Faculty: Health, Social Care & Education
Department: School of Nursing and Midwifery
BSc (Hons) Midwifery
Category: Nursing and midwifery
8 June 2017
Midwifery is one of the hardest degrees to be accepted onto. It is therefore essential that your application outshines other potential candidates. Today’s blog looks at the value of work experience, where to find it and how to apply.
You don’t have to have worked on a maternity ward for 5 years but having a good record of relevant work experience will work in your favour. Many assume that you must have experience with babies, however babies are just a small aspect of a midwife’s work; with women being our main focus.
When searching for a work experience placement you should consider:
- Length of placement - Attending a work experience placement long term shows commitment, and is always viewed more favourably than short term/single day placements.
- Cost – Will you need to fund a DBS check? Travel costs?
- Will the placement require an application/interview?
Below are some potential work experience options:
- Children’s centres – most hold breast feeding support groups that you can observe, and talk to mothers about their experiences and struggles. You can also assist in stay & play/messy play groups, having one to one contact with mums and dads can really improve your social/communication skills.
- Private antenatal classes – Browse the internet for local private groups, most will be more than happy to allow you to observe a class or two, this is normally a good opportunity to brush up on your tea making skills.
- Baby massage classes – Also normally run as a private class, search the internet to see what is offered in your local area.
- Women’s support – Consider women’s aid and domestic violence charities as well as mother and baby supported housing services.
- Care Homes – You might think I am going mad, however working with the elderly enables you to demonstrate your ability to apply the NHS’s 6 C’s.
- Study days – Although this isn’t specifically work experience, there are many low-cost study days run nationally, all of which give a greater insight into the role of a midwife.
- Part time work – Don’t forget the value of your weekend work. The transferable skills you pick up through part time work can be applied to the role of a midwife. For example, handling cash demonstrates responsibility, dealing with customers improves communication and working with colleagues demonstrates your ability to work as part of a team.
How to apply
Take the initiative to apply for your own placements. Draft a letter explaining your motives for wanting to volunteer and how long you would like the placement to last. Ensure your school/college tutor’s details are included within the letter as many placement sites will want a character reference.