Employment

Job interview

Here is a good article about job interviews for people with Asperger’s, with analysis and examples.       Click icon to view.       Also:

  • This article describes and illustrates the problems on both sides of the interviewer’s desk.
  • So what can you do?       Here are some tips for people with Asperger’s attending a job interview.

Evenbreak

Evenbreak advertises jobs for disabled candidates.       The employers on Evenbreak are actively aiming to attract such candidates.       Click icon to find out about them.        To check that you qualify for their support see: FAQ.       See their home page to search for jobs.

Work from home

Working from home may sound good but finding your way into a genuine job may be difficult.      Click icon to find out more about the ins and outs.       new

Also here is a clearly presented Which guide to job scams and employment fraud.       Getting a genuine job that allows you to work from home requires extra care.

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Resources

The National Autistic Society has several pages of resources for employment related issues.        Click icon to browse.       Ambitious about Autism is running a project which aims to get more people on the spectrum into work.      Find their employment resources and look for their toolkit.

Auticon

Auticon is a company, with a presence in the UK, that seeks to nurture autistic talent.        They are an international IT consulting business working with software and data.        Click icon for their website.        Have a look at careers

Adult life

Eric from Singapore has written some handy guides to adult life as someone with Asperger’s.        He addresses aspies everywhere in a readable style with insightful tips.         Click icon and browse under the Real life menu:   Basic work rules          Staying employed         Freelance jobs         Financial literacy        Working with money         Insurance discrimination

For anyone interested in the freelance jobs page, be sure to check points 1 – 3 at the bottom of the page.       Earning a bit of pocket money while living with one’s parents may be straight forward enough but it would be wise to consider the potential risks of going freelance carefully before relying on it in a big way.        Here are is a more mainstream view of avoiding  the risks.

Employment for Disabled People
Social Obligation or Individual Responsibility? 

Some people are at the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum have achieved remarkable things, e.g. Richard Branson and probably Isaac Newton to name but two.     A significant proportion of university lecturers are said to be in a similar category.     But whatever your level of potential the law offers some protection against discrimination in the work place.

The research paper referred to below might be said to offer useful insights to those with disabilities, indicating where they stand in relation to the world of work.      The full article is pretty heavy going though, so the link below takes you into a brief outline.      Click icon to view.

Tips

If you are preparing for the world of work you could probably do with some one-to-one advice and guidance, but here are a few pointers that might help:

  • If you are high-functioning this may be reflected, to some extent at least, in your qualifications, like GCSEs.      Technical work might be right up your street.
  • Whatever your level, it looks good if you can get some work experience – however small and straight forward.     This shows to yourself and possible employers that you are getting somewhere in the world of work.       Voluntary work can be a useful start.    Anyway, it might be wise to start small to begin with and see how you go.
  • There may be some things to avoid:  maybe too much stress or work that requires particularly good people skills.   For example, teaching might not be a good idea for you.
  • If your health affects your fitness for work your GP may be able to issue you with a Fit note, stating the limitations of what you can do.      For example you may need to limit the hours that you do.

For help and advice contact the National Careers Service.       They have:

  • useful things like a CV builder etc.
  • a free phone helpline,  0800 100 900.       They seem to have a calm and relaxed manner, with no pressure.
  • online chat.