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


  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 Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Liffey Park Technology Campus (LPTC)
Barnhall Road
Co Kildare

Organisation Profile

Hewlett Packard (HP) is the leading information technology provider to consumers, business, and the public sector in Ireland.

HP was founded in 1939 and has corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California. The company now operates in more than 170 countries around the world.

HP explores how technology and services can help people and companies address their problems and challenges, and realize their possibilities, aspirations and dreams. HP apply new thinking and ideas to create more simple, valuable and trusted experiences with technology, continuously improving the way their customers live and work.

Meg Whitman is current  President and CEO of the company, which is placed among the world’s largest IT companies and currently ranked at  No. 10. in the 2012 Fortune 500 annual raning of America's largest corporations.
No other company offers as complete a technology product portfolio as HP, with products spanning IT infrastructure, business and home computing and the areas of imaging and printing. HP provide infrastructure and business offerings that span from handheld devices to some of the world's most powerful supercomputer installations. We offer consumers a wide range of products and services from digital photography to digital entertainment and from computing to home printing. This comprehensive portfolio helps us match the right products, services and solutions to our customers' specific needs.
In Ireland, HP employs more than 4,000 people in Dublin, Galway, Belfast and at its headquarters in Leixlip, Co. Kildare - Liffey Park Technology Campus.

HP recognise that if people like what they do, and have a good place to work, togather we have a better opportunity to contribute to business success.  HP has therefore been actively promoting the ‘Best Place to Work’ initiative. the initiative is about enabling all employees to perform at their best. Understanding how teams contribute to the business and the team behaviours needed to achieve this.

We encourage strong decision making, showing of courage and empowerment of people to make decisions. Celebration of events, in each of our lives, as much as business success is important. Recognising and rewarding employees for Service Awards, contribution to the business success, celebrating the birth of children, marriages, and the attainment of education awards.

We have a diversity roadmap which includes everything from working in special placements, anti-racism in the workplace week to site ‘Ability’ audits. Our employee Flexible Benefits package allows us to customise our own preferences recognising diversity in our life-cycles.
At HP, we believe in the power of ideas. From cutting edge personal digital equipment to the most powerful IT solutions, we use ideas to put technology to work for everyone. And we believe that ideas thrive best in a teamwork culture. That is why everyone at every level in every function is encouraged to have original ideas, to express them and to share them. We believe anything can be achieved if you really believe in it, and we will invest in your ideas to change lives and working practices.
Are you ready to become part of a winning team?


Ink Chemist
Fiona Coyle
"I have good technical depth in my area and that helps me contribute to teams. I listen to people and try to help them sort out technical problems"
Fiona Coyle
Materials Engineer
Angie O'Keeffe
"Working in Supply Chain gives you a very broad perspective of the business and you get exposure to many other business models"
Angie O'Keeffe
Business Development
Eduardo Macias
"I'm responsible for mapping the competitive landscape, influencing R and D and Marketing in aspects related to the competition"
Eduardo Macias
Engineer - Development
John Oliver
"I provide technical leadership for a team of engineers who design a part of the inkjet cartridge."
John Oliver
Product Manager
Val Gabriel
"we focus on delivering on products and solutions to customers who own HP inkjet printers. We do what we need to get that job done"
Val Gabriel