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:

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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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Posted on October 17, 2017

BA in Creative Digital Media at IT Tallaght

As a Creative Media student at IT Tallaght, you’ll be thinking, designing and creating from your first days in the door. The course attracts ambitious, talented people who want a practical, hands-on education that prepares them for careers in the media and cultural sectors.

An exciting range of practice-based modules allows students to specialise as they move through the programme. You’ll also be studying and discussing the role of the media in society keeping an eye to emerging 21st century social and technological trends.

To give you an idea of what's involved in the course, our website was designed and developed by third year students as part of their project work, have a look here.


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