Changing jobs can be a worrying process. You may be afraid that you won't be able to cope in a new line of work. The fear that dyslexia may hinder your ability can stop you moving on. It's also so easy to get stuck in a comfortable job you know and like.
The question is should you try something new or stick with what you know. I personally think new challenges are always a good thing even if they don't turn out positively. Negative experiences help us develop.
Having the confidence to achieve your goals in life is essential for overcoming dyslexia. Therefore I would say be brave when you are thinking about changing jobs.
When I was younger I worked in a record shop. At the time I had not made any effort to overcome my dyslexia. I was pretty much semi-literate. Due to my poor spelling ability I was not able to use the stock control computer properly.
In the end the manager had to sack me. After that I realised I had to do something about my dyslexia, so I started doing a lot of reading.
If it wasn’t for that one negative experience I may not have forced myself to improve my literacy skills, gone to university and ended up being part of this website.
Today dyslexic people are protected under the law. The Equality Act of 2010 obligates employers to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people.
I would say it’s best to tell a prospective employer at the interview stage about your dyslexia for a number of reasons:
Always be sure, though, to show that you have the literacy skills needed to do the job.
However if you are sure your dyslexia will not affect your work there may be no need to tell a prospective employer.
If you are continuously improving your literacy and numeracy skills you will naturally have more confidence when changing jobs. In the end this confidence will help you to achieve your career goals.
Planning and preparation are key to success so make sure you know the requirements of a job before you apply. Find out if you need to work on any of your key skills. Make sure you are ready for your new challenge.
Do not be disheartened if dyslexia causes you problems when changing jobs. Make sure any negative experiences make you stronger.
When starting a new job don’t let it overwhelm you. Take your time and have faith in yourself that you can get the job done. The most important thing, though, is never let dyslexia hold you back from what you want to do in life.