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Finding a job or even thinking about what you'd like to do in the future can be daunting. Whether you're thinking about getting a summer job, or taking the first step into your chosen career, having diabetes shouldn’t stop you,

In this section we'll break down what you might need to think about, and answer any queries you may have. 

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The situation for people with diabetes in different jobs has improved greatly over the years, and there are now people with diabetes working as bus drivers, firefighters and pilots. These are jobs you weren't able to do in the past.

In the UK, people with Type 1 diabetes, and many people with Type 2 diabetes, are covered by the Equality Act 2010, which means that there shouldn't be blanket bans in employment.

However, the only exception to this is the armed services, which doesn't recruit people with diabetes.

Some roles are considered 'safety critical', which means that they might have medical fitness standards that need to be met. This can include specific standards for people who have certain conditions and take certain treatments, including diabetes and insulin treatment. There may also be certain restrictions on the types of work they can undertake as part of the job, if they do meet the medical fitness standards.

Our view at Diabetes UK is that there should be a system of individual assessment and, provided someone is well controlled with no complications of diabetes and has good awareness of hypoglycaemia (and that is the view shared by their consultant diabetologist), there should be no reason why they shouldn't undertake safety critical roles.

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