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Jacky Morán
M.Sc. Social Psychology/M. A. Career Guidance
Practice
“If my mind can conceive it, and
my heart can believe it—then I
can achieve it.”
He was one of the world’s heavyweight boxing champions and Olympic Gold
Medallist. He had a record 56 wins – 5 losses and ...
Why am I researching this ?
Snakes and Ladders is suggested as a metaphor to illustrate how dyslexia may
have affected employment trajectory in the li...
Snakes and Ladders
• This small scale research attempts to shed
light on the career trajectories of four adults
and their ...
• A key feature of this research is that it crosses disciplinary
boundaries between theoretical models of careers,
disabil...
“You know my name, not my story. You've heard what I've done, but
not what I've been through.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett,...
“Five a day?” Disability, Disease, Dyslexia, Difference or Diversity;
who draws the line?
“ It is quite normal to be const...
Theoretical Frameworks
1. Constructivist /Narrative approach vs. positivist
approach to career transitions
2. Social model...
This is a small-scale research project explores the interrelationship
between the job search process, dyslexia and managin...
Opportunistic selection of participants
PARTICIPANT EDUCATION CAREER SECTOR AGE/GENDER
ROB B.Sc. Philosophy of
Mathematics...
Methods
Semi – structured interview – Interview 1
(five themes)
MIND – SELF ASSESSMENT
QUESTIONNIARE – Interview 2
Feedback
Personal Correspondence - other researchers
Dr. Fernette and Brock Eide MD
Neurologists – Dyslexia Advantage
Nancy Doyle- ...
Rob- Participant
SAMPLE TOOLS
Emerging themes
“Left handed person in a right handed world ”
“I’ve got this dyslexia …So what! I wear glasses ‘cos me eyeballs are
crap… ...
Conclusion
• There is a need to adapt a differentiated approach to
guidance
• A narrative approach, including the contextu...
The MIND Self-assessment questionnaire may support
this process as part of the guidance practitioner’s
toolkit
Conclusion
" THE DRIBBLING CLASS " -  Career Trajectories of four succesful dylexics- Jacky Moran MA Career Guidance, QCG-7, MSc Soci...
" THE DRIBBLING CLASS " -  Career Trajectories of four succesful dylexics- Jacky Moran MA Career Guidance, QCG-7, MSc Soci...
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" THE DRIBBLING CLASS " - Career Trajectories of four succesful dylexics- Jacky Moran MA Career Guidance, QCG-7, MSc Social Psychology

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ABSTRACT

Snakes and Ladders

This small scale research aimed to shed light on the career trajectories of four adults and their interrelationship between dyslexia, mid-life career changes and career management. Using a semi-structured interview, followed by a MIND Self-assessment questionnaire, it looks into interconnectivity between dyslexia and hurdles in their careers. A key feature of this research is that it will cross disciplinary boundaries between theoretical models of careers, disabilities, educational psychology and sociology. This research uses a narrative constructivist approach to enable a holistic view of how the participants have made sense of their dyslexia and career development. The research challenges the deficit model of disability and dyslexia and explores reframing dyslexia as a difference. Some emerging themes were; the relationship between being diagnosed with dyslexia, confidence and disclosure, dyslexia strengths and career progression, the sandwich generation and gender differences. The research suggests that we cannot make sense of the four participants’ career trajectories without integrating their contextual experience. It concludes that some elements of career models are applicable, but adding the MIND Self-assessment questionnaire may be a useful tool for career practitioners and allied professionals, e.g. Educational Psychologists and Assessment Practitioners.


Note: The use of the phrase “the dribbling class” was recorded verbatim from one of the participants as this was the common label used to describe the segregated special needs class.

