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Career Perspectives: The Life of a Programmer

At Fireside Insights, we believe the best way to learn about potential career opportunities is through exposure. In this Career Perspectives article, we took a deep dive into the technical world with Ryan Bacastow, who told his story of what life is like as a Full-Stack Programmer. Bacastow graduated with a BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and has an MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. His current role is that of a Programmer for William Blair, a global investment banking and asset management firm where he is a data guru…and magician.
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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

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

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

Job Offers: What to Negotiate Before Signing

The phone rings. You receive a call notifying you that you landed the job of your dreams. While your first instinct may be to scream an immediate “yes”, there are several factors to consider and possibly negotiate to ensure that you will be happy in your new role. Continue reading Job Offers: What to Negotiate Before Signing