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Aspiration Friday: Midwifery and Entrepreneurship

15th May 2019

Two weeks ago, we had a talk on Midwifery from a midwife from the Rosie Hospital based at Addenbrooke's, Cambridge.  Jane explained to us about the changes in midwifery over the years, including how it used to be a career exclusively for women, whereas nowadays more men are training as midwives.  She told us what the training involves, and we were all fascinated (and a bit horrified) to learn that midwives practise on robotic dolls which make the same noises, movements – and emit the same fluids! – as a woman in childbirth.  Finally, she stressed that midwifery is a particularly difficult job as you have to simultaneously care for the baby as well as the mother.  Overall, it was a really interesting talk revealing the reality of being a midwife.


We then had a completely different talk last Friday on Entrepreneurship from Chris Coleridge from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.  Chris gave a passionate talk describing his own career before encouraging students to reflect on what makes a good entrepreneur: we considered the importance of innovation, flexibility, hard work, patience, persistence, and positivity.  Lastly, we talked about the importance of having a dynamic team, reflecting diversity in terms of gender, race, religion and political opinion.  Companies with such boards are able to bring a range of outlooks to the table, allowing their businesses to fully reflect the needs of the market, as well as adding different strengths to the table.


All in all, it’s been an interesting few weeks, and we’re looking forward to our next talk on Architecture just before the half-term!

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