I also have a friend with dyspraxia far worse than my own who while working in a basic admin role was told by her boss that despite the fact she was a graduate with a first she’d never hold down a full time job because she struggled so much.
It makes me so mad when I hear about this kind of thing happening to people with dyspraxia
How dare your friend's boss come out with such a judgemental statement- I bet the boss had made little or no effort to provide your friend with appropriate support. Your friend is probably far more intelligent than the boss! Unfortunately, I have had more than my fair share of judgemental comments made to me in employment (including in an admin post) and on courses- usually, the comments consist of sweeping generalisations about me, with very little evidence to back up the claims of the person who is making them. I think sometimes workplace bullies home in on people with dyspraxia because we can be slower to respond or appear not to be dominant types of people, perhaps due to having low muscle tone. As we are often good at empathising, we may inadvertently come across as 'too nice,' which could cause us to become the targets of vindictive people.
Where our suitability for admin posts is concerned, I think it depends very much on the nature of the work. In my experience, the worst kinds of admin tasks to give us are those which rely on speed and accuracy- for example being giving piles and piles of filing to do or lots of voting forms to sort. Even if we're quite fast typists, we can still end up making errors when given nothing but data inputting to do for hours on end- this is especially likely if there are problems with attention, as is the case with me. The admin tasks which we might be good at are probably the ones which we would only get to do in a better paid (probably permanent) role. I am thinking of things like being given claims to process (eg council tax/housing benefit forms or insurance forms), where the employee is given more time to do the task and actually gets to use his/her brain. From what I've found, the kinds of admin jobs which people tend to be given if they're temping (eg lots and lots of photocopying and filing), tend not to be particularly suitable for people with dyspraxia, as we might not be able to do them quickly enough and can have a tendency to make mistakes if we're doing the same kind of task for a long time.