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 Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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250 new jobs for Dublin with Veritas Technologies

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250 new jobs for Dublin with Veritas Technologies

Monday, October 02, 2017 

250 new jobs for Dublin with Veritas Technologies

Tech company Veritas has today announced the creation of 250 new jobs.

The jobs will be located at its new research and development centre in Blanchardstown in Dublin Northwest. Veritas Technologies is a data protection and management company. The firm plans to double its workforce by the end of 2019.

The company's new R&D centre at Ballycoolin was officially opened by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this morning. Veritas has said the recruitment drive will focus on development roles - from new graduate positions to senior level executives. 130 of the new roles will be filled within the next year.

The company also wants to create close links with universities in Ireland and will launch an internship graduate programme next year.

Veritas chief executive Bill Coleman, said "our latest research shows that 56% of organisations have a cloud first mentality but are struggling with how to protect their data, gain visibility and extract maximum value while staying compliant". The aim of the new centre is to focus on solving these challenges.

Deatils of current vacancies with Veritas Technologies at its Ballycoolin location are available here.

The CareersPortal Team