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


Siobhan Canny


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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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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Facebook drive behind huge wave of applications to Navy

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Facebook drive behind huge wave of applications to Navy

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 

Facebook drive behind huge wave of applications to Navy

A life on the ocean wave seems a popular choice for the younger generation, especially considering that 1,225 people applied for 80 recruit places.

The Defence Forces press office confirmed the considerable interest which had been expressed in the positions in the three weeks up to the closing date for applications on March 27.

Sources within the naval service said they were delighted with the response and believe it may have been down to a Facebook campaign which also featured a video highlighting the activities of the seaborne force, which alone had 2,315 hits.

The would-be recruits will now have to undergo fitness testing and medicals which are likely to get under way in the next few weeks.

After that the best 80 will be offered jobs and it is likely that the first recruit class of 40 will then undergo training in the autumn.

They will spend 20 weeks studying seamanship, basic sea survival, naval boarding, foot drill, weapons handling, damage control, and fire-fighting at the Naval Service headquarters at Haulbowline Island, Co Cork.

The service is an equal opportunities employer and it is understood a large number of women have sent in applications. Overall, women make up 7% of Defence Forces personnel, but in the Naval Service it is 20% and four women have gone on to captain ships.

Another factor in the number of people applying to join up is likely to be that the fleet is the most modern in Naval Service history. 

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According to Defence Forces sources they expect Government approval in the very near future to announce recruitment competitions for officer cadetships in the army, air corps, army equitation school, and naval service.

Explore more information on careers with the Defence Forces HERE


The CareersPortal Team