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Pickles77 Sat 15-Dec-12 14:36:53

Hi all, my DD is 13 weeks old and I'm starting to set the ball rolling regarding becoming a student midwife.
I'm just filling out my application for my Access to health studies course and I'm finding it really difficult to do my personal statement bits.
Such as-
Explaining why I want to study?
Well to be a midwife, after having my DD with my care being great.

My previous experience?
Well I don't really have any as I worked with horses and agriculture before.

My long term aims?

My hobbies and interests?

Any pointers or help would be great, I'm rather nervous filling it out I don't want to mess it up.

Indith Sat 15-Dec-12 14:49:34

marking place til I get on computer for typing but remember experience is not just direct experience but skills, teamwork, working under pressure, being able to take initiative since often sole carer fir a women and so on.

Pickles77 Sat 15-Dec-12 18:42:41

Thanks smile

Indith Sat 15-Dec-12 19:33:19

Right ho. I'm not an expert at all but I've just been through the process and I'm starting my degree in March so something must have gone right!

Explaining why I want to study?
Well to be a midwife, after having my DD with my care being great.

Be careful. Your dd is teeny tiny so to sat you want to be a MW after having her makes it sound like you got up this morning and said "I know!". What did you want to do before? Obviously I don't know exactly what has made you want to be a MW but I think there needs to be a progression somewhere.

My previous experience?
Well I don't really have any as I worked with horses and agriculture before.

In what way? I don't think a complete career change matters really. Think about what transferable skills you have from that and how they will strengthen your ability to work as a MW.

My long term aims?

What do you see yourself doing? Community or hospital? Specialist in any area (teenage? infant feeding?),

My hobbies and interests?

When listing these don't just give them a huge long list, show things that will make you look good but it is OK to pop a little sentence about relaxing with a book or some knitting in too to show you are not always on the go and liable to keel over with exhaustion at some point!

A lot of people do that course to try for midwifery. You will need experience too so start talking to people and see what you can do. Good palces to start could be your hospital maternity services dept, here we have maternity services meetings every 2 months that anyone can attend which are a great way to find out more about how things run. Also your local surestart, if you bf then perhaps peer support training so that you can work with pregnant women and new mothers offering support. You may also be able to shadow a MW but don't hold your breath on that one!

I know you are currently just applying for the access course but you need to think ahead, you will be competing for places alongside a lot of other mature students and a whole load of really enthusiastic teenagers who have so get things in motion so you can honestly show the things you do as being long term interests and not just started to stick on your application form.

Good luck!

Pickles77 Sat 15-Dec-12 20:17:18

Thank you, yes I've started my planning to support my uni application and and my HV isnhelping with my pointers.
I'm looking to do voluntary work within the local community and hospital departments to support my application and gaining contacts to help support me.
It's just the application terrified me! By the time I apply with UCAS I should have a lot more i can put on under experience it's just the first rung of the ladder.
I want to promote myself, seem enthusiastic and as dedicated to this as I actually am without coming across as OTT but not as being undesirable, undedicated or on a whim.
Thank you for your pointers smile

Indith Sat 15-Dec-12 20:23:09

Do you know any secondary teachers used to helping their own students apply for uni? They are great at helping get the tone right.

Pickles77 Sat 15-Dec-12 20:25:54

What a brilliant idea- I do! I didn't think of that!

Indith Sat 15-Dec-12 20:34:01


R2PeePoo Mon 17-Dec-12 00:40:47

One thing that struck me is that your previous experience (agriculture and horses) is all physical, hands on, nurturing work, caring for things and helping them stay healthy and well - all of which are important for midwifery (as well as the not being afraid to get dirty and dealing with body fluids!!). Presumably there was quite a bit of paperwork as well and teamwork. You could say that you want to shift your focus and make use of your skills in a whole new forum and work environment.

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