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

Smart Futures

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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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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Physical disabilities are conditions that affect the physical body. They can be caused by anything from arthritis or amputation to spinal cord injury, or cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and spina bifida. Medical conditions such as cardiac or respiratory disease can also affect physical ability and mobility.

People with physical disabilities are more likely to be challenged by the physical environment and/or the attitudes and beliefs of society than by the disability itself. 

Those who use wheelchairs, calipers, crutches, canes or prostheses often find it difficult moving about the physical environment. Physical access to buildings themselves, or to particular rooms within buildings can be challenging.

In the work or college environment, time constraints such as those imposed by deadlines and timetables, can introduce added pressure in getting from A to B. Participation in activities with peers, or attendance at events can be hindered by low energy levels or fatigue.  

The Disabilities  A-Z section [Left] includes physical and medical disabilities and their characteristics in the context of educational and career progression:

  • How does the disability impact learning skills and development?
  • How does the disability impede educational opportunity and progression?
  • What learning tips and strategies are there for students with this difficulty?
  • What supports are out there for students with this particular difficulty or disability?
  • How will it impact on career choice?

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