[ASC-list] Fwd: Sci Comm careers: Science Degree + ? // Is it worth doing a general graduate communicaitons diploma?

Elizabeth.Yuncken at csiro.au Elizabeth.Yuncken at csiro.au
Thu Feb 2 05:42:10 UTC 2012


She could consider the ANU 1-year Masters at the Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) as I think it's a scholarship course so may not be out of financial reach - http://cpas.anu.edu.au/study/future-students/master-science-communication-outreach.

Also, she (and others) should consider doing freelance writing for magazines and newspapers to build up a CV, experience and contacts. The Helix (http://www.csiro.au/thehelix) and Scientriffic (http://www.csiro.au/scientriffic) are both generally willing to give new writers a go (unpaid at first) and provide feedback if asked nicely.

Full disclosure - I'm a CPAS alumni and used to work on The Helix and Scientriffic, but I still think they're both pretty good.


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-----Original Message-----
From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au [mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Cobi Smith
Sent: Thursday, 2 February 2012 3:34 PM
To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Fwd: Sci Comm careers: Science Degree + ? // Is it worth doing a general graduate communicaitons diploma?

If she's not able to move somewhere for a specialised course then I would tend to say no - don't do a general communications diploma. Instead, volunteer with community media and other non-profits, do internships, or offer to volunteer at conferences (eg. http://www.crca.asn.au/conference/, http://ma2012.org.au) to gain experience. 

Based in Victoria, she could volunteer with a science radio show http://einsteinagogo.net/, a museum http://museumvictoria.com.au/about/work-opportunities/volunteering/, various environment or health charities, or various websites that seek bloggers about science. 

I think real-world experience is better than another qualification if she's trying to break into the field. 

Cheers, Cobi


-----Original Message-----
From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au [mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Nancy Longnecker
Sent: Thursday, 2 February 2012 2:08 PM
To: Regan Forrest; asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Fwd: Sci Comm careers: Science Degree + ? // Is it worth doing a general graduate communicaitons diploma?

Hello Regan,

I think your advice is sound. 

It's a pity Tessa can't move interstate. Some of the classes in the UWA science communication courses (Graduate Diploma and Master of Science Communication) resonate with your suggestion:

SCOM8702 Exhibitions and Interpretation
SCOM8307 Evaluating Science Engagement

etc. 

For more information people can look at our website: 

www.communicatingscience.org

Kind regards, Nancy

Assoc Prof Nancy Longnecker

Coordinator, Science Communication Program School of Animal Biology, M092 The University of Western Australia
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Crawley, WA   6009

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ph: 61 8 6488 3926
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From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au [asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Regan Forrest [regan at reganforrest.com]
Sent: Thursday, 2 February 2012 11:02 AM
To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Fwd: Sci Comm careers: Science Degree + ? // Is it worth doing a general graduate communicaitons diploma?

Hi Kali,

Particularly given a zoology background, I'd be tempted to suggest Tessa looks into courses that include interpretation training with a natural sciences leaning. These are often geared towards Parks and Wildlife people, but the skills are transferable and probably will have more resonance than a generic comms course.

I think Deakin runs a cultural heritage management course that might have course units that fit the bill.

Interpretation (particularly of natural heritage) and Science Communication have much in common - but we each seem to have created our own silos such that we are often not aware of what each other is doing!

(Full disclosure - I'm Vice President of Interpretation Australia
www.interpretationaustralia.asn.au)

Best wishes,

Regan


On 02.02.2012 12:54, Kali Madden wrote:
> Hi ASC-Listers,
>
> From time to time we have people seeking study and career advice as 
> they have decided they want to become a science communicator.
>
> This sort of information is often obtained by speaking to people 
> who've done it already, whether at local branch events or a national 
> event with sessions like: "Science Communication is what I want to do, 
> now what?" *
>
> So, apart from joining the ASC and becoming involved with local and 
> national events, what would you recommend for those who wish to know 
> how to navigate their way in to a Science Communication career?
>
> We have an inquiry below from Tessa who wonders whether further 
> general communications study on top of her existing science degree 
> would support her aims.
>
> Thoughts? Feedback? Suggestions?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Kali
>
> * See:
>
> http://2012conf.asc.asn.au/2011/12/24/plenary-4-%E2%80%9Cscience-commu
> nication-is-what-i-want-to-do-now-what-career-possibilities-and-resour
> ces%E2%80%9D/
> [1]
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: TESSA K
> Date: Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 10:41 PM
>  Subject: Is it worth doing a general graduate communicaitons diploma?
> To: office at asc.asn.au [3]
>
> Hi Kali,
>
> I spoke to you on the phone last week about courses.  If you could 
> pass on what I have written below as we discussed, that would be 
> fantastic.
>
> I am interested in science communication and I have a degree in 
> science with honours (Zoology). But as there are no courses on science 
> communication in Victoria and I cannot afford to move interstate to 
> study, I would like some advise on whether it would be worth doing a 
> general communications graduate diploma.
>
> The courses I'm looking at are:
> http://www.vu.edu.au/courses/graduate-diploma-in-communication-agco
> [4]
>
> http://courses.swinburne.edu.au/courses/Graduate-Diploma-of-Arts-(Medi
> a-and-Communications)-N0817/local
> [5]
>
> http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/courses/course.php?course=A63
> 9&stutype=local&continue=Continue
> [6]
>
> Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
>
> Thank you,
> Tessa Koumoundouros
>
> tesskou at gmail.com [7]
>
> ----------------------
> Kali Madden
> ASC Office
>
>
>
> Links:
> ------
> [1]
>
> http://2012conf.asc.asn.au/2011/12/24/plenary-4-%E2%80%9Cscience-commu
> nication-is-what-i-want-to-do-now-what-career-possibilities-and-resour
> ces%E2%80%9D/
> [2] mailto:tesskou at gmail.com
> [3] mailto:office at asc.asn.au
> [4]
> http://www.vu.edu.au/courses/graduate-diploma-in-communication-agco
> [5]
>
> http://courses.swinburne.edu.au/courses/Graduate-Diploma-of-Arts-%28Me
> dia-and-Communications%29-N0817/local
> [6]
>
> http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/courses/course.php?course=A63
> 9|+|amp|+|stutype=local|+|amp|+|continue=Continue
> [7] mailto:tesskou at gmail.com

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regan at reganforrest.com
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