Autism Jobs – Avoid these Common Mistakes
It can be challenging for people on the autism spectrum, such as those with Asperger’s syndrome, to find the right job, or in some cases any job. Sometimes, though, it comes down to looking in the right place.
Folks on the autism spectrum can have sensitivities and issues that will make certain types of work very difficult for them. And if they take these jobs, they often will not last. So it doesn’t make sense to apply for jobs in those certain fields does it? Select an autism job carefully.
Instead it is probably a good idea to look for the types of work and workplaces that will not clash too much with the individual’s sensitivities and issues. Choosing the wrong job is a common mistake those with autism or Asperger’s syndrome often make.
Autism Job Success – Understanding Sensitivity Issues
The idea is get familiar with (and be honest about) the sensitivities and issues that you (or your loved one with autism) have.
Next cross off the list the jobs that are obviously not going to work well for someone with autism. For instance, if social skills are a big issue a job requiring lots of interaction with people, like a bank teller, or retail salesperson, might not be a good idea.
Once you have an idea of what doesn’t work you can then focus more on the jobs that will actually be a good fit.
Six Tips to Successful Autism Job Choice
Here is a guide that will help in choosing the right direction to go. In an article in the near future we will list many more specific job types folks on the autism spectrum can excel at.
1. Avoid an Autism Job that is Too Hectic with Too Much Going on at Once
Adults on the autism spectrum are often bad at multi-tasking. Answering the phones, doing work at the computer and greeting people who come into an office would have them on overload within an hour or less.
A job that involves only filing, only computer work, or one other solitary task will work much better.
2. Avoid Hostile Sensory Environments when Choosing an Autism Job
As mentioned earlier people on the autism spectrum may have many sensory issues to contend with.
People with sensitive hearing for instance would want to find a workplace without too much noise. Easier said than done? Maybe not.
Jobs where you can work from home are a good option because the environment can be controlled.
In today’s world these “work from home jobs” are more common since so many jobs can be done over the internet.
3. A Great Autism Job Fits Your Special Interest
One man with Asperger’s Syndrome said he really enjoyed his job as a clerk in an outdoor gear store. He got to talk about his special interest all day long!
If you have an interest in what you are doing, the work will come much easier and the time will fly by faster. You will also be able to cope with the demands of the environment better with the proper autism job.
4. Seek an Autism Job with Limited People Interaction
Some people on the autism spectrum find that they get overwhelmed having to deal with social interaction for hours on end. It can be too taxing and take up too much limited energy.
A great autism job for these people would be one where they can do a task on their own, without the need to converse very often with fellow employees or customers.
And of course it is hard to find a job that is perfect but again the idea is to find one that doesn’t clash too much with the sensitivities and other possible issues that are present.
5. Good Autism Jobs have Predictability and Routine
Folks on the autism spectrum generally don’t do well with surprises. They need to know what is happening at all times. A great autism job takes this into account.
Jobs where the tasks are different each day, work locations change frequently, etc. are obviously not a good fit.
On the other hand, jobs where a routine is followed, and a schedule is set for each day almost seem tailor-made for a person on the spectrum.
6. Successful Autism Jobs often Require Attention to Detail
Jobs that require attention to detail, patterns or doing the same thing over and over are a good fit for many on the autism spectrum as they appeal to their natural aptitudes in this area.
It is a real strength to be able to keep focused for long periods of time and it is a valuable skill!
The Thought Process
Identify the sensitivities and issues involved and avoid possible jobs where those will be a big problem. Look for jobs where your strong points will be a major plus and gravitate towards them.
By going through this process stress and anxiety will be lower and in the end you will find yourself in a job you are happy and content with!
Thanks, Craig Kendall
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