Cleft Lip and Palate

Education, career and lifestyle

It was clear that among the adults we spoke to that, having been born with a cleft lip and/or palate, they were not going to be held back in life. These adults were engaged in employment of their own choice and pursuing fulfilling careers and had enjoyed and benefitted from both further and higher education. In addition, they participated in sports and creative pursuits, made their own lifestyle choices and had a strong sense of identity. 

The adults were also aware that their chosen career paths were occupations where they felt they were accepted as somebody with a visible difference. Popular career choices included education (from early years to higher), the healthcare professions and psychology-based careers. Careers such as these require good interpersonal skills and communication plays an important role and those we spoke to reported that these occupations increased their self-confidence and their ambition to be successful.
Others adults were self-employed or working within the arts. Elliott is a retail manager and manages staff as well as having daily face-to-face contact with members of the public. Alex wants to be a psychologist and Josh is planning a career in engineering. 
Apart from career choices individual pursuits included singing, creating music and performing in public. On the sporting side, there people engaged in rock climbing, swimming, and fencing. Together, the adults we spoke to said that these activities provide a confidence boost that helped in other areas of life.
Last reviewed June 2017.

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