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

 

Siobhan Canny

Midwife

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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Everybody has to start somewhere, so choosing a sector, and the level you wish to enter into it are important decisions. Typically, the higher up on the educational ladder you climb, the higher the level you enter the sector. That is, of course, if your training is appropriate to the sector. A qualified lawyer would have to start off at the bottom of the ladder in the construction sector if they choose to work as a carpenter!

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