Choosing your future career is one of the biggest decisions you will probably make in your life. Obviously it requires a lot of thought – and this is especially the case for people with haemophilia. The key goal should be finding a career that is both fulfilling and supports your health over the long term. A good place to start is by asking yourself the following questions:
- Are there any special medical requirements? For example, the armed services, police and airline pilots have restrictive entry criteria so may not be an option for you.
- How physically demanding is the job? Some jobs may put you at greater risk of having a bleed than others. While these risks can sometimes be managed to a certain extent, it is important to also consider how you would cope with a physically demanding job as you get older, particularly if you develop health issues such as joint damage and disability later in life.
- Will the job require you to travel? While having haemophilia does not stop you from being able to travel, it does require some extra planning to help ensure that your trip is as safe as possible. You will also need to think carefully about the risks if the job involves travelling to areas where access to emergency medical care is limited.
- How flexible is the work environment? There will likely be times in the future when you need to take time off work for doctor’s appointments or health reasons. Ideally, your chosen job or career should be flexible enough to cater for this. For example, a job that enables you to work from home some days might be a positive.
The key is to find a balance between finding a job or career that you enjoy and one that will not compromise your health. Your Haemophilia Treatment Centre should be able to provide guidance regarding whether the careers that you are interested in pursuing will enable you to successfully establish this balance.