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

Smart Futures

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  Brian Macken

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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Is engineering for me?

Are you naturally curious about how things work? Love solving problems? Enjoy making, breaking or designing things? If you answered yes, engineering might be right for you.

Is engineering for me?

Are you naturally curious about how things work? Love solving problems? Enjoy making, breaking or designing things? If you answered yes, engineering might be right for you.

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STEPS works in strategic partnership with Science Foundation Ireland Smart-Futures-STEPS-SFI-merged-logo-2016-cropped-250.jpgon Smart Futures, a collaborative government-industry-education programme promoting STEM careers to post-primary students in Ireland. STEPS is managed by Engineers Ireland and supported by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills, and a number of major engineering employers.

The aims of the STEPS programme are:
  • Encouraging a positive attitude towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Introducing to students the relevance of science, engineering, technology and mathematics to industry and everyday life
  • Raising a positive awareness and understanding of engineering as a career choice
  • Promoting a greater understanding of the role and contribution of engineering in society
  • Highlighting the advantages, diversity, opportunities and excellent rewards offered by a career in engineering

The STEPS team develops programmes for various audiences, including primary and post-primary students, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents. All STEPS post-primary activity is part of the national Smart Futures programme.

STEPS is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Funding Programme and is managed by Engineers Ireland. It is supported by a number of major engineering employers.

Smart Futures is a collaborative government-industry-education programme that provides second-level school students in Ireland with information about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and access to role models via its volunteering programme which offers free school visits. Smart Futures is coordinated and managed by Science Foundation Ireland, in partnership with the Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme.




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