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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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Carlow Institute of Further Education

Carlow Institute of Further Education

Art, Design & Mixed Media


Course Code:  5M1984
Award Code(s):  5M1984
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is for students who are looking to produce an exciting, competitive and creative body of art portfolio work. Students will gain skills in creative thinking in drawing, mixed media, print, painting and various other media. Our students are very successful in securing places in all top art and IT colleges through guidance from teachers and dedication of students.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updted and to meet demands.

Drawing Painting Design Skills Combined Materials Communications Sculpture Printmaking Work Experience Portfolio Preparation

 

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Photographer   Creative Director  
Camera Operator   Fashion Designer  
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Graphic Designer   Architect  
Interior Architect / Designer   Animator  
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Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Art, Craft & Design
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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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5M1984