Home Health & Wellbeing
If you need urgent support, call 999 or go to your nearest A&E. To contact our Crisis Messenger (open 24/7) text THEMIX to 85258.
Read the community guidelines before posting ✨

Dyslexia and Jobs

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
If you were going for a job, would you tell your employer you were dyslexic?

I don't know if i should say something (I have to do a written test) or keep quiet as it might stop me getting the job.

I know employers aren't allowed to discriminate, but i think thats bollocks and have never told any employer in the past.

What would you do ?

Comments

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You could tell them, but then give examples of how you deal with it, or suchlike. You know, put a positive spin on it.

    It does depend on what the job is. I know some employers do discriminate and pass it off as something else, but I think dyslexia is a pretty common thing now, and unless you're applying to be a proofreader or a signwriter I doubt employers would be that put off.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The job does involve writing, but its nothing I haven't been able to do before. (with the aid of a spell check :D )

    I just dont wanna give them an excuse to give me the chop.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'd say if you think you can turn it into a positive, mention it. If you can't, or if you don't think it'll hurt not mentioning it, don't.

    I have neglectled to inform my employers of any of my health problems (cause I agree with you about giving them excuses) :angel:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Coming from someone who's just taken over from the past admin, who was dyslexic and didn't tell anyone... I say, TELL THEM.

    I'm a casual admin assistant and have taken over from the permanent administrator and it's a nightmare. She was a lovely person, but she's created a lot of problems with her spelling. If we'd known, perhaps it wouldn't have been so bad. But now I've got a lot of backlogging to sort out, with names and initials spelt wrong, it's going to be one arduous task.

    So yeah, I say tell them.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I have dyspraxia, but handle it really well.

    I think it's best to be open with employers. If it's a job where dyslexia would put you at a serious disadvantage, then maybe it would decrease your chances... If that were the case, to be fair you might find it frustrating anyway.

    But yeah, tell them you're dyslexic.
Sign In or Register to comment.