2014 End of Year Q&A: Reneging on Offers, Deciding on Offers, The Next Big Thing, Email Etiquette, and Whether or Not Adnan Did It

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Serial PodcastSo, a few things happened this year.

  • The Middle East somehow got even more violent, as did Ukraine
  • Malaysia Airlines became officially the unluckiest airline ever
  • And then there were elections in major countries, and a few other minor issues like ebola

You could add more financial/economic/geopolitical events to that list if you wanted.

But something more significant than any of that happened to me: for the first time ever, I became more interested in a podcast than in new or returning TV shows.

If you have been living under a rock and haven’t heard of or listened to Serial, go download all the episodes right now.

Since a “serialized” show caught my attention, it will be the theme of this year’s Q&A as well: recurring themes and questions that just won’t go away.

And more on whether or not Adnan really did it at the end…

Serialized Theme #1: Reneging on Offers

2014 Mid-Year Reader Q&A: Accelerated Recruiting, Private Equity Recruiting, Story Makeovers, VP-Level Recruiting, and More

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Reader Q&A: Accelerated Recruiting, Private Equity, and VP-Level RecruitingThe last time we did a Q&A, Bitcoin was worth… actually, about what it’s worth right now.

Surprise, surprise.

Since we’re back to that level, it seems like a great time for another round of questions and answers!

Among other topics, we zip through:

  • How to position yourself for full-time recruiting, coming from a lackluster internship.
  • The merits of quitting a new job within the first week (hint: there are none).
  • Story makeovers at all levels – undergrad, MBA, and post-MBA.
  • How to position yourself for IB/PE roles if you’ve had 10+ years of experience in corporate finance.
  • PE recruiting and case studies, because everyone always wants to break in even if there’s a zombie apocalypse.
  • And my usual responses to snarky comments, criticism, and requests for things I don’t want to do.

Let’s go:

Climbing the Ladder: Accelerated Recruiting and Accelerated Quitting

Will Bitcoin Displace the US Dollar? And More Reader Q&A on Networking Overseas, Degree Programs, Responding to the Haters, and More

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2013 End of Year Q&A: Bitcoin EditionI was recently back in Korea and found myself in the same exact coffee shop where I wrote 100+ articles, edited 100+ hours of video, and also answered hundreds of reader questions “back in the day” in 2009-2010.

It was so nostalgic that I said, “Hmm, well, it’s been a year already – might as well do another one of these reader Q&As.”

So here we are.

It’s a lightning round of questions on networking, degrees and certifications (my favorite topic in the world), with some responses to the haters and trolls as well.

But let’s start by talking about the top financial news story of 2013: Bitcoin.

Will it take over the world?

Is it going to displace the US Dollar / other currencies / gold?

Or is it just another tulip bubble waiting to burst and smother everyone in toxic seeds?

My take below…

Bitcoin: World Domination?