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


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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.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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150 new jobs with IBM Ireland

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150 new jobs with IBM Ireland

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

150 new jobs with IBM Ireland

IBM has announced plans for up to 150 new digital jobs. The new jobs will come on stream over the next two years at its new Digital Delivery Centre in Dublin.

The new centre will provide design and implementation skills across several digital technologies including AI, data insights, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud. 

IBM is seeking to recruit apprentices, graduates, postgraduates and experienced professionals at all levels for the new roles.

Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with IBM in Ireland are available here.

IBM currently employs over 3,000 staff at its technology campus in Mulduddart, its support centre in Blanchardstown, both in Dublin, and at its laboratories in Cork and Galway.

Speaking at the announcement, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD said "IBM is a great example of a company embracing constant innovation, adaption and moving up the value chain, as technology changes. These new, high quality, jobs will be a further boost to the company’s activities here in Ireland and drive its very strong position in the Irish ICT sector." 

Chief Executive of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan said IBM has a long history in Ireland where it has constantly evolved as a business to suit client needs.  "This new investment by IBM further strengthens Ireland’s technology and innovation ecosystem."

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The CareersPortal Team