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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mary Ita Heffernan

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Health Service Executive

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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DK877
Midwifery

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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.

Career Opportunities
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.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years
Duration of course
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415

2014 Points

415

Change from 2013: 

15

Points History:

2013 - 400*
2012 - 420
2011 - 410*
2010 - 400*
2009 - 375*
2008 - 375
2007 - 340
2006 - 340*

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Midwives provide the necessary supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period. They conduct deliveries, and offer care for the newborn infant. Graduates can expect to gain employment as midwives throughout the Irish health services.


 
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

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The following FETAC Major Awards may be used for entry into this course. Click on the course codes view a list of FETAC courses that provide that award.


Essential Module Requirements:

Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC level 5/6 qualification which must include:

  • D20001 or 5N0749
  • D20012 or 5N4325
  • D20032 or 5N1279 or C20006 or 5N2746


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Details of the 2013/14 scoring system and a FETAC calculator can be found HERE

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Apply to practice as a Registered Midwife in Ireland and throughout the UK and EU. Graduates can apply for positions as Staff Midwives in the Irish health care sector.



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