As a dyslexic graduate, for the first time you may be facing the unique difficulties, dilemmas and demands that dyslexic job hunting entails. Leaving the relatively nurturing environment of university and stepping into a world where Dyslexia may not be acknowledged, known about or catered for, can be a shock to the system.
To help you navigate this new and challenging environment, we’ve teamed up with Target Jobs to bring you this 5 part blog post.
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Before starting the graduate job application process
Many that do not know much about dyslexia are only aware of its negative effects. So even before you start updating your CV and writing cover letters, it may be useful to create a list of your dyslexic strengths. Think about how they are selling points, and draw up a list of them. This will help you articulate them in your applications. Dr Elizabeth Bradley, careers adviser for disabled students and graduates at the University of Central Lancashire, explains,
‘Dyslexia affects everyone differently so read through your educational psychology report. It will remind you where your strengths and weakness’ may lie.’
Then think about the support you may need in the application process and in the workplace. Would you need similar support to what was available to you at university? Are there any adjustments to the application process, such as more time for online tests, which employers could reasonably make?
Dyslexia friendly employers
Consider applying to employers that adhere to the two ticks scheme; it means they are committed to employing disabled people. If a job advert displays the two ticks symbol, disabled candidates are guaranteed an interview as long as they meet the basic criteria for the job. You may also be eligible for an Access to Work grant that will cover work-related costs, such as special computer equipment. There is a lot of support available for job seekers with dyslexia so make sure you research the options.
It can also be difficult for students with dyslexia to get work experience as they often take longer to complete university work and have little free time available to search for or get involved in extra activities. However, there are many work experience placements and internships specifically aimed at students with disabilities. Explore the available opportunities on the EmployAbility website.
Step by Step
The job application process can be overwhelming for students with dyslexia, as one student explained:
‘I found it difficult to understand what was happening because everything seemed to happen so fast, but a quick chat with my university careers service put my mind at ease and they gave me a timeline of events.’
Break down the career-finding process into manageable steps and get help and advice from your careers adviser at each stage as you need it.
This post was originally published on the Target Jobs website
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