean for Your Career?

by Phil Stott  |  November 21, 2016

Hard as it may be to believe, given the volume of media coverage it's received, it is still less than two weeks since Donald Trump was elected to be the next President. And many people are still coming to terms with what the result-which it's fair to characterize as something of a surprise, given the pre-election polling-means for all aspects of their lives. Here at Vault, we're no exception to that-since the election, we've featured pieces on the potential ramifications of the result on... Read More >

What Does the Trump Presidency Mean for Student Debt?

by Phil Stott  |  November 14, 2016

Since the election results became clear last week, there's been no shortage of commentary about what we can expect from the soon-to-be-minted Trump administration on everything from foreign policy and defense spending to whether the President-elect will even live in the White House following his swearing-in. (Much of the speculation, of course, comes from that fact that the results took so many of us by surprise and has provided ample evidence that Read More >

What Trump's Victory Means for the Defense Industry

by Phil Stott  |  November 09, 2016

As we pick over the bones of the election result, one question that surfaces over and over again is this: how many of his campaign promises will President Trump be able to keep, and to what extent? Of particular interest to those in the consulting industry: Trump's spending plans, especially those that relate to defense—a corner of the industry that has taken something of a pounding since the sequester came into effect in 2013. The last time I looked into the figures, Read More >

How to Survive at Work When You Haven't Slept

by Phil Stott  |  November 07, 2016

With many in the nation set for a late night on Tuesday as the election results come in, the only guaranteed outcome at this point seems to be that, come Wednesday, workers across the country will be feeling the effects of staying up too late second-guessing the electoral map. Throw in the after-effects of a couple of nerve-calming drinks (not to mention a couple more for celebration/commiseration purposes), and we could be looking at a post-election productivity slump of epic proportions,... Read More >

How to Break Bad Habits

by Phil Stott  |  November 02, 2016

Fair warning: the video below is about cookies. Or, rather, not eating cookies. Or, to be completely precise, about the process of breaking the habit of eating cookies, which, in turn is a process that can be applied to almost any habit you'd like to rid yourself of as you pursue your life goals. Which, if you know anything about the sort of things we cover on this blog, is exactly the kind of thing we're interested in. If you don't want to watch the video, which comes to us via the Read More >