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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Career Stories from Ireland

Everybody's career journey is different. As you begin yours, or approach the next crossroads along your journey, you will be faced with new challenges and new opportunities. Taking those challenges, preparing for the next step, and growing your career is all part of normal career development.

In this section you can read about the career development of over 150 Irish workers who have taken the time to tell their story so far. We asked all of our interviewees:

  • about their career and its development
  • about their current job
  • about their education and training
  • about themselves
  • for their advice relating to their current job

Their stories are provided directly and without editing, and provide a unique insight into both the job roles and the career choices made by people from the length and breath of Ireland. Additionally they provide a unique insight into the organisations they work for. Most interviews are also accompanied with videos shot in their workplace - providing yet another insight into the workplace.

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