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This is a difficult answer as there is no definite answer. You do not have to disclose your disfigurement on the application form or before you go for an interview, unless you want to. Employers cannot discriminate against you because of your difference and if you meet all the other criteria for on the personal specification they are obliged to offer you an interview.
Once you are at the interview, you may be asked about your disfigurement, see the answer below as to how you can approach this.
If you can bring up the subject early on with your new flatmates, you can get it out of the way and get on with enjoying yourself. You could say something like, 'I know when people first meet me they often notice my eczema. Don't worry, it's not catching'.
It can help to practise what you want to say beforehand so that you feel more comfortable. The National Eczema Society www.eczema.org has a booklet for teenagers, which includes ideas for talking about your eczema. Email email@example.com Tel: 0870 241 3604
Lots of people, who have a visible difference, work with the public. If you're inspired to teach aerobics and you have the skills then go for it!
Working with the public is also a great opportunity to show other people that your visible difference does not hold you back and that no one needs to feel shy or awkward about it.
If you or your Mum is concerned that people may stare or ask questions, think about how you handle these sorts of reactions in your daily life. Perhaps you could give people a smile or briefly explain about your visible difference? You can also do this with the people who come to your class, e.g. 'My face may be a little unusual but it doesn't stop me showing you a great routine that will really tone those muscles!'
It is important that you do not let your difference force you into giving up something you really want to do whether it is in the public eye or not, at the end of the day, it all comes down to the amount of confidence you have in yourself.