7 Lessons for Alumni Software from the Failed Iowa Voting App

February 4, 2020


by
fredrik

Software is eating the world. As Iowa’s failed election app shows, that can sometimes be terrifying. The mobile app was supposed to make reporting results smoother. Instead, the app failed on multiple levels, resulting in “inconsistencies” and widespread fears of election hacking. 

At Fox News, the schadenfreude is real. For those hoping the first Democratic primary election in Iowa would be a step towards restoring faith in American democracy, the failure of this little piece of enterprise software is an absolute nightmare.  Keep reading >

Do students really want to be mentored?

January 21, 2020


by
fredrik

I was at a conference for career services professionals when one of the presenters, a career office director, nearly had me choke on my coffee. “Students don’t want to be mentored,” she said, “they want internships and jobs.”

As someone who’s mentored 200+ students and launched hundreds of successful mentoring programs at Firsthand, I nearly stopped her, mid-presentation, to tell her she was missing the point. Of course students want jobs. Getting a good job is the #1 reason people pursue higher education. Saying that students want jobs and not mentoring amounts to saying that people want a salary, but don’t want to work.  Keep reading >

How I “Defined The Relationship” With My First Job Out of College

June 22, 2017


by
Michelle Xu

It was 9:41pm on a Friday, but the daylight in Lillesand, Norway was not letting up. Earlier that day, my New York-based coworkers and I had caught fish, baited crab traps, and enjoyed a Norwegian dinner with open-faced prawn sandwiches. As we gathered around the campfire to make s’mores under the dimming night sky, I thought to myself, “How did I get so lucky?” Keep reading >

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Questions for the Interviewer

November 2, 2016


by
fredrik

For the better part of an hour, you’ve done your best to answer questions about your strengths, your weaknesses, and your five-year plan. It’s been awkward. By the time the interviewer asks “So, any questions for me,” you’re spent. But it’s not over yet. There’s ample opportunity for failure and redemption in how you answer this last critical job interview question. Keep reading >

How to “Tell Me About Yourself” in Job Interviews

October 24, 2016


by
fredrik

“So, tell me about yourself.” “Tell me your story.” “Walk me through your resume.” Virtually every job interview opens with a version of the same one-liner. It’s a softball, but it’s also a trap. Answer it poorly, and spend the rest of your interview trying to undo a bad impression. Answer it well, and the job is yours to lose. Keep reading >

Choosing a Finance Career: Investment Banker vs. Financial Analyst

August 12, 2016


by
Jonatan Borges

Choosing a career path may be stressful, but fret not. Whether you’re still in college or just starting your first job, you have your entire professional life ahead of you. Congratulations! The possibilities are endless. However, the first few years of your career will likely dictate your career path, income potential, as well as your personal life. A little frightening, but I don’t mean to scare you! I’m only trying to tell you the truth. Keep reading >

Startup Your Finance Career

July 28, 2016


by
Jonatan Borges

Why you should work in finance at a startup — When looking for a job in finance most people think of Wall Street and big banks, but have you ever considered working in finance at a startup? Described as the “New Gold Rush,” the tech boom has created more opportunities to join a startup than ever before. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in New York’s Silicon Alley for the past few years, and I feel it’s time I share some of my experiences. Keep reading >