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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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Office Technology Training

Course Code(s):  5M1997
QQI Award Code:  5M1997 Office Administration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Castlebar College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M1997
QQI Award Code 5M1997 Office Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is a one year intensive course in Office Technology. It is designed for mature students and for those who may have left the world of work and now wish to return. Students will cover computer applications most commonly used in the workplace today.

Classes are held mornings only from 9.30 am 1.00 pm. The aim of this course is to provide students with skills, training and confidence that will enable them to pursue a career in the modern office environment. Successful students will be awarded with a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Office Administration

What will you Study?

Word Processing 5N1358
Text Production 5N1422
Audio Transcription 5N1549
Database Methods 5N0783
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Payroll Manual and Computerised 5N1546
Information and Administration 5N1389
Customer Service 5N0972
Work Experience 5N1356
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
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