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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DL828  3D Design, Modelmaking and Digital Art 

IADT Dun Laoghaire 

699 
CW948  Accounting 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

306 
GA181  Accounting 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

306 
SG146  Accounting 

IT Sligo 

278 
WD084  Accounting 

Waterford IT - WIT 

296 
CW936  Accounting 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

215 
DK810  Accounting and Finance 

Dundalk IT - DKIT 

300 
DB521  Accounting and Finance 

Dublin Business School - DBS 

244 
GC401  Accounting and Finance 

Griffith College Dublin 

234 
NC022  Accounting and Finance 

National College of Ireland - NCI 

336 
GC201  Accounting and Finance 

Griffith College Cork 

 
GA878  Accounting and Financial Management (Castlebar) 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

169 
LY117  Administration and IT - Discontinued 

Letterkenny IT - LYIT 

 
SG332  Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building Technology 

IT Sligo 

156 
CW568  Aerospace Engineering 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

365 
SG430  Agri-food Science 

IT Sligo 

234 
SG440  Agri-food Science 

IT Sligo 

307 
GA777  Agricultural and Environmental Management (Mountbellew) 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

290 
TL844  Agricultural Engineering 

IT Tralee 

320 
TL744  Agricultural Engineering 

IT Tralee 

270 
LC284  Agricultural Mechanisation (Salesian Agricultural College Pallaskenry) 

Limerick IT - LIT 

188 
WD191  Agricultural Science 

Waterford IT - WIT 

389 
TL748  Agricultural Science 

IT Tralee 

293 
TL848  Agricultural Science 

IT Tralee 

346 
CR010  Agriculture 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

292 
DK882  Agriculture 

Dundalk IT - DKIT 

341 
LY877  Agriculture 

Letterkenny IT - LYIT 

204 
WD126  Agriculture 

Waterford IT - WIT 

349 
GA789  Agriculture and Environmental Management 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

302 
CW507  Aircraft Systems 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

308 
CW107  Analytical Science 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

215 
DL832  Animation 

IADT Dun Laoghaire 

1011 
TL801  Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design 

IT Tralee 

252 
SG446  Applied Archaeology 

IT Sligo 

326 
SG438  Applied Archaeology 

IT Sligo 

223 
SG403  Applied Archaeology 

IT Sligo 

134 
LC260  Applied Biology 

Limerick IT - LIT 

233 
GA781  Applied Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

315 
GA771  Applied Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

282 
CR006  Applied Biosciences 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

361 
LY708  Applied Computing 

Letterkenny IT - LYIT 

276 
DK640  Applied Engineering 

Dundalk IT - DKIT 

 
GA780  Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

302 
GA770  Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

281 
WD188  Applied Health Care 

Waterford IT - WIT 

249 
DK860  Applied Music 

Dundalk IT - DKIT 

 
CR001  Applied Physics and Instrumentation 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

287 
DL825  Applied Psychology 

IADT Dun Laoghaire 

377 
GA889  Applied Social Care 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

300 
GA879  Applied Social Care (Mayo Campus) 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

270 
CW758  Applied Social Studies (Professional Care) 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

290 
CW717  Applied Social Studies (Professional Care) 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

240 
CW068  Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) (Wexford) 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

270 
CW017  Applied Social Studies - Professional Social Care (Wexford) 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

161 
BN011  Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

271 
WD018  Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

Waterford IT - WIT 

195 
AL765  Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

Athlone IT - AIT 

280 
SG134  Applied Sport with Business 

IT Sligo 

WD195  Architectural and Building Information Modelling Technology 

Waterford IT - WIT 

273 
SG345  Architectural Design 

IT Sligo 

290 
LY547  Architectural Technology 

Letterkenny IT - LYIT 

162 
CW468  Architectural Technology 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

261 
GA472  Architectural Technology 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

213 
GA483  Architectural Technology 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

252 
WD094  Architectural Technology 

Waterford IT - WIT 

209 
CW407  Architectural Technology 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

181 
CR090  Architectural Technology 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

244 
GA462  Architectural Technology - Discontinued 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

228 
WD144  Architecture 

Waterford IT - WIT 

287 
DL827  Art 

IADT Dun Laoghaire 

518 
CW057  Art (Wexford) 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

700 
CW038  Art - Wexford Campus 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

700 
LC110  Art and Design 

Limerick IT - LIT 

714 
DB563  Arts 

Dublin Business School - DBS 

117 
DC295  Arts (Joint Honours) Politics 

Dublin City University - DCU 

360 
LM002  Arts - Drama and Theatre Studies 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
LM002  Arts - Economics 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
LM002  Arts - English 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
WD200 ENG  Arts - English 

Waterford IT - WIT 

267 
WD200 FRH  Arts - French 

Waterford IT - WIT 

267 
LM002  Arts - French 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
LM002  Arts - Gaeilge 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
WD200 NPF  Arts - General Entry 

Waterford IT - WIT 

267 
LM002  Arts - Geography 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
LM002  Arts - German 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
LM002  Arts - History 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
WD200 IRH  Arts - Irish 

Waterford IT - WIT 

267 
LM002  Arts - Irish Music and Dance 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
LM002  Arts - Linguistics with TESOL 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
LM002  Arts - Mathematics 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
LM002  Arts - New Media and Cultural Studies 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
LM002  Arts - Philosophy 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
LM002  Arts - Politics and International Relations 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
LM002  Arts - Psychology 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
LM002  Arts - Public Administration and Leadership 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
WD200 RES  Arts - Religious Studies 

Waterford IT - WIT 

267 
LM002  Arts - Sociology 

University of Limerick - UL 

360 
WD200 SOC  Arts - Sociology 

Waterford IT - WIT 

267 
WD200 SPH  Arts - Spanish 

Waterford IT - WIT 

267 
LM002  Arts - Spanish 

University of Limerick - UL 

360