Group Projects: How to Lead without Doing All of the Work

Let’s face it- group projects are something that we all dread. It can be difficult to align expectations, and ultimately responsibilities usually fall on just one or two group members. Rather than taking on the brunt of the work at the last minute, set your group up for success in seven quick steps. Continue reading Group Projects: How to Lead without Doing All of the Work

Lessons Learned from Entrepreneurs

Starting your own business and embarking upon your own entrepreneurial venture can be daunting and filled with uncertainty. But, we have collected advice and wisdom from over a dozen entrepreneurs in our Fireside Chats series to guide you, our entrepreneurial-minded reader, to the next stage of your professional career.
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How to Become a Whiz at Networking Events

Fireside Insights spent an evening with Network After Work, an organization with monthly recurring networking events hosted across 85 cities, promoting our website and socializing with other business owners, entrepreneurs, and career-minded professionals. Aiming to shift away from mundane networking events, the organization provides a relaxed atmosphere within which people are welcome to make meaningful connections. At Fireside Insights, we know how daunting it can be to meet and network with strangers, but equipped with a few tools, you can easily navigate through a crowd and become more proficient at networking. Continue reading How to Become a Whiz at Networking Events

5 Ways to Prepare for Your First Day at a New Job

Starting a new job is exciting. Many times, it’s a milestone marking the next stage of professional and financial success. In order to make the best impression when you begin, it’s imperative that you mentally prepare yourself for what is to come. While you will definitely undergo some degree of onboarding when you start, knowing as much as possible before your first day will put you ahead of the game. Here’s how you can prepare: Continue reading 5 Ways to Prepare for Your First Day at a New Job

How to Craft an Effective Elevator Pitch

A well-crafted elevator pitch is an instrumental asset in a professional’s toolkit but creating a succinct and effective one can be challenging. It is a quick introduction of yourself that you give in settings such as conferences, seminars, networking events, orientations and…elevators. They are 30 seconds to one minute in length and help to give a snapshot of your professional accomplishments and goals. Similar to a resume, this speech is something that should always be up-to-date and ready to be dished at any given moment. While your speech should be unique to you, follow these general guidelines to ensure that your pitch is an effective one: Continue reading How to Craft an Effective Elevator Pitch

How to Prepare for Consulting Recruitment Season

As the weather turns to fall, legions of eager students turn their attention to the annual recruitment season for consulting firms. The interview process is nerve-wracking to begin with, but to evaluate a candidate’s problem-solving abilities and personality under pressure, consulting interviewers employ the case interview method in which the candidate is presented a business case without any data shared beforehand and must solve the problem. In the case interview, the candidate’s problem-solving methodology is more important than the actual solution he proposes, so special attention must be paid during preparation.

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Six Signs It May Be Time for You to Leave Your Job

As you navigate through your career, it can be tough to break away from the routine of your work life and evaluate your career’s future. This can sometimes lead to stagnation, as many people stay in roles that aren’t a good fit or do not advance them towards their career goals. It may be difficult to discern whether or not this applies to you, so we have compiled six clear-cut signs that it may be time for you to leave your job. Continue reading Six Signs It May Be Time for You to Leave Your Job

Career Perspectives: the Life of an Equity Trading Analyst

At Fireside Insights, we believe the best way to learn about potential career opportunities is through exposure. In this Career Perspectives article, we learned about what it is like to work in the finance world as a trading analyst from Prince Ilboudo. Prince graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations and is currently working as an Equity Trading Analyst at Capital Group where he provides quantitative analysis for their European trading activity. Continue reading Career Perspectives: the Life of an Equity Trading Analyst

Stop Competing and Start Collaborating: Why Entrepreneurs Should Work Together

Being an entrepreneur is hard work. The long nights and endless list of priorities can be daunting, especially in the beginning. Many entrepreneurs in this predicament overlook one obvious resource that can help lead them to success: other entrepreneurs. It’s instinctual to feel the need to compete with others, after all, you want to be the biggest and the best. However, once you push past this urge and focus your energy on developing yourself and your brand, you will find that teaming up with other entrepreneurs will serve you more than isolating yourself from them. Here’s why: Continue reading Stop Competing and Start Collaborating: Why Entrepreneurs Should Work Together

The STAR Approach: How to Answer Interview Questions Effectively

When you are interviewing for any role, regardless of the position, you can expect to be asked behavioral or situational interview questions. These questions give the employer a lens as to how you would handle different situations that may arise in the workplace. Some examples of these types of questions include: Continue reading The STAR Approach: How to Answer Interview Questions Effectively

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