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" THE DRIBBLING CLASS " - Career Trajectories of four succesful dylexics- Jacky Moran MA Career Guidance, QCG-7, MSc Social Psychology

  1. 1. Jacky Morán M.Sc. Social Psychology/M. A. Career Guidance Practice
  2. 2. “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.”
  3. 3. He was one of the world’s heavyweight boxing champions and Olympic Gold Medallist. He had a record 56 wins – 5 losses and became a tireless advocate for social justice, including for those with dyslexia.
  4. 4. Why am I researching this ?
  5. 5. Snakes and Ladders is suggested as a metaphor to illustrate how dyslexia may have affected employment trajectory in the lives of these individuals and their organisations.
  6. 6. Snakes and Ladders • This small scale research attempts to shed light on the career trajectories of four adults and their interrelationship between dyslexia, mid-life career changes and career management. • Using a semi-structured interview, followed by a MIND Self-assessment questionnaire, it looks into interconnectivity between dyslexia and hurdles in their careers. • Note: The use of the phrase “the dribbling class” was recorded verbatim from one of the participants as this was the common label used to describe the segregated special needs class.
  7. 7. • A key feature of this research is that it crosses disciplinary boundaries between theoretical models of careers, disabilities, educational psychology and sociology. • This research uses a narrative constructivist approach to enable a holistic view of how the participants have made sense of their dyslexia and career development. • The research challenges the deficit model of disability and dyslexia and explores reframing dyslexia as a difference.
  8. 8. “You know my name, not my story. You've heard what I've done, but not what I've been through.” ― Jonathan Anthony Burkett, Neglected But Undefeated Cautionary Tales : Narrative Approach
  9. 9. “Five a day?” Disability, Disease, Dyslexia, Difference or Diversity; who draws the line? “ It is quite normal to be constantly stuttering and stopping and reviewing and reading and trying and failing and trying again then there is the marvellous intermission of Samuel Beckett which is - Fail again. Fail better. – which seems the perfect slogan for a dyslexic. “ Rob – Film Producer/ Director BSc Philosophy of Mathematics ( failed 11+ exam)
  10. 10. Theoretical Frameworks 1. Constructivist /Narrative approach vs. positivist approach to career transitions 2. Social model vs. medical model of disability 3. Strength model vs. deficit model 4. Participants' metaphors vs. Inkson’s career metaphors
  11. 11. This is a small-scale research project explores the interrelationship between the job search process, dyslexia and managing career trajectories. It is based on a phenomenological account of four participants’ career trajectories and their own understanding of how dyslexia marked their paths.
  12. 12. Opportunistic selection of participants PARTICIPANT EDUCATION CAREER SECTOR AGE/GENDER ROB B.Sc. Philosophy of Mathematics Film Director and Producer Main UK TV Channel 57 Male GILL M.Sc. Organisational Behaviour M.Sc. Computer Science. Registrar Chemical Pathology, MBBS (MD) Senior Business Analyst Computer Scientist General Medical Practitioner (GP) Self-employed / Private Sector Retail 55 Female BARBARA Post Graduate Diploma Education /Legal training Senior Manager in the Community and Welfare to Work sector (currently a post graduate student). Charity and Public Sector 50+ Female ANDY Electrical Apprenticeship /Shop Steward Senior Health and Safety Manager (retired) Construction Industry 74 Male
  13. 13. Methods Semi – structured interview – Interview 1 (five themes) MIND – SELF ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNIARE – Interview 2 Feedback
  14. 14. Personal Correspondence - other researchers Dr. Fernette and Brock Eide MD Neurologists – Dyslexia Advantage Nancy Doyle- M.Sc. Occupational Psychologist - Genius Within Dr. Stephen MacDonald – Senior Lecture University of Sunderland
  15. 15. Rob- Participant SAMPLE TOOLS
  16. 16. Emerging themes
  17. 17. “Left handed person in a right handed world ” “I’ve got this dyslexia …So what! I wear glasses ‘cos me eyeballs are crap… So what! That’s a par I would put it on, you know…” Andy- Senior Health and Safety Manager
  18. 18. Conclusion • There is a need to adapt a differentiated approach to guidance • A narrative approach, including the contextual experience, offers the space to explore complex stories
  19. 19. The MIND Self-assessment questionnaire may support this process as part of the guidance practitioner’s toolkit Conclusion

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