Lots of teenagers work part time while they’re still at school and there’s no reason why having diabetes should stop them from doing this. One of the big questions when applying for a job is “should I tell them I’ve got diabetes?”
While it’s understandable that teenagers may not want to tell anyone, in the long run it is easier to let the boss know especially when it comes to the need for testing, treating hypos, eating regularly and taking insulin. The employer has a duty of care to provide a safe work environment, but equally, you have a duty of care to be responsible and manage your diabetes.
It’s a good idea to discuss with the employer about the need for:
- regular meal breaks
- somewhere private to test and inject
- time out to treat a hypo
- other staff to be aware of hypos, how to treat them and what to do in the case of an emergency
People with type 1 diabetes can usually follow the career path of their choice, with a few exceptions:
- the defence forces e.g. army, navy, air force
- full time or volunteer fire brigade
- the police force
- the aviation industry – commercial and private
- careers that involve high risk activities e.g. at heights, underwater or solo in nature
Should you need further information regarding career options or feel or your teenager feels like they are being discriminated against in the workplace, call Diabetes Australia on 1300 136 588 in your State or Territory.
Further information for your teenager can be found here.