Personal Statement Clinic - Full for the time being
If you're applying to be a midwife this year, or you're considering it, you now have an extra set of dragons to deal with in the form of COVID-19. I'm truly sorry about that, not what anyone wanted.
For what it's worth I think it'll work out okay. Having new midwives join the NHS is so important that there will have to be contingencies put in place.
But being in limbo makes it hard to concentrate.
I think I can help with this.
In lockdown, you might well have time to write your statement, if you can find your direction.
If you want to write a personal statement that professionally covers why you're a great candidate, but is also from the heart, this session is for you.
We'll meet on zoom to support each other
We'll discuss how to frame tricky concepts like life experience, personal qualities, and COVID challenges like not having any volunteer experience
We can cover structure, research and resources, and how to address the 'why do I want to be a midwife' question
I'll go through a personal statement and do some coaching live, showing what one particular applicant did well and what could be improved
We'll have a group discussion where you can ask me anything you like
You can also submit more sensitive questions anonymously. Some of us coming to midwifery have very complex pasts and I think I've heard it all by this point. Having a conversation in a group will help us collaborate, a key midwifery skill.
Because this situation has hit many of us hard, I'm running this as a 'pay what you can' clinic. This means if you're in financial hardship, you can attend for £0.30 (the cart won't accept anything less) - or a price you choose.
I'm hoping those of us who are doing okay can support those who aren't. This session will cost me about £150 to run.
Whatever your situation is we can put a game plan together. This is no time to be stressing over a personal statement. Midwifery is best done in small supportive groups and the application process is included in that.