Share Your Tips On Finding a New Job or Changing Career After Breast Cancer

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A diagnosis of cancer is a profound disruption in our lives, leaving no area untouched.  Cancer not only impacts our family life and our relationships but also our jobs and careers.

I’ve been exploring different aspects of returning (or continuing) to work after a cancer diagnosis in a three-part series for the Patient Empowerment Network.  So far I’ve tackled issues like handling your workload, managing your time and dealing with problems such as fatigue and concentration at work. In the final part of this series, I’m turning my attention to finding a new job after cancer treatment.

There are a number of reasons why you might be looking for a new job. Perhaps you need more flexibility but your current employer isn’t in a position to make the adjustments you need, such as providing you with the option to work part-time. While your employer has a duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to your workplace and working practices, what is considered a ‘reasonable adjustment’ depends on factors such as the cost and practicality of making the adjustment.

Perhaps you now crave a fresh start; somewhere where you’re not known as the co-worker with cancer. Or maybe you want to switch career direction towards something more meaningful and fulfilling.

I’d like to include practical tips and advice from the community.  If you’d like me to include your tips on this topic, I’d love to hear from you.

Here are some of the questions I’d like to address

  • Have you had to apply for a new job after cancer? For what reason?
  • Did your feelings about your job change after cancer?
  • How did you handle the question of cancer? Did you disclose it at an interview?
  • Did cancer prompt a new career choice?  Why did you decide this?

Please share your experiences and advice in the comments below.