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.


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Monday, January 04, 2016 

SpringBoard 2016 Free Part Time and Conversion Courses

Now recruiting: SpringBoard+ 2016 intake ~ Carry Home a new career.

“There are more than 2000 places available” said Alan McGrath, Manager, Skills and Enterprise Engagement, Higher Education Authority. “This is a fast track opportunity to access free part-time and conversion courses in skill areas with in demand employment opportunities.”

In a rapidly shifting economic environment, Springboard+ courses have provided over 23,000 people with a new skill-set, specifically tailored to the needs of today’s market. All of the courses aim to re-skill people in areas where job opportunities in skilled employment are growing:

  • Information and communications technology (ICT)
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  • Financial services
  • Skills to trade internationally
  • Entrepreneurship and business start-up
  • Niche skills in the construction industry

Latest trend analysis findings indicate that Springboard+ has been a significant net contribution to the Irish labour market and economy; 95% of jobs attained by graduates are within Ireland itself, with nearly half of these located outside of the capital. Small businesses, too, have benefited from the programme and retention in self-employment is high – 81% of those who were self-employed twelve months after finishing their course indicated fifteen months later that they were still self-employed.

Participants in Springboard+ have been very positive about their experience on the courses. 73% of graduates, for example, indicated that their career prospects were better after completing the course. It is not difficult to see why.

In 2014, 52% of Springboard+ graduates were back in work within six months of completing their course, some as employees and a significant number as self-employed. A survey of all graduates 2011 – 2014 indicates that within two years of completing a Springboard course, 60% of respondents are employed or self-employed, with progression to employment steadily increasing over time.

Springboard+ is a proven route for all ages and all abilities. Michael Heffernan, who was employed in sales for 25 years, found himself unemployed because of the recession. After 3 months looking for work he undertook a Springboard+ course in polymer technology. He is now working in the medical device sector and as Michael said himself “I was able to try something different and I am now doing something for the first time ever in a job that I love.”

Linda Gibbons, who worked in business consulting in Dublin for more than 20 years and returned home to the West of Ireland with her husband and two sons found that Springboard+ was an ideal way to re-enter the workplace in Galway.

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“I signed-up for a postgraduate Diploma and found what I needed to know to apply for jobs in the West of Ireland. The standard was so high. It was like going into a new job as much as it was like going into a course.”

If you think your own education background is a barrier look to David Power for inspiration. David left school when he was 16 and describes how on the first day of his Springboard course he couldn't even use Microsoft word. He is now working in the mobile technologies sector. David said “If you embark on a Springboard Course, if you have an aptitude and you want to go somewhere, there is nothing that is going to stop you. It’s a fantastic leg up and a fantastic introduction. The world is yours and if you want it it’s there to take.”

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