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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.
I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.
But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould). However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.
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Cloakroom/luggage attendants are responsible for upkeep and safe storage of coats or possessions in a cloakroom or left luggage office.
Cloakroom attendants work in hotels, conference centres, restaurants, nightclubs, exhibition halls and other places that have large numbers of visitors. The attendants look after the visitors' coats and bags.
Usually, cloakroom attendants work from behind a counter. The visitor comes to the counter and hands over their coat and/or bag (and sometimes a payment). The attendant gives the visitor a numbered ticket and fixes a duplicate ticket to the item. The attendant then puts the clothing or bags onto rails and shelves in a set order. When the visitors want their items back, they hand over the ticket and the attendant matches it up to the one on the racks.
In some places, such as nightclubs, restaurants and conference suites, cloakroom attendants look after coats only. Some attendants work in left-luggage offices, for example, at railway stations, airports and bus stations. Security is a very important aspect of this work.
In some places, luggage is put through an X-ray machine. Cloakrooms are often near to toilets and attendants might have to oversee the washrooms, making sure that they are clean and tidy, and that there are enough supplies of soap and toilet rolls.
This job might be suitable for you if you enjoy providing a service and dealing with the public. You would spend most of the time on your feet and might have to lift and carry heavy items, so it is important that you are fit and active.
You need a responsible attitude to security to be a luggage attendant. Many attendants deal with payments, so you should be able to handle cash and do basic mental arithmetic.
You should be self-reliant and able to work well without close supervision. You might have to work quickly at times, so you need to remain calm when there are long queues.
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