Don’t be discouraged from looking for a job because of autism. There are jobs out there for the full spectrum of people suffering from autism. You just need to know who’s willing to give you an opportunity.
Find A Good Job Coach
One factor that people with autism need to consider is who to ask for help when searching for a job. Having a job coach isn’t something that’s exclusive to people with autism, but they can help make your job search easier if you are willing to work with them.
Having a job coach is a good idea because sometimes a person with autism needs someone to do a customized job search. They might need specific help finding jobs that will accommodate them or take advantage of their particular skills and abilities.
A coach can help determine appropriate accommodations to ask for as well as help with coping skills related to autism. Just like anyone else workers with autism need jobs that are tailored towards their abilities and experience.
There Are Jobs Available For The Full Spectrum
There are jobs available for people who are severely impacted by autism. Most of the recent buzz in the media focuses on people in the technology field, but people who are more heavily impacted by autism are also being targeted for employment by many different companies (both big and small).
Walgreens specifically has a training program for people with autism because their internal research data shows that they are good workers.
Find Jobs That Specifically Fit Your Strengths And Weaknesses
Make sure you figure out your strengths and potential limitations before starting your job search. You should know whether or not the job you are applying for is a good fit for you. For example, some people with autism find that fluorescent lighting is a big demotivator for them and it even causes them to get depressed. If you happen to have this problem then you might want to avoid any job site that has that kind of lighting.
See If They Offer An Internship
If they offer an internship that gives you a chance to prove to the employer that you are the right person for the job. Eventually they could hire you on as a long term paid worker. If they don’t decide to promote you to paid worker status then you could possibly get a good recommendation for your next job.
There are many different types of jobs available for people with autism. You just need to know where to look and what to look for. Your job search can be a relatively stress free experience if you can get help from the right people.