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Career options

When you have a bleeding disorder it’s a good idea to explore your career options early.  

Talk to the career adviser at your school. They can help you explore possible career options and point you in the right direction by suggesting suitable classes to take and assist with the entry forms for University or TAFE.

Talk to your Haemophilia Treatment Centre about your career choices. They will work with you to implement strategies to help you overcome barriers associated with your bleeding disorder to achieve your career ambitions.

Some employers may require a letter of medical clearance from your doctor as part of a medical entry requirement. It is a good idea to check if your chosen career has medical restrictions to avoid future disappointments. For example, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has very strict medical entry requirements that exclude certain conditions and the police force also has medical requirements for applicants.

You may find having a physically demanding job okay when you are young, but as you age you may need to consider transitioning/pivoting to a less physically demanding role. Often this is able to happen within your workplace, such as going from being a tradie to teaching or managing. 

Choosing a career that suits your health needs may be beneficial. For example, if you have a desk job you may be able continue working while recovering from an injury or bleed but as a bricklayer you may require a few weeks off work to recover. Not all physically demanding jobs should be avoided – there are just extra things to think about.

Date last reviewed: 30 January 2023

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