Vault Careers

Vault’s Careers Blog covers working world news and trends, with advice and strategies for modern careerists. Careers Blog contributors advise on everything from cover letters to exit interviews, with an ear to the ground on recruiting trends, unemployment numbers, and the ever changing job market.

Contributors have included:

  • Cathy Vandewater: Cathy is an associate producer for Vault.com. A writer, editor, and serial intern, she holds a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute.
  • Phil Stott: Phil Stott is currently Vault's consulting editor.  Originally from Scotland, he has lived in Eastern Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and has worked in fields such as consumer banking, education, and journalism.

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Day in the Life of a New York City School Teacher

by Vault Careers  |  August 26, 2015

Clara Lin is a first grade school teacher in New York City. Lin always knew that she wanted to work in the field of education, but she wasn't sure exactly what she wanted to do, so she decided not to pursue the traditional undergraduate path to teacher certification. After graduating from college, she decided to look for a position in adult education and soon found a position at a nonprofit teaching English to adult students from all over the world. Eventually, she was promoted and became... Read More >

3 Ways Law Students Can Become More Confident Communicators

by Vault Careers  |  August 24, 2015

Conventional wisdom says law school is all about training students to think and act like a "lawyer." However, in a changing world, transitioning from law student to lawyer requires skills that are not easily found in classrooms or case books. These soft skills are not just important for aspiring lawyers - they're essential. Perhaps the most important of these soft skills is public speaking. No matter where your legal education takes you, a superior set of presentation skills allows you to... Read More >

Pros and Cons of Working in the Internet and Social Media Industry

by Vault Careers  |  August 17, 2015

There are many pros and cons to working in the Internet/social media industry. It's important to know what's attractive and challenging about the industry so that you can be prepared to meet any challenges that come your way along your path to success. Pros 1. Cutting edge. It's cool to be on the cutting edge of technology. 2. Smart coworkers. The industry is loaded with creative, well-educated people who are often inspiring to work with. 3. Career diversity. Jobs are available for... Read More >

The Secret to Callback Interview Success

by Vault Careers  |  August 12, 2015

You have survived the insanity of the on-campus interview process. Your head is spinning but there is no time to take a breather. Your attention must now turn to callback, or in-office, interviews. Law firms have exceptionally high expectations of students invited to their offices. Planning must be exhaustive because it is, quite simply, inconsiderate to attend a callback with inadequate preparation. If you do show up ill-equipped to present yourself as a well-rehearsed viable candidate,... Read More >

Freshfields in the U.S.--Curious minds, global teams and excellent training

by Vault Careers  |  August 12, 2015

Vault named us the #1 firm in the US for international work in 2014 and 2015. We're an international firm. With over 200 lawyers in the US and another 2,300 lawyers worldwide, we help clients achieve their goals, however ambitious they are and wherever they need our advice. No one matches our breadth and depth of international experience. But what separates us the most from our peers is that we take on the hard cases, those without precedent, where the cross-border challenges crop up for... Read More >

How to Ace Guesstimate Interview Questions

by Vault Careers  |  August 03, 2015

Guesstimates are interview questions that ask candidates to come up with a figure, usually the size of a market or the number of objects in an area. The most important thing to remember about guesstimates is that they are designed to let your interviewer see how your mind works, rather than designed to see if you can get the right answer. In any case, here's how to tackle them: 1. Begin with a question. For any guesstimate or brainteaser question, you will need to understand whether your... Read More >

From Classroom to Cubicle

by Vault Careers  |  July 29, 2015

After graduation, most students assume their lives will drastically change as they transition from a college classroom into their careers of choice. After starting work, however, they may be surprised to find the number of ways life does not change. Many skills, habits and routines learned or experienced in school apply in the professional world. In fact, by approaching an accounting career as a student, one can not only survive, but thrive in the industry. Here are five lessons learned in... Read More >

5 Tips for Successfully Refinancing Your Graduate School Loans

by Vault Careers  |  July 27, 2015

When the average college grad is leaving school with more than $30,000 in debt, it's enough to make anybody stop and think twice before signing on the dotted line. But when it comes to graduate or professional school, the price tag is even higher. Graduate students make up about 16% of the overall student population, but they account for about 40% of recent federal loan disbursements.  And while the median debt load for the average grad student is $57,600, 25% of those students borrow... Read More >

How to Nail the Phone Interview

by Vault Careers  |  July 27, 2015

Increasingly, companies are conducting first-round interviews over the phone. This helps recruiting and hiring managers zero in on top candidates more efficiently. For many candidates, however, a phone interview can be a frightening prospect. Most people communicate better in person-where nonverbal cues like gestures and smiles can make up for otherwise awkward moments. But the reality is that phone interviews aren't going anywhere for now-so what can you do to present yourself in the... Read More >

At Work With a Video Game Designer

by Vault Careers  |  July 27, 2015

Designing games involves creating stories, characters, dialogue, graphics, and sound effects, as well as sometimes writing programming code (although much programming is now automated). It is a very creative process, requiring imagination and computer and communication skills to develop games that are interactive and entertaining. Some game designers work on their own and try to sell their designs to companies that produce and distribute games; others are employees of companies such as... Read More >

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