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    I'm currently studying biomedical science specialising in physiology and I have a real interest in pregnancy and babies.
    I'm considering applying for a midwifery course after I graduate but I'm hesitant due to personal reasons.
    I was hoping to get a job and house after I graduate with my first degree rather than spend another 3 years studying. Is there time to have a part time job as well as study midwifery?

    Any advice is welcome!
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    (Original post by ellie_sheppard)
    I'm currently studying biomedical science specialising in physiology and I have a real interest in pregnancy and babies.
    I'm considering applying for a midwifery course after I graduate but I'm hesitant due to personal reasons.
    I was hoping to get a job and house after I graduate with my first degree rather than spend another 3 years studying. Is there time to have a part time job as well as study midwifery?

    Any advice is welcome!
    Hi Ellie. I'm a student midwife at the University of Salford so can probably give you a bit of insight! Firstly, I would say if it's babies you're interested in, this might not be the course for you! Midwifery is very much about the women - the birth and postnatal aspect are really quite a small part of it all. Maybe paediatric nursing might be something you could consider if this is your overriding interest?

    With regards the job, I would hesitate to say there is time to have one alongside the degree... There are people who do manage it because they have no other choice, but I personally would find it very difficult. For example, in the last 4 weeks I have had an essay deadline, whilst mostly working nights on placement (trust me, they really screw you up!). I'm now on a reading week followed by 3 weeks holiday, but during this time I have another essay, a portfolio and a presentation to write, as well as being on call until, potentially, the end of September. Unless I was able to find somewhere that was very flexible with hours, a permanent part time job would be impossible! Bank work is an option with NHS Professionals after a certain amount of clinical experience, which is a lot more flexible, but it's just not been something I've been able to take on alongside course commitments.

    Sorry if it sounds like I'm trying to put you off - I'm not! I absolutely love the degree, but the reality is it is very hard work, a huge commitment, and I think most would find it hard if they weren't able to give 100%.

    Let me know if I can answer any more questions for you!
 
 
 
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