An example of a mature student looking to enter education. This is a UCAS personal statement for a Midwifery course, so linked to a vocation as well as the degree itself. Therefore the personal statement must reflect this. This statement reflects the character and individual experiences.
The introduction emphasises why she wants to do the vocation linking it to an experience.
My aim has always been to pursue a career in healthcare, and during my studies, the modules on midwifery stood out and appealed to me. During my subsequent work as a breastfeeding peer support worker and with the birth of my children, I saw first-hand the positive and worthwhile effect that midwives have on people’s lives.
Now talks in more detail about her experience and shows how it is relevant and a real understanding of the role – working in teams, as well as the right characteristics that they should have.
I have been volunteering at the ***************. During this time, I have taken the opportunity to be trained as a breastfeeding peer support worker in line with current UNICEF guidelines. I also assist with baby massage and aiding the weighing and measuring of children. Working with the team of midwives and other professionals has helped me realise that midwives do not work in isolation but rather are an important individual in a team. I have seen how they are supportive and non-judgemental, always looking for the most positive outcomes for the mothers and children. I also appreciate that their role is far greater and more complex than just the birthing room.
Does things outside of the norm to support her passion – on a committee. Also, shows can be proactive by setting something up.
******** is a diverse community of young mothers and immigrants who may have no family nearby. Post-natal issues such as isolation and depression are common. As a member of the parents’ committee, I had a role in setting up and running several ante- and postnatal groups. It gives the opportunity for mothers to come and receive support (for example, with breast-feeding from myself) but just as importantly somewhere they could talk to each other or a support worker. For many of them, it is their support network, and I have seen the positive outcomes that occur. The fulfilment that I got seeing a mother overcome mastitis or, where possible, overcoming problems with breastfeeding made me appreciate first-hand the satisfaction of being able to help women at one of their most vulnerable periods. I understand that promoting and supporting breastfeeding as well as a more general public health role are key responsibilities of midwives and covered in more depth in the course in years 1 and 2. Working with, and seeing, the diverse roles of the midwives in the Trust has allowed me to fully comprehend the responsibilities of their role and has motivated me further to make this career change.
Has recently been studying and therefore gives evidence of the ability for independent learning.
Realising that my academic background might not be as strong as other candidates, I undertook an access to midwifery course and am now on an Assistant Practitioners Foundation Degree at **************. It has reinforced my time management skills as I work two days a week as a health care assistant with a day at University and two days volunteering. I have enjoyed meeting the challenges of university, and the chance to do independent study on something I care about excites me.
Links to one piece of work experience that is not specific to the course but shows relevant skills that it has given her.
My healthcare work for the last two years has focused on patients recovering from strokes or palliative care at their own homes. Although part of my course and not seemingly directly related to birth, many of the skills are transferable. It requires me to be reliable and responsible as I work independently to assess a patient’s vitals and seeing to their basic needs. However, I can empathise that they are not just patients. Rather I appreciate that they are people and that taking the time to talk to them about their families and concerns can be just as important to them as medicine. It has helped me to see that any job in healthcare truly is a vocation and that despite the workload, it is important to be patient and understanding treating each person as an individual.
It is from this basis of experience that I am applying for a degree in midwifery. I fully understand the responsibilities of the role and the demands of the course. I hope I have shown that I am motivated and reliable as well as caring and able to work in both medical and public health environments.