When you have a bleeding disorder it’s a good idea to explore your career options early – like while you’re still at school. If you have a career adviser at your school, they can help you explore possible career options and point you in the right direction. They can suggest what classes you should take at school that will help you get into a course and can also help you fill out entry forms for uni or TAFE.
You should also talk to your Haemophilia Centre about your career choices as early as possible. Receiving specialised advice in this area is extremely beneficial as your health professionals may be aware of some hiccups you may face and help you to deal with them. For example, did you know the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has very strict medical entry requirements and you will have to complete an application form and see if you are assessed as suitable? The Australian Police Force also has medical requirements for applicants. Some employers may require a letter for medical clearance from your haematologist as part of a medical entry requirement. It’s a good idea to check what jobs have medical restrictions before you start planning your career.
You may find having a very physically demanding job okay when you are young, however as you age or if you have arthritis (which will usually worsen over time) you may need to prepare yourself to change careers in the future. Some people choose careers which are physically non demanding as they feel they will need less days off when they have bleeds and do not need to worry about work becoming too much if they develop joint problems or arthritis. For example, if you have a desk job you may be able to go to work with a joint bleed, but as a brick layer the same bleed may be very disruptive to your life and require a few weeks off work. This is not to say that all physically demanding jobs have to be avoided for people with bleeding disorders, there are just extra things to think about.
Date last reviewed: 18/04/2013