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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New Yahoo offices have capacity for 130 additional staff

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New Yahoo offices have capacity for 130 additional staff

Thursday, March 26, 2015 

New Yahoo offices have capacity for 130 additional staff

Internet giant Yahoo has invested $12m (€10.9) in a new EMEA headquarters in Dublin. The 78,000sq ft office space at Point Village were formally opened yesterday by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. This new premises provides capacity to increase the company's Irish workforce from 320 to 450, providing for 130 additional staff.

Yahoo first came to Ireland in 2003. The Dublin team provides Customer Care, Technical and Operational Support, and Finance-related services for the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region, as well as to some Yahoo customers in the US and other regions.

Commenting on the Irish operation Yahoo chief financial officer Ken Goldman said: "We are fundamentally here because of the talent pool, the stability of the country, the fact that it is part of the EU, and the overall sense of excitement and optimism that exists in the country."

He added that the company hoped to continue expanding in Ireland. Pat Scully, Yahoo Managing Director for Europe Middle East and Africa,  said: “We first looked at this building in 2013 when we announced 200 jobs. We knew we were growing fast, and many of those jobs were filled in 90 days.”

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