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

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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So you want to be a Health Promotion Officer

Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health. Health promotion recognises that everything that affects a person’s everyday living has an impact on their health and well-being; this in turn affects people’s quality of life.

There are many different approaches which can be utilised in health promotion, these are; medical or preventative, behaviour change, educational, empowerment and social change. These different approaches are all utilised in order to help prevent disease, to assist in assuring that people are well informed and able to make health choices, to aid people in developing their skills and confidence to take a greater control of their health, and to assist others in the change of policies and environment in order to facilitate healthy lifestyle choices.

Health promotion can be performed in all kinds of settings, and aims to include all different population groups with an overall goal to assist in the reduction of health inequalities.

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