Autism & Employment – Could You Stand the Rejection? – The National Autistic Society

“Thousands of Autistic people are shut out of employment. Their skills are going to waste” 

Do I need to say anything else? This is a HUGE problem in our community.

I was very fortunate to have friends get me into my first few jobs as I built my resume. Then I learned in a management class what to look for when interviewing people – so I became the person you want to meet in an interview (at lest in the interview).

My “interview character” is a mask I wear. It is a fake me I call on to get jobs – and she is GOOD.

Nothing makes my anxiety pump more than a one on one conversation with a stranger.

Tip – if your armpits sweat when your are nervous, like mine do EVERY time I have to speak in a meeting – cover them.

Inside I may be freaking out, but my alter ego takes care of the interview. There have been times when I have over-promised and gotten myself in over my head but getting in the door is always the hardest part. This is a skill i learned and it took study and effort.

So many Aspies, who have talents and gifts to offer the world, cannot get jobs due to sensory issues and trouble in social situations. The world needs us but is unintentionally shutting us out.

Please watch the powerful video from the The National Autistic Society – Could You Stand the Rejection?

I can take NO credit for the video but this topic needs to be discussed.

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22 thoughts on “Autism & Employment – Could You Stand the Rejection? – The National Autistic Society”

  1. This has been a big challenge for me. Being able to hold down jobs, lengthy spells of unemployment which makes my CV look less than desirable, mental health records which really put employers off etc. In the end going self employed has been key. But it is super challenging and in many ways I would love to have the security of knowing that there is a wage at the end of each month. But hey …. At least I am now doing what I love if only in small doses. I hope employment support for autists will improve in the future!🙌

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      1. I believe I’ve said before that I am going into writing, I have one book out and lots to release, it’s a difficult career because it takes time to get anywhere but the freedom to work your own hours, without dealing with people who make things difficult for you makes up for it.
        I’d love a guaranteed income and financial security but I’d much rather be happy with what I do, as I am now.
        If you choose to make the change, I hope it goes well for you.

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        1. Thank you so much. Right now I am doing ok with a good job so I am trying to save and pay off things. Who knows if I will always be able to work. I have to realize that things can change. So as I work I am beginning my writing. Maybe the transition will be less painless.

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          1. That’s a good way to do it, keep the job, even if you don’t like it, while you get the writing career going, very sensible, that way you don’t need to take such a risk.
            I wish I had that option.

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  2. You touch on a good point about some (like me) who cannot hold down a job due to sensory issues. I wrote a post about it on my blogger blog that discusses this in detail. There needs to be jobs autistic people can do from home-for all skill levels.

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  3. I learned to “fake it until it’s real” but discovered that it never really becomes real. Still, it kept me employed for many years. I so hope things will change as more people develop an understanding of how much energy, ability and positivity we so want to share with others…

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  4. It is scary to think about it. I have an autistic cousin she just turned 13 years old and coming from an African country where even disabled people sometimes get rejection during interviews despite having the skills , I only hope peoples mind will change as we continue fighting against stigmatization. For my little cousin we enrol her to programs that support her skills which she has began to show interests i.e art, she is so much into fashion, and drawing designs its fascinating how fast she digests things example listen to music a few minutes and play it on the piano. People should learn more ,be patience and definitely know Autistic people have an extra set of skills that other people don’t.

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  5. YOU sparked memories I nearly buried. Memories I need not bury because they build character in what justice is. Interesting post and video. I never considered myself anything but hated by people. Watching that video was interesting. I… I placed myself in those spots as I’ve been in them before. I got the same anxiety, fear, nervousness, and partial shakes as I use to. The same questions… the SAME questions were in this video. The difference is these interviewers never gave the “I never liked you” expression. You know when one eye is slightly larger than the other, the corner of their mouth drops, and their shoulders rest back a bit with a long, strong exhale from their nose. I didn’t want to work with THAT looking at me, so I told the ugly truths of people attacking me, and throwing stuff at me, and that was enough to not get the job. “Provoking fights is not something we are interested in”. Yeah. I’m at my station and people come after me, and blindside me. THAT is always the top way to start a fight. Am I alone in this kind of ares of blind disdain from people?

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    1. I don’t trust people, because (unlike your description above) I can’t read strangers faces. I am bad at judging people’s intentions and have been taken advantage of before. I am cautious but try to be compassionate because people who are negative are normally suffering or ignorant. I want to trust and like everyone but knowing that my judgement can not be trusted gives me anxiety and causes me to be overly cautious around people I don’t know well.

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      1. Wow. I get you. I don’t trust my judgement either. That’s why most of my work here and on youtube are reviewd first by Sidra Owens, author of The Wicked Orchard (cheap plug for her). I am blunt, and never say the right words to reflect how I truly feel and to convey that I’m no enemy, but a person trying to understand, oget someone to understand. This leads to fights it seems. Try this at times. Practice it with someone you trust. Close your inner-eyes. you’re looking at the person, but not focused on them at all. Hear that person’s words as their facial expressions and body posture. Listen to what is interrogative, exclamatory, and declarative. Your eyes should be shut-open, and ears more attuned than the rest. I have done this many times and it calms me quickly. Yes, if they are deeply looking at you, they may think you are not paying attention. If you can, say, “That is not it. I do this to hear you better than most.” THAT will calm them and put them in favor of your technique. If not, then that person just wants to be angry at something and is not worth your time. If you don’t try this. I understand. Thank you for reading.

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