Midwives are involved in all stages of a woman’s pregnancy, labour and early post-natal period. Midwifery is a specialist form of nursing, and requires different training and qualifications, although there is a shortened form of training for existing qualified nurses. Midwifery courses at University are always extremely competitive, with a standard requirement of 2 or more A-Levels or equivalent, and associated strong GCSE qualifications. The competition for places is driven by the massive reward to be had in midwifery as a career, from the social interactions involved in supporting parents and their babies, to the medical training and knowledge required to handle each different situation. Midwives oten describe their job as ‘privileged’. The role they have in preparing women for the birth of a new life makes them a key healthcare professional during all stages of pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period.
Salary range: £21,500 – £35,000
Links for interested students:
NHS Guidance, careers in midwifery (make a difference)
Bournemouth University (insight to midwifery)
Being a midwife is ‘the best job in the world’
Which University? Guide to finding the right course
Art directors design the visual side of advertising campaigns for all kinds of media including film, TV, web or print. Working across a range of clients to produce head-turning concepts that win awards and new business. They require the confidence and tenacity needed to see their ideas through to completion – displaying brilliant craft and execution skills on the way. They’ll work well with colleagues from all departments, collaborating with copywriters, designers, CDs, motion designers and planners, as well as external suppliers like photographers, directors and illustrators, to make every piece of work the best it can be.
Typical Salary? £18,000 – £100,000 (Depending on experience)
Details from the national careers service – entry requirements, skills, career path etc.
Step-by-step career guide video (US)
Careers overview (youtube) – lots of related links from here.
Example job avert – Art Director required (London)