The work place is very different to school, where school is a pass fail environment limited to the schooling curriculum; the work place provides the scope for everyone who wishes to participate.
As a dyslexic who struggled at school with reading, writing and spelling I went off to do a trade in construction, where I discovered that I was good at planning the logical sequence of events that need to incur so as to complete a project.
Due to a lull in the construction industry I took up a job as a salesman and during the product training I realised that I understood the logic behind the hand written business systems that we sold. Soon I found that on my larger sales my competition was offering computer solutions. I soon sold myself as a candidate to be employed by a computer company and during the assessment I was required to unravel a number of flowcharts, I had never seen a flowchart before and felt really daunted by the exercise only to find out I had achieved 100% for my result.
I do not know that what I am about to share is appropriate for all dyslexics, somehow I do believe that these traits do apply; from a young age I was determined to succeed, I have a natural logic for predicting outcomes and the ability to see a situation holistically as well as to be able to zoom into specifics.
As dyslexics I do believe that we are extremely gifted people, we need to understand this as early as possible. We need to understand that our thinking process can be used in every workplace, and we need to remind ourselves that we are need to provide solutions where others fail.
“Camille Booth worked as a teacher and administrator in the public school system for 19 years. When she discovered two of her children had dyslexia and the schools did not have the resources to help, Booth created the STRIVE program to help her students …KRBD”