Next steps: help you can get after 18 if you have dyslexia

You’ve left school/college but you can still get lots more support. Find out more in this article.

You might have left school but you can still get lots more support for your dyslexia.

There are many organisations and resources available to help you navigate the next steps after college and when out in the “real world”.

This article will cover the following topics:

  1. Researching jobs and careers
  2. Writing your CV
  3. Work placements
  4. Job search sites
  5. Preparing for interviews
  6. University and higher education help
  7. Self-esteem/confidence
  8. Support and community

Click on the dropdowns below to find resources in the area of your life you’re looking for guidance in.

You can also contact us on our Helpline or via email for more information – visit the Useful Stuff section for our contact information.

Researching jobs and careers

If it’s time to find a job, you might first want to look into what career paths might appeal to your personal strengths and passions. Here are some handy links and tips for getting started:

Writing your CV

You’ll need a CV and/or a LinkedIn profile before you begin to apply for jobs. Here are some tips for getting started with this.  

Work placements

Many internships and apprenticeships can lead to permanent employment or help you get to the next step in your career. They are well worth pursuing!

Job search sites – dyslexia/learning difficulty focused

There are plenty of sites that specialise in helping people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties find employment.

Here are a few to get you started:

You could also use the LinkedIn Job Search App.

If filling out lots of several job application forms sounds really daunting, help is at hand! Here is a video about how the LinkedIn app works:

You can download this app from the app stores on Apple and Android.

Preparing for interviews

After you have applied for an apprenticeship or job, you might be offered an interview. Preparation is key here – here are some tips for impressing your interviewer:

University and higher education

If you’re planning to go on to further education, then you might be entitled to extra help through your college or university.

Building self-esteem/confidence

Working on your self-esteem and confidence is a life-long skill, one that you might need to pay attention to every time you navigate a new challenge. Here are a few resources that can help.

This book helps adults with dyslexia to master organisational skills, manage a large workload, and cope with deadlines.

It also has advice on how to improve your confidence, deal with stress and build on the creative talent that many dyslexic individuals possess.

Support and community

It’s always a good time to reach out for support and grow your community. Here are some good places to start.

If you’re in England, Wales or Northern Ireland: