Finding the Right Job as an Aspie

By: Cole

Let me start with this: being an Aspie in the world we live in is hard enough, but being an Aspie and knowing that the way this world works is to have a job to support yourself and/or a family, that makes it incredibly more difficult.

There were challenges to accomplishing this right from the start, first of which is, just filling out the applications! No one likes it, but for someone on the Spectrum, it becomes a very unique and daunting task. The questions asked can be confusing, and wanting things to be in a set rhythm makes it hard when you see the requirement to be flexible with job duties and work shift times. I can also tell you that interviews are even more daunting, as I personally struggle with adopting certain acceptable social behaviors such as looking someone in the eye when speaking or being spoken to, and being direct when answering questions.

All that being said, despite the challenges, there are benefits to the employer that hires an Aspie or someone else on the Spectrum, and benefits to the prospective employee as well. The employer gains an employee that exhibits remarkable focus on the task at hand (being given notes and being allowed to work alone as much as possible helps me), and the employee gains valuable job and overall-life skills. Oh, and having a routine schedule really helps.

Now, I do want to briefly mention that my experience with job-hunting in the past few years has not been very positive at all, as I have not held nor even been given a real job until after moving away from home in April of 2017. I had interviews, but no callbacks, and that began to take an emotional toll on me and struck a blow to my confidence that I would ever become an independent working man. Also, coming out of college, I had fairly high hopes that getting a degree in a very specialized interest would help me to find a job in that field. Not having a paid job as a historian in any capacity in three years is not a fun fact to hold onto. Even though I am not working in it, it is worth noting that I used my special interest, which is history, to go to college and get a degree in that field.

Yet, despite all of this, I am an Aspie who is working a regular job and is making money to support himself and his family. My first job since moving was not my first choice at all, but there was little choice if I wanted to begin living the life I have now. Though, now, I am currently in an employment position that is a much better fit for me and I can honestly say that I enjoy going to work! Being an Aspie and navigating the job-hunting scene both alone and with help is no easy feat, but it is possible, and it can lead to a very productive life despite the unique social challenges that face an Aspie like myself.

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