Finding a Dyslexic Approach to
Career Planning
Charles Freeman
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Part 1
Introduction
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About this Workshop
• This workshop is an experiment
• The aim is to test my belief that dyslexic / neuro diverse people need to
employ different tactics from non-dyslexic people when planning their
career – Indeed they need to be better at and more proactive.
• To explore the topic I will try to identify some game theory scenarios
which model the career planning process
• I will also want your feed back and ideas
• The codpast has just done excellent guide to graduate job hunting
• http://www.thecodpast.org/2015/06/dyslexia-in-the-workplace/agraduates-guide-to-effective-job-hunting-part-1/
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Exercise 1 - 2 Mins each
•
Work in Groups of 2
•
Introduce yourselves
•
Each member of the group describe to your partner a work task you have
done well
•
Explain how you knew you had been successful
•
Switch over so the other member of the group has a chance to describe their
experiences
•
Please feedback your partners experience to the group
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Adapted from Penny Aston Grooops 8Ds of Dyslexic Wellbeing
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Puzzle 1
Majority
Minority
Right Hand
5 Points
3 Points
Left Hand
4 Points
2 Points
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Puzzle 2
Majority
Minority
Right Hand
2
5
Left Hand
3
4
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Part 2
What do dyslexics do in the work
place
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Exercise 2
• Describe to your partners 3 things you hope to get out of a job. (EG
Income, Security, Friendship)
• Describe 3 things that you bring to a job which are of value to an employer
• What is the average length of time you have spent in a job (not your own
business). Please also say how long self employed or running business
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My Guesses
• Dyslexics often find it hard to separate work from
rest of life – (Idea of working 5 days a week to live
at weekends hard for dyslexics).
• Dyslexics need to be passionate about their job
work needs to matter. (I have never found it easy
to see it as just a Job but that may be just me).
• Dyslexics spend less than average amount of time
in a job than the neuro-typical average 4-5 years.
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Dyslexics can do anything
But more tend to somethings rather than other things
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How are Dyslexics Employed
70
60
50
40
% Total
30
% Dyslexic
20
10
0
Self
Employed
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Unemployed
Employed
Not In
Labforce
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Dyslexics are over represented amongst
entrepreneurs and under represented in middle
management
Dyslexic
Non Dyslexic
Comment
Total Population
10%
90%
4% severely
Dyslexic
Owner Managers
19%
81%
Julie Logan
Employed
Managers
5%
95%
Julie Logan
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Dyslexics may have the skills to fill senior roles
but struggle in Junior Positions
Skills needed first job / internship
• Making Tea /Coffee
• Meeting and greeting
• Being tidy and organised
• Taking notes at meetings
• Filing
Neuro- Diverse Weaknesses
• Clumsy when making tea/ coffee
• Awkward when first meeting people
• Untidy appear disorganised
• Bad at taking meeting notes / record
keeping .
• Bad short term memory forget to file
stuff
Skills needed in a senior role
Neuro-Diverse Strengths
• Development of strategy
• Skilled in strategy development
• Innovation and creativity
• Different perceptions frequently
• Problem Solving and Analysis
viewed as creative
• Good Communication Skills
• Good at networking and
• Good at using contacts
communication skills
• Good Delegation Skills
• Good at delegation and team
• Good at team building and leadership
assembly
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Exercise 3
• Do you think your job is in a sector where
dyslexics are over or under represented
• How did you get your job
• How have you tried to shape your job so it
suits your strengths and weaknesses
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My guess at sectors with over and under
representation of Dyslexics
Sectors where dyslexics over
represented
• Creative Industries
• Engineering
• Construction
• IT ?
• Sales / (Marketing ?)
• Caring Professions
• Land Based Industries
• Sport coaching and
development
• Catering
• Science ?
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Dyslexics under represented
• Law and Accountancy
• Medicine (Doctors, Surgeons
and Vets)
• Administration / Middle
Management
• HR
• Civil Service and Public
Administration
• Translators and Linguists
• Teaching
• Data Analysis ?
