Daissy, a First-Class Honours graduate in Criminology and Psychology, was passionate about working in a fast-paced international environment. Not only does she have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, she has a strong regulatory casework management background and is fluent in Spanish and English. Daissy came to Exceptional Individuals seeking a challenging position in a compliance / regulatory role.
How has your dyslexia benefited you and what does it mean to you?
It means that I’m different but in a good way. It means that I have a different perspective on things. I can link things, see the bigger picture, find solutions and be creative. It means I’m a hard worker. Because of my dyslexia I have trained myself to make my work perfect.
At university, I felt privileged that I had time to focus on my studies as a mature student – helping me focus on the academic content and perfect my essay writing. I had really good ideas, and I got really good feedback on my writing. Through the support I got at university with my tutor I was able to put those ideas down on paper and really organise my writing style.
I am so happy I came across Exceptional Individuals. It was just after a horrible experience with a job and I felt I just couldn’t cope. On Google I was typing ‘what are dyslexic people good at?’ I found you guys [Exceptional Individuals] on the first page, and I clicked on it straight away.
It was a breath of fresh air to come in and speak to somebody who knew exactly what I was talking about. It was just such a relief to know that there’s support and there are other people like me who are helping others.
Valuing and celebrating diversity! It’d be a pretty boring workplace if we only employed accountants – you need creativity. I think neurodivergent people have this ability to come into the workplace and be creative. Employers should maybe take a leap of faith and trust us.
Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence, so I would appreciate it if they could overcome the stigma that dyslexic people can’t write, can’t spell, can’t do anything. They should understand neurodivergence more and see its strengths not its weaknesses.