Is your work experience enough to get a place on a midwifery course?

Not everyone starts their career thinking that they want to be a midwife.

So what happens if you think that the experience you have isn’t relevant? Will a university still accept your application? Should you bother applying?

Make your experience relevant

You might be pleased to know that midwives come from all ‘walks of life’ and different experiences. It doesn’t really matter too much what your experience is as long as you can find a way to make it fit into being a midwife.

Keep in mind what you think a university might be looking for when you are writing your personal statement. Although everyone will be different it is standard that universities will be looking for someone that is professional, hardworking, offers good customer service, calm, friendly, aware of risk, organised.. the list can go on, but you get the idea!

Look at your experience with fresh eyes

You may be looking at studying midwifery straight from school and are concerned that you don’t have any relevant work experience, or you may have been working for many years in different areas and are just not sure how to make it fit into studying to be a midwife. You don’t have to have worked in health care to make it relevant. You can make your key skills fit and here are some examples:

Job: Administrator in an insurance company

You may think that administrative work would not be relevant to being a midwife. You may not work directly with the public but there are many transferrable skills to being a midwife. Being organised, documenting, working in a team, good communication with team and clients. Attention to detail, following procedures, good time keeping… sounds like a midwife to me! You just need to make sure you make the links yourself to prove to the university lecturers why your skills do show you have good potential.

Job: Checkout assistant in a supermarket

You may think that there are not many similarities with working in a supermarket and being a midwife, but you would be wrong. Time keeping, communicating with members of the public, customer service, being intuitive to the needs of the individual, making a shopping experience as best as possible, conflict resolution.. are just a few examples of why this experience is very transferrable to being a midwife. Try to include an example that will make you stand out, a time you helped a customer who was upset or having difficulty, or when you resolved a problem quickly and without a fuss. These are useful skills in midwives so you just need to draw the comparison and make the connection in the mind of the reader.

Make sure that you make the links on your personal statement, don’t leave unanswered questions and spell out why your experience would mean that you will be a great midwife.

By leaving gaps in your personal statement and leaving the universities guessing as to why you want to be a midwife is a mistake that may cost you the chance to be interviewed.

Need help with your personal statement?

Our team can work through your personal statement line by line, showing you specifically what you need to do to make it much more impressive. They will work with you to create the personal statement you deserve and are proud to submit.

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Emily Seddon

Emily is a midwife with many years of experience. She is passionate about supporting midwives of the future. As a clinical mentor, student link and being on university interview panels, she knows what it takes to get a place!

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