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:

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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.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Bus Eireann apprenticeship applications now open

Closing date for all applications is the 24th March 2018

Ever dreamed of working in vehicle repairs and maintenance? Then this could be the opportunity you need. Bus Eireann are now accepting applications for their Heavy Vehicle Mechanic apprenticeship and are looking for male and female applicants who want to be trained in problem diagnostics, repair and maintenance of public service vehicles. With so many buses on the road there are a lot of man hours involved in keeping them in good mechanical order!

The programme follows the traditional apprenticeship structure comprising of seven phases. These phases will combine on-the-job training with either Bus Eireann or Dublin Bus and off-the-job training with SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority in one of the ETB Training centres in Dublin, Cork or Waterford.  For a complete break-down of course content, see the Bus Eireann website.

You will be assessed on a continuous basis and have obtained a category D drivers licence upon completion of the apprenticeship. A QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Heavy Vehicle Mechanics qualification is awarded on successful completion of the apprenticeship, which is a minimum of four years. Applicants must pass a SOLAS-approved colour vision test to partake.

To apply for this apprenticeship, you must have obtained at least a grade C at Ordinary Level in the Junior Certificate in either English or Irish, Mathematics, a science subject, or any two other subjects. Grade D at Higher Level is also acceptable for the Junior Certificate.

Alternatively, you can also have obtained at least a grade D at Ordinary Level in the same subjects in the Leaving Certificate. For a complete list of all subjects applicable, click here. Under the new marking scheme for the Leaving Certificate, this equates to at least an O5 or O6 in the accepted subjects.

Applications are now open and can be made online by completing the application form here. Closing date for all applications is the 24th March 2018.

Click here for more information on the work of a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic

So what are you waiting for? Get applying and start your career today! For more information on the apprenticeship, see the information booklet.

The CareersPortal Team

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