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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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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CIT CAO Applicant Information Evening

http://www.cit.ie/cao

Tuesday 12th April 2016 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Nexus Hall, Student Centre, Bishopstown Campus

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Cork Institute of Technology is hosting a CAO Applicant Information Evening on its Bishopstown campus on Wednesday, 20th April 2016.

The event, hosted by CIT’s Marketing Unit, is targeted at Leaving Certificate students who have applied for courses at CIT in their 2016 CAO application, and also students who may be contemplating “Change of Mind” options.

The event, which is free and open to all, runs from 6pm - 8pm in the Nexus Hall, Student Centre, CIT Bishopstown Campus.  

 

 

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