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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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Career Profile: Farm Assistant

Cian Jobe is a Farm assistant and relief milker from Aughnacliffe, Co. Longford.

Farm details:

Area: 26 ha
Labour: Farm owner and Cian part time
Herd: 70 spring calving cows

Career path 
Level 5 Certificate in Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College (1 year)

Background

Cian is from a 12 ha suckler farm in Longford and has always loved farming. When he was 14 years old he started relief milking, this sparked his interest in dairying.

After completing his Leaving Cert, he completed the Level 5 course in Ballyhaise. During this course, he did his three month placement on a 180 cow dairy farm in Longford which he really enjoyed.

Overview of current role

For the summer, Cian is currently working a number of jobs. He works a few days a week for a dairy farmer milking 70 cows and completes day-to-day jobs such as milking, spreading fertilizer, topping and herding. He also helps out on the 180 cow farm where he did his placement and relief milks for a number of other farmers when needed.

Up-skilling

Cian plans to use formal education to up-skill himself. The mix between practical and theory work is something he really enjoyed when doing the Level 5 qualification.

Cian has enrolled in the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Dairy Herd Management next year and after that would like to do the Teagasc Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management course. As part of his Level 6 Certificate, Cian plans to travel to New Zealand this year to learn from dairy farmers there. He is also looking forward to living and working in another country.

Career goals

As his home farm is only 12 ha, Cian’s long-term aim is to get a farm manager job or enter into a partnership on a dairy farm. His current goal is to learn as much as possible about dairy farming

Article by: Teagasc