Below we list nine sessions that we can deliver to autistic, aspergers, or neurodiverse individuals. We can deliver these sessions as a course to one or more people. Alternatively individuals can pick and match the ones they are most interested in. It is also possible to do a few to start with and then choose more at a later date. Training is adapted to be age appropriate. The below provides an overview. The actual content will depend on several factors such as age range of participants, participant goals and prior understanding and knowledge. Please note, there is some overlap with these sessions and the Training for Autistic and Neurodiverse People sessions. If you need help picking sessions, please get in touch for friendly advice as to the best training to choose for you or the person you are supporting.
If you feel that you or someone you are supporting needs something that is not listed please get in touch: it may be that we have actually developed what you need for other purposes.
Matching strengths to careers
Knowing what you are good at and what you are not good at is very important in finding, keeping and progressing in employment. In this session we look at how participants can work out their strengths and weaknesses. Then we discuss how to find the best jobs for autistic people based on their skills profile. Participants may find it surprising to learn that they are very well matched to a career they never thought of. On the other hand, it can sometimes be invaluable to learn that some things people are very good at might not be suitable as a career due to the other tasks involved. It could be that something slightly different is better suited. We help autistic adults and young people or people with related conditions figure this out for themselves based on their own unique skill sets.
Finding the right work environment
This session helps participants gain an understanding of what work environments are likely to suit them in terms of their sensory and social needs, and which match their ethics and values. This is to limit bad working experiences linked to aspergers in the workplace and to ensure that time is not being wasted looking and applying for work which will not be suitable. We also discuss what reasonable adjustments are likely to be offered in different environments and also how the culture, mentality and demographics of certain sectors might affect the working environment. This knowledge is likely to make it much easier for participants to know what to expect before pursuing certain careers and how to deal with autism in the workplace. This is actually something most people would benefit from!
Deciphering Job Titles and Descriptions
In this session we break down various job titles and job descriptions and help participants practice applying them to themselves. This is so that when applying for jobs, applicants can clearly evidence their ability to do the job. We explain the what job descriptions actually are and how to interpret them. For example, just because somebody doesn’t meet every requirement on the job description doesn’t mean they shouldn’t apply for the job. Knowing how to evidence ability to do a job using the job description will improve chances of being offered an interview. We also go through some autism discrimination issues to watch out for so that they can be clearly countered.
Building a portfolio (showcasing strengths for interview)
This session is all about how to showcase strengths at a job interview. This session will equip participants with ideas as to how to build a portfolio to help sell themselves, depending on the type of work applied for. This will mean higher chances of being offered a job. We explain what different types of interviews are and how they are conducted. This is so that applicants can be as prepared as possible before an interview, giving them the best chance of being a successful candidate. We help participants learn how to answer interview questions in a structured way so that they give the interviewers the information they are looking for, and don’t forget what to say.
Social Communication at work
Knowing how and when to use social skills can be highly beneficial as it can give you opportunities that you otherwise would not get. It makes functioning in the world and at work easier and will help you get/ keep a job or even be promoted. However, we also know that social interaction is exhausting for some autistic people. Therefore, we not only teach autistic adults and young people how to use social skills, but to do so in a way which doesn’t exhaust them. Like all our sessions, it is delivered from the autistic perspective, meaning that we won’t expect people to do things they are not capable of. Instead of teaching social rules (which many non-autistic people often break), we teach the general differences between autistic and non-autistic communication. This makes it much easier for autistic adults and young people to work out for themselves when social interaction is and is not appropriate at work.
This session is for those interested in careers in IT and who want to know more. There is a high demand for people in the IT sector and not enough people to fulfil all the roles. This means that it is an opportune place to look for work. We often find that people are not aware of the sheer breadth of types of jobs in the IT sector. This session therefore gives a thorough insight into the types of IT jobs available and the skills which are required for each role. Participants benefit from this in that they gain a much clearer view of what is available and therefore save valuable time and energy when looking for the right IT careers for them. Some large IT firms are among companies that hire autistic people. Most struggle to recruit appropriate talent.
Getting started with self-employment
For some autistic adults, self-employment is the best way into employment. Some might have a developed a skill or a talent which is rare or unique but struggle to sell themselves. Some may prefer to work flexibility or alone, but not know where to start when setting themselves up for trading. This session explores the pros and cons of self-employment and will take participants through the basics of running your own business from the autistic perspective. It will encourage development of business ideas and require thinking seriously about self-employment. Participants will develop a plan to proceed. We can offer helpful, autism specific advice from personal experience on Access to Work, marketing your own business, and how to do networking with minimal stress.Many autistic people are able to network effectively, once they know how.