Whether you are going for your first job since being diagnosed with diabetes, or going back to work with diabetes, there are a few things to consider. With well managed diabetes, you should be able to do most jobs without too many problems. It is important for your employer to know about your diabetes. If you keep taking breaks to do injections or finger-pricks and they don't know why, they may get very suspicious and annoyed. If they know it is for a health reason, they are likely to be more understanding. Just like at school your teachers needed to know you had diabetes to allow a little more flexibility when required. While it is not compulsory, it is advisable to declare your diabetes to your employer. If you don't, you may not be eligible for workers' compensation if it was ever required. Your workplace can then make allowances to help you remain healthy at work where necessary. Most employers will be understanding and try and help you as much as possible.
It is also important to consider your long-term control as this could impact on work as you become a young adult and start applying for jobs. There may be medical screening associated with some jobs, and like with your driver's license, there may be specific requirements to help ensure your safety and others in the workplace. It would be awful for you to have completed courses or training, only to find out you cannot work in that position because of your diabetes control. Your safety, and the safety of others, must be considered in some work environments (e.g. Armed & Emergency Services, Pilot). You may also be required to operate machinery, and there may be other reasons why diabetes control is important. So do think about this as you get to an age where you will be starting to work.
In saying this, your employer can't discriminate against you because of your diabetes. Usually being open and honest about it will help with understanding what is required. It is also important not to use diabetes as an excuse for picking certain duties, shifts or taking extra breaks if it is not necessary, as this may cause you issues with work colleagues and your boss.
Keep a little hypo kit on you all the time, so it's there if you need it (and remember to restock it afterwards).
If you need any advice regarding your workplace and/or employment, Sandy Havlin from Diabetes WA has a wealth of experience and knowledge within this area and can help you understand your rights and responsibilities. She may also be able to advocate on your behalf. Please see her details below. Your diabetes team from PMH may also be of assistance.