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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.


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They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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500 Jobs on the way with Lloyds Pharmacy Chain

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500 Jobs on the way with Lloyds Pharmacy Chain

Thursday, June 11, 2015 

500 Jobs on the way with Lloyds Pharmacy Chain

500 jobs have been announced with the Lloyds Pharmacy chain as it adds up to 60 new branches in Ireland over the next 3 years.

The expansion plan is to be rolled out over a three-year period and will increase the total workforce at Lloyds to 1,500, growing its current 91 stores to about 150.

The Lloyds pharmacy chain is currently the largest in Ireland. It has also decided to invest more than €2 million in a new patient services programme throughout existing outlets.

The company had flagged its expansion ambitions in January, following strong sales performance over the Christmas period. The chain added 14 outlets during last year, describing the year as “very positive” for sales and said it intended to build on its progress by introducing new products. Services already offered include blood pressure testing, express prescription services, food intolerance testing, diabetes support and asthma control. Management at the pharmacy has signalled its intent to expand into new communities, consolidating its dominant market position.

Lloyds has already set about identifying new sites.

Details of current career opportunities with Lloyds Pharmacies are available here.

Is a career as a Pharmacist or a Pharmacy Sales Assistant for you? Visit the Occupations Databse on to check out what is involved in these job roles, from the work itself, to related college courses.


The CareersPortal Team