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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:
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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Colm Hofler, Chemical Engineer
After leaving school, Colm went to UCD to study Chemical Engineering, and then on to work with Irish Cement as a Process Engineer. He moved within the CRH Group to Switzerland and during his time there completed an MBA, which has opened many new opportunities within the Group.
I took Chemistry, Physics, Applied Maths, Technical drawing and French. It then seemed pretty natural to choose engineering in college. If I could choose again I may have chosen something more business orientated like finance or economics.
The graduate development course in the IMI was ok, we got a basic understanding of some business topics. The MBA is the most important aspect really, it gives you a much better overall view of the business as a whole.
Yes. I would be interested in getting the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) qualification. I found finance very interesting during my recent studies and would like to deepen my understanding of this topic.