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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The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin

Application Extended for Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre

Application process for the Professional Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre at The Lir Academy has been extended until 2nd May 2016.

 

We are still accepting applications for the two year level 8 diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre at The Lir Academy.

Applications are not through the CAO and we do not work on a points system.

Students are asked to matriculate as per the requirements of Trinity College Dublin but experience, talent and attitude are more important than qualifications for all courses at The Lir Academy and exceptions can be made when students don’t quite reach the matriculation requirements.

This course does however require at least six months experience either working in a theatre, on school productions, community productions, festivals, concerts or other outdoor events. Students will be trained in stage management, lighting, sound, prop making, scenic art, wardrobe and stage design and construction.

This is a practical course where learning by doing is the mantra. Students will work on 10 productions per year, one short film and one opera brief as well as gaining experience in one of Ireland’s leading theatres.

It is an extensive course that requires commitment and dedication.

Further information can be found here.

 Applications need to be in by Monday 2nd May 2016
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