I'm 17 and I live in the UK. I need to get a job to save

Posted on: Fri, 01/02/2015 - 11:29pm
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I'm 17 and I live in the UK. I need to get a job to save up to move out and I know it is obviously possible to have a serious allergy and do day to day tasks such as taking up a job but I was wondering if there is any "safe jobs" that are the most likely to be suitable for someone with a peanut allergy. Such as low chance of coming into contact with the allergen or what precautions you can take.

Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2015 - 10:27am
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Hi I'm 22 in Ireland with a peanut allergy. I really wouldn't worry too much about where to look for a job just avoid obvious places like restaurants, food shops, garden/pet shops. Focus on working in retail like clothes shops. I've had loads of jobs and it's never been an issue. Just once you start make sure all the staff are aware of your allergy and tell the health and safety officer ( most shops have one ). Once no one brings nuts into work you should be fine.

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Question of the Week: Answered!
Every week, PeanutAllergy.com answers one of the questions posted in our community.
Our Answer:
This is a valid concern, and it’s great that you are thinking about your own well-being! Working with a food allergy can be difficult sometimes, but it’s definitely not impossible.
It’s best to trust your instincts and begin your job search by considering both your area of interest and environments in which you feel safe. For example, you may not feel comfortable working in a restaurant because the possibility of being exposed to peanuts could cause stress and anxiety. Start with your skill sets and interests, and go for jobs that do not directly present an especially prominent allergen threat.
From there, the best thing to do is make your workplace aware of your food allergy. This way, they can keep your allergy in mind during events and also let other employees know. If you want to know how a specific employer can accommodate you even before you accept the job offer, ask them if they make workplace accommodations for employees with food allergies. You can read more about these here.
In addition, make sure to learn about your workplace rights. Because you are in the UK, the policies might be different, but the Americans with Disabilities Act clearly states that people with food allergies can ask for changes in their workplace environment if they feel uncomfortable. You can learn more about the ADA here.
Regardless of where you end up working, you can take a few steps to make sure you don’t have a reaction. For example, staying aware of situations in which cross-contamination may happen is very important. You can read more tips here.
It can be difficult to explain your allergy to others too. You can find out how to have productive conversations with people who don’t understand your allergy here .
We hope this information helps. Best of luck with the job search!

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