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.

We asked Brian Macken from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:


Brian Macken

Science Communicator

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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.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

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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70 New Jobs for Dublin with MTT

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70 New Jobs for Dublin with MTT

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 

70 New Jobs for Dublin with MTT

Travel app developer Mobile Travel Technologies Ltd (MTT) is to create 70 jobs in Dublin over the next six months.

The new roles will be in the areas of:

  • Software development
  • Product management
  • Design
  • Quality assurance
  • Finance
  • Sales
  • Account management
  • Marketing

They will be located at MTT’s headquarters at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin.

MTT interim chief executive Bryan Conway said the expansion signals an exciting period of growth for MTT as it prepares to announce deals with some of the airline and travel industry’s most well-known brands and continues to concentrate on winning more business in the travel industry.

Last year, MTT launched multi-device apps for Singapore Airlines and one of the first airline apps on the Apple Watch with easyJet. 

MTT currently have a number of job vacanies at their Dublin base advertised online including; Technical Team Lead, DevOps Engineer, Senior Web Developer and QA Engineer.

To view all jobs and details on how to apply click here


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