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July 25, 2016


Your personal statement is a key element of your application to midwifery school. A compelling, well-written personal statement will get you invited to an interview, which is the last stage in the application process, whereas an ordinary, unremarkable statement is more likely to get your application sent to the rejected pile.

Before figuring out what to write in your midwifery personal statement, it is crucial to understand why so much significance is given to this one document.

Understanding the importance of a well-written midwifery personal statement

All midwifery schools have a minimum eligibility criteria that all applicants are expected to meet with regards to academic grades. This means, barring a few students with outstanding grades, the majority of applicants will have earned grades in the similar range as yours. They will also all have similar work experience and career goals.

In a sea of sameness such as this, it can be challenging for the admissions authorities to decide which applicants to invite for the interview. There has to be at least one component of the application that allows prospective candidates to show the authorities that they stand out from the competition and that their interest in the programme is genuine.

This is where the midwifery personal statement comes in. This document gives all students the opportunity to demonstrate their passion for the field and convince the admissions authorities that they would be an asset their institution.

How to write a compelling midwifery personal statement

The main purpose of your midwifery personal statement is to make you stand out from the hundreds of other similarly-qualified applicants. This means your statement must highlight all of your characteristics and qualifications that are relevant to a career as a midwife.

These few tips will help you create a remarkable personal statement that will get you invited to that coveted interview:

  • Don’t settle for ordinary. Make your essay compelling by writing from your heart about the passion you feel for working as a midwife.
  • Personalize your essay. ‘I’ve always wanted to be a midwife’ is a done-to-death approach that is not likely to capture the interest of the admission committee. Instead, use personal anecdotes to explain how you became interested in midwifery and illustrate your genuine passion for the field.
  • Include details of all extracurricular activities, work placement and shadowing experiences that you have undertaken to prepare for a career in nursing. Remember, it’s not the time spent in these activities that counts. What matters is what you learnt from the experiences and how they helped you arrive at a clear decision regarding your career path.
  • Write in a clear, strong language that is easy to read and understand. A vague personal statement leaves a lot of room for misinterpretation, which is something you do not want.
  • Tell the admissions authorities why you choose to apply to their midwifery school and convince them that you will be an asset to their institution.

Once you are done writing your midwifery personal statement, keep it away for a couple of days before proofreading it for grammatical and spelling mistakes. After you are happy with your draft, give it to your advisor or career counsellor for a final read and objective feedback.

Don’t forget to give your application the edge by coming on one of our overseas midwifery shadowing placements!



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