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Employment by sector
(ONS Growth Dashboard 2015)
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More Guesses
• Dyslexics proportionately are more likely get
jobs by networking word of mouth etc , rather
than formal application.
• Dyslexics need are frequently very successful
at shaping their job to fit their talent – But this
requires confidence and assertiveness.
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Part 3
Round holes and Square Pegs
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Businesses change by managing risk –They take one
small step at a time.
Adapted from Richard Dawkins Climbing Mount improbable
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Typical Dyslexic Profile
Leonie Campbell-Dyslexic Teams
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Diversity makes business more productive
Terms of trade analogy.
John 1 day work
Janet 1 day work
,
combined total
Janet specialise in Iron
Combined total
Everyone is better off
6 Iron 3 Cakes
John Specialises in Cake
6 Iron 4 Cakes
When both Janet and John Specialise
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Positive Dyslexia – Professor Rod
Nicholson
• Many of the Skills Employers most want e.g.
– Persistence
– Creativity
– Problems Solving
Are skills which many dyslexic people have
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How many dyslexics should you have in a team
Leonie Campbell-Dyslexic Teams
• Myer Briggs
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When recruiting businesses want
Adapted from civil service fair selection training
• People who they are sure can do the job, not always the best person
for the job.
• People who will fit in to teams, and compliment existing skills, rather
than replicate those skills.
• People who are adaptable and flexible. So that the company can mould
employees to fit its requirements, rather than people who have their
way of working and have become rigid.
• Reducing risk is more important than identifying star performers.
• Job specifications and person profiles are designed to identify a cog in
a machine rather than people who will challenge how the machine
works
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Exercise 5
• Give an example of a time when you feel have
worked to make your self less of a risk to your
employer
• Give an example of how you have used your
strengths to get a result for a team in which
you have worked
• Describe how you feel about using each tactic
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Be aware dyslexia has a dark side from an
employers perspective (and its not only about
reading and writing)
Risks
• Untidy appear disorganised
• Get frustrated doing boring
tasks / get upset when left
out of decision making.
• Talk to too much at
meetings, red herrings, DVD
• Appear nervous not
confident around colleagues
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Mitigation
• Work on organisation skills
• Take responsibility for own
wellbeing- don’t unload on
employer
• Be self-aware
• Consider being coached or
mentored.
• Know your subject be ahead of
the game, and keep learning.
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Part 4
• Developing tactics to achieve your goals
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Puzzle 3
Adapted from Professor Martin Hollis The Enlightenment Trail
• Janet and Johns Pub Crawl
Janet
The cats whiskers 4,5
John
The creative challenge 5,3
Janet
The sensible choice 2,4
John
The Moderation 3,1
Janet
The Ladybird 0,2
The Michael Gove (1,0)
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Exercise 6 part 1
• How do you change the game so you end up
at the Cats Whiskers or Creative Challenge not
the Michael Gove or The Ladybird
• What tactics can be used to help you as a
dyslexic build a successful career
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My Guesses
Things you can do
Things to be aware of
• Follow your interests- you are
likely to be more successful doing
something you like, or are
passionate about.
• Safe and sensible is dangerous –
Lots of people will be better at
being average than a dyslexic
• Develop Weapons – You are more
• Confidence is key – if you are in
the zone and not conscious of
being dyslexic you are likely to be
succeeding.
likely to be employed for being
good at something, than for not
having weaknesses.
• Take ownership of your Self
Development and WellbeingConsider -Coaching , mentoring,
and counselling .
Have a method to off-load outside
of work and family.
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• Dyslexics can often be found
– At the cutting edge,
– In areas of obscure specialism,
– In industries which have not
been codified.
– Where innovation is at a
premium.
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Don’t forget being successful at work is not
everything, balance is essential.
Pennie Aston 8 Ds of Dyslexic Wellbeing & Eliminating Limiting Beliefs
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Go out an excel!!!
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