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What would I need to do if I was considering a complete change of career plan?

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Question - (30 June 2008) 1 Answers - (Newest, 30 June 2008)
A female United Kingdom age 22-25, anonymous writes:

Not really a love question but a career qustion, but thought I would give it a go here anyways. Last year I took a year out - a gap year - before going to university to study for a degree in History, starting in September. I am really excited about university and everything it involves, and am preally passionate about my chosen subject. Thing is though, in the last 5-6 months I've been questioning my career choice and of all the things I coudl actually do with a degree in History, am actually starting to wonder if I'd like to be a midwife instead. I moved house during my GAP year and met a whole new group of friends - a couple of which are midwives. I really like the sound of their jobs and love hearing about their days at work when I see them at the weekend for coffee, so much so I am starting to wonder if I'd made the wrong choice in wanting to study history.

Their jobs sound so fulfilling and challenging and it sounds liek they are really enjoying themselves. I dont have A levels in anything like biology, science or anything like that. I have history, politics, sociology, law etc.... things like that which were all chosen to get me in to the university of my choice to study History. What would I need to do if I was considering a complete change of career plan?

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A reader, anonymous, writes (30 June 2008):

OK if your really serious about becoming a midwife, you will need to ave an A-level in human biology or health and social care and maths at gcse level at c or above. You would have to go back to college and you could do the a level, but you could also do an access to higher education course. I have just completed this myself and start uni in september combining a B.A in education and history.

You can do the course over a year or two depending on which you would prefer. You do a number of subjects depending on what your chosen pathway is i.e teaching, midwifery, nursing etc which will then be enough to get you to university as it is the equivelent of a levels.

But before you do this make sure it is what you really want, i have friends who start training to be midwifes in september and places for the course are notoriously competitive, with normally only around 25-30 places a year available depending on the uni. Go on to your local college webites and type in access course to find out a bit of info.

But You need to ask yourself if this is really what you want-are you really prepared to give up the course you are studying at university to completely retrain?.You need to be certain it is what you really want-if it is than go for it, being a midwife is such a fulfilling and worthwhile job--what ever you decide to do...good luck!!

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