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


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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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20 New Jobs with Cork Fertility Clinic

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20 New Jobs with Cork Fertility Clinic

Monday, January 26, 2015 

20 New Jobs with Cork Fertility Clinic

20 new jobs are to be created with the opening of a new fertility clinic in Cork.

The SIMS IVF clinic at Citygate, Mahon brought eight new jobs with its opening says it will see further recruitment in the coming months. 

The company which started 1997 has invested €3 million in the expansion and is now Ireland’s largest private fertility treatment unit with headquarters at Clonskeagh, Dublin.

Co-founder and CEO, Doctor David Walsh said, “World Health Organisation statistics for Ireland show that one in five people here have fertility issues. In fact, we have the highest infertility rate in Europe, largely due to pregnancy being delayed until relatively late in life. Treatments include IVF, sperm donation, donor egg treatment, reproductive immunology, and EEVA, the Early Embryo Viability Assessment test. The Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Mary Shields said, “Reproductive technology is an exciting field of medicine focused on new life. “I welcome the fact that this new SIMS IVF Clinic in Cork now offers more choice, access and information for people in the Munster region with fertility issues.”

Details of Career Opportunities with SIMS IVF will be available here.


The CareersPortal Team