Ask The Jobedge Job Doctors Week 5

Ask The Jobedge Job Doctors Week 5

I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy - is it possible that I can work again?

Yes - it certainly is possible to work when you have narcolepsy.

In fact, regular work can be helpful in setting routines.

It's a good idea to be upfront with your employer - this will establish trust and will ensure that you are not unjustly labelled as not motivated or even lazy!

With your employer's assistance, you may be able to create small nap times during the day (including at lunch) and you can ask permission to do things like stand up during meetings and walk around during the day if you feel tired.

Making sure you have fresh air will help too. There is no reason why you cannot be very productive and enjoy your work.

What is a great question to ask an employer during an interview to stand out from the crowd?

It’s always good to ask a question at the end of an interview – it shows you are interested in the role.

Have up to three questions ready and focus on questions that help you learn more about the company and role. Your genuine interest and curiosity will be your strength.

Here are some ideas. Choose what works for you.

  1. Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
  2. How does this role contribute to the company’s success?
  3. How would you describe the work environment - is it typically team-based or independent?
  4. What are some of the challenges (and opportunities) your company faces right now?
  5. What are the most important elements of this job?
  6. What do you view as the most challenging part of this job?
  7. What is the typical workweek? Is overtime expected? How about travel?
  8. What new initiatives or changes are on the horizon for the organisation?
  9. What opportunities do you make available for professional development and training?


How do you talk to an employer and advise I struggle with anxiety if the pace is too fast without looking like a fool and possibly losing my job?

Your need for a slightly slower pace can be an asset to an employer, particularly when it comes with a good eye for detail, less errors etc. This is a strength that you can work with and encourage your employer to do the same.

When talking to an employer, it helps to come with the problem (it’s too fast) and a solution (I work better when things are explained step-by-step and I have a timeframe to meet my targets).

Focus on the strengths you can bring with this change. For example:

  • I’m really committed to work, but sometimes that means I need to slow down and have a clear plan.
  • I take pride in my work and want to produce the best work possible by avoiding errors or taking shortcuts.
  • Slowing down a little will bring out the best in me, and that means I can deliver the best for the company. 

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