In this podcast Daniel talks to Elizabeth Takyi, CEO Aspire to Inspire Dyslexia CIC, about working with your strengths if you live with dyslexia.
If you don’t have time to listen today, here are some of the highlights of the “Dyslexia: Working With Your Strengths” conversation.
Coping Strategies Can Help You Identify Your Strengths
People with neurodivergent challenges can lack confidence because they’ve had bad experiences in the workplace. This can be addressed through coping strategies in your immediate environment.
Having coping strategies in place will help you effectively deal with the here and now. This means that you can stop treading water and start swimming with the current of your unique talents.
Once your coping strategies help you with the immediate situation, you’ll have the space to reflect on what your strengths actually are and how you can best work with them.
Working With Your Strengths as a Dyslexic Individual
Every dyslexic person is an individual with unique strengths. Because we’re human! However, research suggests that dyslexic individuals frequently display the following strengths:
- Big picture thinking.
- Problem solving.
These are clear leadership strengths that are valuable to the organisation. With specialist support and tools, people with dyslexia have great leadership qualities and frequently rise to senior roles.
Workplace Needs Assessment and the Challenges of Working Remotely
Working remotely may present additional challenges when working remotely. However, you may still need and are certainly entitled to support in the workplace.
There are a variety of different routes you can access to gain support. A workplace needs assessment could be initiated by:
- The Neurodiversity Champion in your organisation if you have one.
- Your HR team if you feel comfortable having this conversation.
- A private provider that offers workplace assessment, such as Neurodiversity Specialists.
- A charity such as the British Dyslexia Association.
- The Government’s Access to Work scheme.
If you don’t have someone within your organisation, the key thing is to research and find the right person to talk to, who can help you to arrange a workplace needs assessment.
4 Key Takeaways To Identifying and Working With Your Strengths
- Reflect on your own skills and what you do really well.
- Review your past appraisal forms and pick out any key information there around your strengths. This gives you an outside perspective.
- Capture this information so you can use it in your CV.
- Make sure you have examples and evidence of your strengths to hand when you need to sell yourself.
Get Help Working With Your Strengths
Daniel Brooke has a background in career coaching and career mentoring at Imperial College London, mixed with training in workplace needs assessing and supporting neurodiversity. This gives him a unique perspective on helping people with neurodivergent challenges, such as
dyslexia, in working with their strengths.
If you feel like you need a workplace needs assessment, get in touch. Alternatively, if you’re looking for help identifying your strengths, gaining confidence and communicating your value, contact Daniel about Specialist Career Coaching.