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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.

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Civil Service - Staff Officer

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Last Updated: April, 2015

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Intermediate role in a government department reporting to the Executive Officer.


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The competencies required for the Staff Officer role in the public services are as follows:

Thinking Analysis/ Problem Solving

  • Accurately gathers information required and presents it clearly;
  • demonstrates thoroughness and accuracy in tracking back information.
  • Considers issues thoroughly before making proposals/ recommendations.
  • Handles and manipulates numerical information.

Decision Making & Judgment

  • Evaluates information available before making decisions.
  • Follows through on decisions made, taking responsibility where appropriate.

People - Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Demonstrates tact and diplomacy when dealing with others, treats others with respect and builds rapport by remaining polite and approachable at all times with others.
  • Team-working Team Facilitation; Empowers team members to work towards team goals using a balance of participation, guidance and devolved decision making.

Results Planning & Managing Resources

  • Plans and prioritises to meet targets, delegates work appropriately, monitors and reviews progress against plans and develops contingency plans to ensure targets are met.

Managing & Developing People Getting the Best from Others;

  • Supervises others by providing clear direction and monitoring performance and attendance.
  • Provides coaching and development when required.
  • Delegates tasks, distributes work fairly and treats others consistently.
  • Values and rewards the contribution of others.

Customer Focus

  • Demonstrates commitment to meeting the needs of both internal and external customers in an efficient and effective way.

Commitment to Quality Results

  • Strives to achieve quality by checking and monitoring work for accuracy and ensuring guidelines and procedures are followed.

Personal Self Awareness, Development & Confidence

  • Is committed to developing own knowledge base and applies this.  

Flexibility & Change Orientation

  • Shows openness and a willingness to adopt new ways of working and involves others in change.
  • Implements change.


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  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
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