Dyslexia is a recognised medical condition which affects some people’s ability to work with words, numbers or ideas. This can be in reading, writing or learning. This leaves them at a disadvantage in the world of the written word.
It is not an unusual condition. It is described as a genetic, neurological learning difference that is seen in around 10-15% of people. People experience dyslexia in a wide variety of ways. Around 4% of those people will have severe difficulties. There are no established patterns to who has the condition. It seems to occur regardless of a person’s gender, ethnicity, age or race.
People with dyslexia are often highly creative, finding success in a range of skilled professions. And In a truly diverse workplace, a person’s strengths are considered above all. All of our job listings come from companies committed to hiring without regard to disability.
Types of jobs available for people with dyslexia
Workplace attitudes are changing. As such, dyslexia should have very little impact on the opportunities available to you. Organisations, from the police force to teaching children, offer a wide range of opportunities. Search our database now for employers that offer disability-inclusive conditions.
It is important to say that dyslexia can interfere to varying degrees with a person’s ability to read and write. It does not make them any less capable in work. People with dyslexia simply need tools and strategies that are suited to the way their brain works to deliver their best work.
There are plenty of suitable careers for dyslexics. There are also a number which are particularly well suited to those with the condition.
- Technology and IT
- Internet/web development
- Print and broadcast media
- Marketing and advertising
- Manufacturing, assembly and industry
- Commercial driving
- Skilled trades
Jobs for people with dyslexia
Persons with dyslexia may worry about sharing their diagnosis with potential employers. They may be concerned that they are put off. This can lead to feelings of rejection and low self-esteem, and a negative approach to further job searches.
We want to change that. We work only with organisations that share our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. That consider ability far more than disability. If you’re looking for a place to find your next person-centred employer, explore what we do.
We believe this is important for a number of reasons. It is not only an employer’s duty to support employees with disabilities. As an employer, it makes good business sense. It has been shown to improve productivity and motivation within teams. It also fosters a heathy working environment.
Reasonable adjustments for dyslexia
The Equality Act (2010) says employers need to make reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities. What that exactly means will depend on how much the employer can reasonably offer, and the needs of the employee. This could include a range of amendments to the workplace environment.
For example, dyslexics may appreciate:
- having a desk in an area that limits visual and auditory distractions.
- Having a fixed desk location rather than ‘hot desking.’
- Providing written backup (such as an e-mail) that reinforces verbal information or instructions.
- Supporting employees to take notes during meetings.
- Offering clear and structured feedback on work completed.
What we can do to help
At VERCIDA, we understand that applying for work can be a nerve-wracking experience at the best of times. For people with dyslexia it takes on a new dimension of intimidation. Many dyslexics have sadly experienced discrimination within a professional context. There is a misconception that dyslexics aren’t able or reliable to perform certain tasks. This is false.
We believe in supporting people to fill their full potential. And there are a range of ways our partner employers support a diverse workforce. These include apprenticeships, graduate schemes, and jobs available across an entire variety of industries. These may come with further opportunities for new skills and training.
Browse through our job listings to see the opportunities currently available. Our database is populated by businesses who are known to be inclusive and have a proven track record for treating their employees with dignity and respect. This can minimise stress for applicants and help them get the job they want, and deserve.
Whatever your reason for looking, you are in safe hands when you search with us. We offer leadership on disability-inclusive employment in our industry. We’ve just been awarded the highest level of government recognition for our Disability Confident policies.
We’re committed to attracting, recruiting, retaining, and promoting employment for persons with disabilities. Sign up today to find the job that suits you. You can also search for job opportunities that offer support to individuals with dyslexia here.