One of the best ones, out of the three, is the first:
"Myth #1 – People with advanced degrees have over-specialized skills that do not transfer outside of academia
Why that’s false: An advanced degree is an excellent indicator of several transferable skills: qualitative and/or quantitative research ability, project/task management skills, long-term dedication to a task, presentation skills, and the ability to learn and develop (and ultimately, to train). These are certainly all relevant and desirable qualities for a variety of positions."
With more and more people with advanced academic degrees (such as M.Sc and Ph.D) hitting the market (since academia will not be able to offer them opportunities), employers should start adapting to this new reality and actually benefit from it.
Article on http://ow.ly/zAAqq :
Opinion piece by Laurie Garrett on http://ow.ly/zyb2b:
Laurie Garrett is senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.
Why an Ebola epidemic is spinning out of control
Laurie Garrett says poor governance, ignorance and hysteria are worsening the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
"There were six times as many patent lawsuits last year (2013) than in the 1980s. The number of firms sued by patent trolls grew nine-fold over the last decade; now a majority of patent lawsuits are filed by trolls."
"The economic burden of today’s patent lawsuits is, in fact, historically unprecedented. Research shows that patent trolls cost defendant firms $29 billion per year in direct out-of-pocket costs; in aggregate, patent litigation destroys over $60 billion in firm wealth each year. "
"Moreover, these costs fall disproportionately on innovative firms: the more R&D a firm performs, the more likely it is to be sued for patent infringement, all else equal. And, although this fact alone does not prove that this litigation reduces firms’ innovation, other evidence suggests that this is exactly what happens."
"[...] the biggest impact is on small startup firms [...], most patent trolls target firms selling less than $100 million a year. One survey of software startups found that 41% reported “significant operational impacts” from patent troll lawsuits, causing them to exit business lines or change strategy. Another survey of venture capitalists found that 74% had companies that experienced “significant impacts” from patent demands."
Article by James Bessen on the http://ow.ly/zAcgQ :
The Evidence Is In: Patent Trolls Do Hurt Innovation
It’s time to do something about it.