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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 Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:
|At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.
Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Siobhan Canny, Midwife
Siobhan Canny is a Midwife working in Galway Regional Hospital. After her Leaving Certificate she completed a Certificate in Nursing, a Higher Diploma in Midwifery, and a BA in Midwifery. Her commitment to the profession is thorough, and she continues to upskill within the area.
For my Leaving Certificate I chose Biology as my Science subject. This along with Home Economics allowed me to get a place on a Nurse training programme.
Following my Leaving Certificate I have completed several courses
I have also completed training in managing obstetric emergencies and have provided training to Midwives and Doctors on this subject. The courses I have taken have been focussed on improving my clinical knowledge and have allowed me to improve the level of care I provide to the women. It has also given me the opportunity to progress in my career as a Midwife
The degree programme in Midwifery was a big stepping stone for me in my career. This was my first opportunity to study at degree level. I was introduced to some very academic approaches to midwifery which I was able to take on board and bring back to my work place.
The additional courses I have taken on are Managing Maternity Emergencies . These have proven very beneficial as they have given me a very clear understanding of the management of the emergency . I then teach and train staff within my unit which I enjoy and it is an additional skill I have acquired.
I wish to undertake a Masters in Health Services Management within the next few years. My current role as a midwife is in management and I wish to develop myself within this role.
I would also like to maintain some clinical input as this is a part of my role as midwife that I really enjoy.