From strength to strength

Earlier this month, the Hub hosted a free seminar for dyslexic individuals considering self-employment. The event was a collaboration between Dyslexia Scotland and Enterprise Mentoring, with support from the Hub team as well as Business Gateway, Mindmap Studio and Prayer Pixel.

Individuals with dyslexia can often experience challenges with reading, writing and processing information. However, they are often more creative and extremely successful entrepreneurs with higher levels of empathy. It is also common for many dyslexic people to feel as though they don’t “fit” the typical work environment and therefore self-employment can be their preferred career path.

However, whilst entrepreneurial thinking and problem-solving are particular strengths of dyslexic people, the planning and management of a business can particularly be challenging to them.

Our very own Colin Campbell was a guest speaker. Colin has received support with his dyslexia throughout his academic life and this charity holds a deeper meaning to him. Colin’s speech was well received as he talked about his own personal life experiences and challenges. From graduating from St Andrews University with an MA (Hons) degree to completing an MSc in Real Estate, Colin has benefited from both the academic route as well as years in the professional world.

Katie Carmichael, Career Coach at Dyslexia Scotland cited Colin’s presentation as the “icing on the cake” for the event with feedback confirming that the event made some difficult concepts, simple and accessible for the delegates.  It was also noted that 91% of attendees said they learned something useful which would help them in self-employment with 82% feeling more confident that they could become self-employed.

Dyslexia Scotland is the national charity of dyslexia, supporting and enabling those with dyslexia to reach their full potential.

The Hub look forward to welcoming Dyslexia Scotland back for future events and thank the team for staging such a positive event.

To find out more about Dyslexia Scotland visit their website here