Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

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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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Course Code:
GC201
Title:
Accounting and Finance
College:
Griffith College. Cork
Qualification:
Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
Duration:
3 Years

 

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Accounting is the process of taking financial data, analysing it, and presenting it in reports that can be easily interpreted by others. This is crucial for businesses, where managers dont always have training in finance, but need this information to make informed decisions.

This course has a flexible range of modules, and has some overlap with BA business studies/international hospitality management..

This course will earn some exemptions from examination by professional accountancy bodies.



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There are many exemptions from professional exams for which graduates of this course are eligible. Students who do not wish to focus on a career as an Accountant will find numerous opportunities in banking, stockbroking, currency trading, management, insurance, or any career in the financial sector.

 

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