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 Siobhan Canny from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Siobhan Canny


Health Service Executive

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  Siobhan Canny

I would advise anybody wishing to pursue a career as a Midwife to focus on having science subjects in their Leaving Certificate. The basic entrance requirements are high at the moment so a good Leaving Certificate is essential (unless applying as a mature applicant).

To be accepted onto a training course you have to do an interview where they will determine whether you are suitable for the job or not. In the interview I would advise you to relax and to be yourself, answer honestly and do not be afraid to promote yourself.

The interviewers are looking for intellegent, hard working, nice people who are genuinely interested in being with women in pregnancy and labour. They are looking for students who have a basic understanding as to what this entails.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Education (Design Graphics and Construction) (Letterfrack)

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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In first and second year there is a strong focus on construction studies skills with students undertaking a range of design-led projects using a range of interesting hardwoods and other materials. Equally, drawing skills, design process and CAD all incorporated into the programme at an early stage.

School Placements each year provide students with real-life experience of the classroom and an understanding of the role of the teacher in a structured and supportive way. Lesson plans, critical reflections and classroom management techniques are developed and students prepare their ePortfolio as they progress through the programme. In years three and four students undertake extended School Placement blocks supported by GMIT lecturers and staff in the school.

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GA980 - Education (Design Graphics and Construction) (Letterfrack)
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

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GA980 - Education (Design Graphics and Construction) (Letterfrack)
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This course does not appear to accept applicants with Further Education and Training (FET) awards. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

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Graduates are qualified to teach Construction Studies and Design & Communication Graphics to Leaving Certificate honours standard and to teach Materials Technology (Wood) and Technical Graphics to Junior Certificate honours standard in all Irish second-level schools.

Graduates also choose to teach overseas and this qualification is recognised in many countries worldwide. The balance of technical skills, subject knowledge, professional studies and pedagogy ensure that make graduates are equipped to become excellent teachers.

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