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Employment

It’s never too early to start looking for work after your time in higher education and the careers service at your university or college is a great place to start. It will be able to guide you towards areas of work best suited to your degree and usually offer advice on writing applications and your CV.

The service can also offer advice should you wish to continue your education.

Epilepsy and employment facts

Discrimination laws mean that an employer cannot refuse to hire you simply because you have epilepsy.

These laws do not apply to the armed services. If your epilepsy is not well controlled, there will be some careers that may not be suitable, such as being an airline pilot, train driver and working at heights. But all other jobs should still be open to you.

Under the Disability Discrimination Act (Northern Ireland) and the Equality Act (the rest of the UK), an employer is obliged to make reasonable adjustments so that you are not disadvantaged compared to your colleagues. This could be providing a specialist piece of equipment (e.g. an anti-glare screen for your computer if you have photosensitive epilepsy) to help you do the job.

Telling your future employer about your epilepsy

If it comes up in the interview, answering honestly will give you a chance to explain how you manage your epilepsy.

If you are offered a job without your epilepsy being mentioned, it may be a good idea to talk to your employer before you start. It will allow them to make any adjustments you might need.

Read more about employment and disability on the Gov.uk website.

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