We Weren't Facebook

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This book tells the story of a major project run by academics and by TuDocs Ltd in the years 2010 - 2012, to try and generate a student-led new-start business movement in the west of Scotland, namely the Greater Glasgow area. This was a great project which did not succeed, although a few students did manage to build good portfolios and secure jobs in the games industry. More

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About Malcolm Sutherland

Brought up in East Fife, Scotland. Experienced research chemist and student support worker. Organised several projects on behalf of computing students, including an e-portfolios careers website in 2010. Currently a freelance proof-editor and editor-in-chief of an academic journal.


Review by: drakkos on Feb. 5, 2014 :
A short read, but a worthwhile one I think. It 's a really interesting look at the flip-side of two coins.

1) Those who struggle through to attain a PhD and find that all the doors in academia are closed to them. Despite being the majority, we rarely hear their perspectives.

2) Those who buy into the advice of successful billionaires who thumb their nose at 'conventional' employment and advise people start their own companies - certainly something people should *consider* but this is a pretty stark look at what that actually involves.

We hear a lot about successes in these two fields, but virtually nothing about the failures. Much like the scientific process itself, this bias against 'negative results' only ends up causing problems.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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