Igniting Imagination: Amanda Arshadi
At the Royal Garden Hotel, we believe that igniting imagination and building everlasting memories are at the core of the perfect family break. Therefore, as part of our family-friendly promise, we are interviewing passionate professionals to inspire your little ones.
Next up we have Amanda Arshadi, a midwife of 16 years who encourages children to explore and get involved to discover their passion.
Please introduce yourself
My name is Amanda and I am a midwife of 16 years.
CAN YOU EXPAND ON YOUR ROLE? WHAT DO YOU ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS?
I am a hospital based midwife, rather than in the community. I work a mixture of 12.5 hour day, night and weekend shifts to help cover a 24 hour service. I can either be allocated to work on the antenatal and postnatal wards, or on delivery suite.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO?
I am the eldest of four children, so I remember my mum being pregnant or feeding a baby a lot! I found it fascinating. My grandparents were medical professionals too, so maybe it’s in the blood! I worked part time in a hospital or retirement homes from the age of 15-18 and this showed me that I didn’t want to do nursing. Career days at college helped me do a week of work experience at a local maternity hospital and it was then that I thought this job is for me!
WHAT DID YOU HAVE TO DO IN ORDER TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
I had a part time job from the age of 15 as mentioned before, either in a retirement home, or a home for young adults with severe autism. I did Winged Fellowship as a volunteer. This is where you offer your time to support families who are carers to a Family member. The programme offered nurses, equipment and volunteers to care for these people whilst their families had some much deserved time off. I enjoyed biology and English and at the time, I could have gone in from my GCSEs, as midwifery was run as an advanced diploma. They have now scrapped this course and made it to degree level which has its pros and cons. I applied and got places at a few universities and started at 18. It was a three year course that ran full time, there were no long holidays unlike other courses and you would work shifts in the hospital straight away. The course was split between uni and hospital based learning. I thoroughly enjoyed my training.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT IN THE JOB SO FAR?
My job took me to New Zealand, it was the best year of my life as the work/home balance is much better. A beautiful country and very different in its midwifery care/model.
DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST VISIT TO A MUSEUM and HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK MUSEUMS ARE FOR A CHILD’S IMAGINATION?
Natural history museum, probably when I was 12 or so. I think Visual learning is crucial to learning, especially my daughters. It inspires children endlessly and is fundamental in enhancing their imagination.
HAVE YOU GOT ANY ADVICE FOR CHILDREN WANTING TO WORK IN THE health care INDUSTRY?
Be ready for hard graft and responsibility. It’s a vocational job. But if you want to do it and you're passionate about it, then do you're very best and the rewards will be endless.
ANY OTHER ADVICE OR WORDS OF WISDOM YOU WOULD LIKE TO IMPART?
Not a sausage!