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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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300 Jobs for Limerick with Financial Services Firm Northern Trust

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300 Jobs for Limerick with Financial Services Firm Northern Trust

Friday, March 06, 2015 

300 Jobs for Limerick with Financial Services Firm Northern Trust

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD; the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD; and Clive Bellows, Country Head Ireland at Northern Trust today announced that financial services company, Northern Trust is to expand its operations in Limerick by creating up to 300 new jobs over the next three years.

This is the second investment in jobs announced by the company in the last three years. As a result of its continued and sustained business expansion, Northern Trust’s Limerick operations are now expected to reach more than 1,000 employees by the end of 2017.

This week it extended its second office location in the city with space for an additional 250 new desks.

Northern Trust has had a presence in Ireland since 1989 and opened its Dublin office in 2000, which now employs more than 500 people.

Its first Limerick office was opened in 2006 and also employs more than 500 people. The offices support Northern Trust clients such as leading alternative, multi-manager and traditional investment managers, pension funds, multi-nationals, insurance companies and not-for-profit organisations across the globe.

Clive Bellows, country head Northern Trust Ireland said “We are pleased to announce the continued expansion of our Limerick office as a result of sustained business growth. We gratefully acknowledge the support of IDA Ireland and the Irish Government as we focus on growing our Limerick office over the next few years, which together with our Dublin operations, will continue to position Northern Trust in Ireland as a key centre of fund administration.”

Details of current job vacancies and career opportunities at Northern Trust’s Ireland offices are available here

Is a career in Financial Services for you? Explore the Irish Banking, Insurance and Financial Services Sector for the latest information on related occupations, college courses and career videos.

Source: IDA Ireland Press Release

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