Many people find it difficult to make choices about further education and/or jobs. Let your interests and abilities be your primary guide.
There are a few career options that persons on insulin therapy cannot pursue.
Treatment with insulin precludes entry into the following professions – The Gardai, Fire and Ambulance Services, Armed Forces, train drivers, airline pilots/air traffic control and bus drivers.
Diabetes may be misunderstood and feared by some employers. If you are the right person for the job, it is important that you can show tht diabetes will not affect your work. Always tell your colleagues you have diabetes and explain that it will have no impact on your performance when well controlled. Explain hypoglycaemia and what needs to be done in an emergency.
Diabetes is not a disability. People who feel they have been discriminated against should consult the Diabetes Federation of Ireland and their solicitor.
The Diabetes Federation of Ireland is currently advocating the removal of blanket bans for these professions and advocating individual assessment based on ability.