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How to Choose the Right Job for People with Autism One of the upcoming trends in workforce hiring is tapping into the vast untapped potential of people with autism. Indeed, in the last few years, … Read More
How to Choose the Right Job for People with Autism
One of the upcoming trends in workforce hiring is tapping into the vast untapped potential of people with autism. Indeed, in the last few years, major corporations like Microsoft and JP Morgan Chase have set up dedicated recruitment teams to find the best talent with autism to drive their organizations to new levels. The word untapped makes sense as it’s estimated that in British Columbia alone, there are at least 40,000 individuals with autism who are either unemployed or in work that doesn’t make use of their unique skills and talents.
Possible skills sets of people on the autism spectrum
There is an old saying about autism: “when you’ve met one person on the autism spectrum, you’ve met one person on the autism spectrum”. This truth is vital for all potential autism friendly employers to remember, but there are some common skill sets that make people with autism valuable employees:
The important thing to remember is the above list is only an outline, and when autism employment agencies are trying to choose the right job for people with autism, they always get to know the person individually to make the best fit.
Potential careers for people with ASD
The stigma and misconceptions surrounding autism are a large part of the reason for the dramatic underemployment of people with autism. However, as can be seen from the above list, there are plenty of skills and talents that people with autism can bring to the workforce. Some of the possible jobs that make use of these traits include:
No matter what job a person with autism chooses to take, it also requires an autism friendly employer to make the placement be a true success. Being an autism friendly workplace includes training all staff on the truths about autism, creating a less stimulating working environment and ensuring all communication is clear and concrete. Many autism friendly employers find that the changes that they make to their organization to hire an individual with autism also boost staff relationships and productivity, making the hiring process a winning situation for everyone.