If you can dream it, do it

If you can dream it, do it

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” was something we all were asked when young. There are plenty of career options today that years ago were not always possible for people with haemophilia.

Preventative treatment options such as prophylaxis are today opening up careers for people with haemophilia. Developments in haemophilia care have paved the way for many new careers and workplace environments once regarded as ‘off-limits’ for example, in construction and working with heavy machinery.

To tell or not to tell?

You’re probably wondering whether you should tell your workplace about your haemophilia. It’s entirely up to you.

You can decide whether to tell your colleagues about your condition.  It might depend on the severity of your haemophilia and the type of job you are doing.

If you believe that having haemophilia may interfere with your new job, it might be a good idea to talk it over with your care team who can advise you and support you.

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What are my rights?

It is against the law for employers to discriminate against you because of your haemophilia.

Employers may ask limited questions about health or disabilities to determine whether it is possible for you to carry out a task essential for the position.  You may be asked if you have a health condition on an application form for an interview.

An employer has to make ‘reasonable adjustments' to avoid you being put at a disadvantage compared to other employees in the work place.  For example, adjusting working hours.

What are my possibilities?

Having haemophilia should not prevent you from working.  However having a medical condition like haemophilia may still come with risks. Some career paths, like working for the police or fire brigade,  may not be accessible to people with severe haemophilia however if the potential risks are well managed, the majority of occupations should be open to you.

With an open mind and a bit of advice from your haemophilia centre, it is possible for you to land your dream job.

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NP-8249
Date of preparation: October 2019

If you can dream it, do it

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” was something we all were asked when young. There are plenty of career options today that years ago were not always possible for people with haemophilia.

Preventative treatment options such as prophylaxis are today opening up careers for people with haemophilia. Developments in haemophilia care have paved the way for many new careers and workplace environments once regarded as ‘off-limits’ for example, in construction and working with heavy machinery.

To tell or not to tell?

You’re probably wondering whether you should tell your workplace about your haemophilia. It’s entirely up to you.

You can decide whether to tell your colleagues about your condition.  It might depend on the severity of your haemophilia and the type of job you are doing.

If you believe that having haemophilia may interfere with your new job, it might be a good idea to talk it over with your care team who can advise you and support you.

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What are my rights?

It is against the law for employers to discriminate against you because of your haemophilia.

Employers may ask limited questions about health or disabilities to determine whether it is possible for you to carry out a task essential for the position.  You may be asked if you have a health condition on an application form for an interview.

An employer has to make ‘reasonable adjustments' to avoid you being put at a disadvantage compared to other employees in the work place.  For example, adjusting working hours.

What are my possibilities?

Having haemophilia should not prevent you from working.  However having a medical condition like haemophilia may still come with risks. Some career paths, like working for the police or fire brigade,  may not be accessible to people with severe haemophilia however if the potential risks are well managed, the majority of occupations should be open to you.

With an open mind and a bit of advice from your haemophilia centre, it is possible for you to land your dream job.

Facts

NP-8249
Date of preparation: October 2019