- Schools launch courses in "design thinking"
Companies increasingly want employees who are well-versed in design concepts and schools are responding by launching programs that aim to help students solve business problems using "design thinking." Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, which is credited for initiating the concept, has worked with organizations such as Electronic Arts and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fine-tune its curriculum and provide students with employment opportunities. The Wall Street Journal
- 5 ways to make yourself happier at work
The key to being happy at work isn't getting a new boss or finding a new position, it's changing your attitude, says Beverly Flaxington, author of "Make Your SHIFT." She provides five tips for getting out of the "victim mode" such as changing the way you communicate with your boss. USA TODAY
- For PR professionals, social media cuts both ways
PR professionals who send out lackluster pitches risk seeing their outreach efforts mocked on Facebook and Twitter, Amber Mac writes. To avoid that fate, it's important to personalize your pitches and send them to individual journalists via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. "There are many writers, myself included, who spend more time on services like Twitter than in their inbox," Mac writes. Fast Company online
- Unusual jobs and what they pay
This infographic identifies seven unusual career paths and the salaries they offer. For example, a crop duster pilot can earn $80,000 a year. Crime-scene cleaners start at $35,000 and Australian submarine cooks can earn more than $187,000. TheDailyMuse.com
- Why fear might be holding back your job search
When your job search stalls it can be scary to think you might need to start all over, but you need to confront that fear if you want to land a job, Tom Cairns writes. "If that means rewriting your resume, attending more networking events, targeting more companies, learning to use social media, preparing for another job interview then so be it," he writes. CareerRocketeer.com
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- Are we hardwired to be warmongers?
The course of human evolution has left us hardwired to wage war upon one another, writes prominent biologist E. O. Wilson. Tribal conflict and battles for territory have marked the human experience for many millennia, Wilson argues, leaving us with the genes for teamwork, social networking and alliance-building, but also with a genetic predisposition toward acts of terrible group-on-group violence. Discover magazine