Last edited by wannawannabe; 30-10-2012 at 11:01.
I have absolutely NO idea how grads are chosen. I am actually lucky enough that I was offered 2 graduate positions- one private which I accepted, and then in a twist of fate I was offered another one in my dream public hospital after all the computer matching had been done. Strange, but I seem to have absolutely lucked out. I believe most hospitals go off different criteria. Some go off your cover letters initially and then off your interview if they offer you one (with over 130 applications at most of the hospitals I applied for, you were a lucky one to get an interview- they only interviewed 50-60). Others went off your clinical appraisal reports I believe, then interview, and others off your academic transcript. None of them let on either before interview what they are looking for either! The only real thing I can suggest is that when it comes time to apply- apply EARLY!!!! I know a lot of the girls who applied later in the application period only got 1 interview- at the hospital that did interview everyone- and having read their CV's and cover letters, myself and a few friends could see no difference other than the timing. They were still about a week before the cut off, but it seems that it just got too much IMO for most of the hospitals to read.
Half of the girls who got offered jobs (a whole 12 of us out of about 25), have jobs at the place where they did their prac. The other half are at new hospitals. There were some brilliant midwives who were not offered positions- the sad fact is that sadly there were just no where near enough jobs offered for us this year to go around. I just have my that somehow more jobs become available for the rest of my gorgeous friends, who have worked just as hard as me the past 3 years and deserve a job just as much as anyone else.
ETA- I did it with 3 kids (the youngest was 1.5 when I started). I used before and after school care (OSCH) for the 2 eldest- just booked in around my Uni timetable, and then full time childcare for the youngest. My hubby had to do drop off and sometimes pick up for childcare/OSHC around my shift hours. It is certainly doable. I also had back up from my mum and dad when I had my prac blocks- which were sometimes during school holidays so some days my parents had the school boys, and other days I booked them into OSHC.
Last edited by RHJ; 30-10-2012 at 16:19.
Anyway, thanks again, your advice is greatly appreciated :-)
Good luck with your last exam and getting your births, RHJ!
And good luck with your decision, JJJCB. I totally hear you - it is so hard to make the decision when it is not just your life (and lifestyle!) at stake, but it is certain the affect your family as well. I have 3 young children too, and have decided to study part-time (at least for the first couple of years), largely because we do not have much family support nearby. And I also fear regretting not having spent a bit more time with them while they were little when I am old and grey and they are all busy with their own lives. I think that midwifery will always be there - my children at this age will not.
However - that is just what is right for me and my circumstance, and is not in any way what I think everyone should do, and nor do I think less of someone who has chosen to do it differently. I just wanted to share some of my thought process.
Anyway, I'm about to put my money where my mouth is, because it has all gotten a lot less abstract suddenly:
I GOT AN EARLY OFFER FOR MY 1ST PREFERENCE BMID PROGRAM!!!!!!
I'm so thrilled
Thank you to all of you ladies for bearing with me as I processed aloud all of my thoughts around applying. Let the roller coaster begin...
And personally, it took me 2.5 months to get a job after graduation and I'll start about 4 months afterwards. 2.5 months to find a job upon graduation is pretty damn good in any field in my opinion. Whilst it felt like the longest freaking 2.5 months of my life, it really wasn't that much time.
Positive thoughts kiddos
Sorry to barge in, I have just been accepted into BA MID at Griffith for 2013 and I have been asked to submit my preferences for clinical placement.
Can any GU ladies tell me where they are doing/have done their placement and how the hospitals have been?
Obviously Townsville is not an option, I am northside so it will be a painful commute no matter what but i'd really like to avoid the Gold Coast! So I guess that only leaves Logan and Redlands...TIA
Yey!! I have also been accepted into BA MID at griffith for 2003!!! Its so amazing to receive the news however its all so daunting to think how its going to be possible to study with 2 kids under 5!!!
I am considering quitting work so i can have enough time to share between uni, kids, house and hubby!!!! I would love to hear from the more advanced girls hoe did they adapt with their new uni routines and motherhood!!!
Regards to all and I hope to meet all the new graduates and all the new experienced ladies!!!!
How exciting! Congrats on all the job offers ladies!
I finally have my birth numbers ... just one exam to go and I am done! then I have 4 months holiday before starting my grad year... oh what to do, what to do!
Congrats to those who have gotten offers for BMID 2013!!
RHJ - Yay for getting your births!!!!! WHen's your last exam??? WHat an amazing feeling that will be when you graduate!
AFM -I passed my OSCA and I have 3 exams left, then if I pass, will go onto summer semester and graduate mid next year.
I'm finidng it so hard to focus on my studying at the moment though! DOn't know why!
Congrats on getting your births RHJ, and best of luck to malapesa and everyone else who is counting down to exams.
Congrats to the other ladies on your offers - wow, there's a bunch of us here heading to Griffith next year!
MRJB, I was under the impression the northside hospitals are covered by UQ and ACU, with Griffith picking up the others you listed (I assume you meant Toowoomba, not Townsville?). Good luck figuring out your preferences.
wannawannabe, I don't think anyone was moaning about the job situation Just discussing the current reality. I will be taking four years to finish, so I am just trying to have faith that the cycle will be back to hiring rather than cutting jobs by then. Mustn't be long now until you start? So exciting!
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