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I fear that my Dyspraxia will affect my future job

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:32 am
by Unsolved
I want to get a job but I greatly fear that I might run into some problems, like being a slow learner and have problems picking up skills quickly. What is my next step? Should I consult a Dyspraxia expert or straight ahead go and get a job?What type of job should I get?Are there any types of jobs that I should avoid?Okay,my next question is rather ridiculous;should I get a job by asking a Dyspraxia association for one? I think I should cause if they give me one, at least I have a boss that understands my situation and weaknesses.

Re: I fear that my Dyspraxia will affect my future job

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:22 pm
by Tom fod
Hi Unsolved and welcome.

It is probably best to start by thinking about what you’d like to do and what is currently available where you live that you can get to.

The Dyspraxia Foundation is the principal association but there are Disability Confident employers who will look beyond your difficulties and instead look at helping you reach and exceed your potential.You’ll find that people here have done a variety of different jobs that have presented them with various challenges dependent on the areas of difficultly their Dyspraxia causes them. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is important as is having an open mind about how you might be able to overcome areas of weakness.

So for example if I saw there was a job in a coffee shop I would hope my prospective employer would offer instruction in use of the till, coffee machine, Dishwasher and system they use to match each customer up with their respective coffee order. I might say it way take me a while longer to get my head around learning to use the till. Obviously at busy times I might be asked to muck in on other roles so having an appreciation of what my colleagues do is important. It all depends on what you want/is available and are prepared to put up with for x amount.

Re: I fear that my Dyspraxia will affect my future job

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:35 am
by Unsolved
I read in another post in which you said that you don't drive and that a kitchen is like a disaster waiting to happen. That's also true about me. What kind of jobs do you recommend I go for?Are there any particular jobs I should avoid? I'm thinking of getting a job as a copywriter in an advertising company.Will that be okay? My mother advises me to be telemarketer but I said no because I'm afraid on telling the wrong things to hundreds of people. Is telemarketing ok?

Re: I fear that my Dyspraxia will affect my future job

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:30 am
by Tom fod
Hi again.

Without knowing anything much about you or your location - (Pls feel free to introduce yourself in our Introductions Section when you feel comfortable.) - it is not fair or right to rule anything in or out for you.

If copy writing sounds interesting, it is worth investigating/pursuing.

Telesales /work in callcentres is readily available as there is often a high turnover of staff. Not for me as would do my head in personally but some people have the aptitude and desire for it. I just don't think I could enjoy it personally. Some people here have tried. I believe people are generally given a script to work from and have targets to reach.

Personally I'd hate the heat and noise of a commercial kitchen and would tell the headchef a few things Gordon Ramsay would not dare say if he/she shouted at me. Plus I'd burn /spill /ruin things (inc myself and would not enjoy that kind of pressured environment.

Re: I fear that my Dyspraxia will affect my future job

Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 8:10 pm
by allesandro
You should probably consider career counseling. There are also some good books you can read such as "I Could Do Anything If Only I knew What It Was"
by Barbara Sherr. She is an out-of-the box career counselor. I don't know about the book's availability in the UK however, you might have to go to the library. Also, "What Color Is Your Parachute?" by Bowles, also American

Re: I fear that my Dyspraxia will affect my future job

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:30 pm
by Jim
Tom fod wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:30 am
Telesales /work in callcentres is readily available as there is often a high turnover of staff. Not for me as would do my head in personally but some people have the aptitude and desire for it. I just don't think I could enjoy it personally. Some people here have tried. I believe people are generally given a script to work from and have targets to reach.
Part of my admin job at the nhs is effectively a call centre and I can tell you, script or not people very rarely answer your questions in a way or order that allows you to follow the script or process sequentially. So it does require a good deal of flexibility and mental dexterity. It can be pretty cognitively challenging.

Re: I fear that my Dyspraxia will affect my future job

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:07 pm
by Tom fod
V good point! I find I’m perhaps odd in that I work well when things are logical, but of course other people seldom if ever behave or provide the right info that I need to be able to provide them with what they want/need