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


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.


The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Ways to Enter

You can submit your entry Online, by Email or by Post. Whichever option you choose, please ensure that Section 1 (Entry Details) are completed and accurate. 

Online Entries

To submit your entry online, you must have a CareersPortal account - its free!.

To create an account, or to login if you have an account, click here: Login.

Then follow the links to the competition and complete your submission by typing the information required directly into the spaces provided. Save as you go. You can revisit and edit your online entry as often as you wish, right up until the closing date.

Email or Postal Entries

Your submission should be typed into a word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word) and formatted to produce a clear and concise document. Use the headings provided in the instructions to layout the document. All sections must be completed.

Once the document is complete, it should be checked by your Programme Coordinator / Teacher or Guidance Counsellor to ensure all relevant information is included.

Email the completed document as an attachment (MS Word or PDF) to: with the following details in your subject line:

Your Name, Competition Category, Your School Name e.g. John Smith, TY, Marian College


2. Print your document and post it to the following address:

TY / LCA / LCVP / LC (select one)
National CareerSkills Competition,
7 Richview Park,
Dublin 14.



The closing date for the submission is early April each year. The winners and award ceremony will be announced in May of the same year.

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