shamrock
shamrock asks:
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Are there any sources of help out there for discouraged job seekers with Aspergers syndrome?

My godson is 25 years old and just graduated from college with a double major--computers and criminology (focus on forensics).  He tried to join the military and was rejected because of his AS.  He currently lives at home and needs to find a job--but how--he is already discouraged with the few attempts he has made and is at the point of not sharing accurate information about job searches with his family.  I believe he would be classified as a 'discouraged job seeker' under other conditions.  We live in Portland, Oregon.  How does one go about seeking job help with a discouraged AS person who is not motivated to seek help--I don't know how much he can be motivated from within to climb through the obvious barriers.  Are there sources of help out there?  Do they actually help?  How do you make the connection between those who can help and those needing help who know they have AS but hide from it and do not get into a problem solving mode?  Are there support groups in Portland, OR?
My husband and I do not know how to help him.  Thanks for any discussion and help you can offer.
In Topics: Self esteem and identity, Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
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SarahRubar
SarahRubar writes:
Shamrock, have you looked at job placement services in your area, or head-hunters? These are people you go to, give them your resume, and they hunt for open jobs that are suitable for your skill set. They may be of assistance to you and your son.

Sarah
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lkauffman
lkauffman writes:
It is clear that you are very involved and care deeply for this young man. Your godson is very lucky to have your love and support.

As you mention, this is a very difficult situation and there is, unfortunately, no "silver bullet". However, I do believe that your godson would benefit from better understanding and embracing his experience of Asperger's Syndrome (AS), in order to get everything he can out of life. As you most likely know, children and adults with AS have significant difficulties in understanding many subtle and not-so-subtle aspects of social communication and interaction. Folks with AS tend to focus on the details and often miss the "whole picture", which can be problematic in terms of understanding the relationship between things in the environment. Indeed, folks with AS often struggle with organization and planning. Together, these areas of relative weakness can seriously impair the young job seeker.

However, individuals with AS often have significant strengths that are quite useful in the workplace. For instance, the same focus on details and "bits" can help someone to become quite successful with computers and programming (he is definitely going in the right direction). In addition, folks with AS typically have quite strong verbal skills. Thus, your godson most likely has some very valuable skills and expertise that many employers would be thrilled have as part of their team.

Your godson most likely needs some support organizing his job search, focusing his efforts on certain job sites, and advice about what types of jobs would be appropriate. And, once he gets and interview, he could use some support around what is expected and typical of interview behavior. Is there a local job training program as part of the city services? Or, as Sarah recommended, a head hunter may be a valuable asset.

Finally, I do believe that your godson could benefit from understanding and considering the different ways in which his AS might be an asset. For a little inspiration, you should point him to the career of Dr. Temple Grandin -- http://www.templegrandin.com/. Dr. Grandin was diagnosed as Autistic as a child, but she was able to leverage her abilities into a successful career as a  livestock handling equipment designer and professor.

Good luck and keep us posted.

L. Compian, Ph.D.
Counseling Psychologist
Education.com Reference Team
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stacycarpenters
stacycarpen... writes:
I beleive that your godson who could graduate despite his AS, will be able to find a job and work with success as well.
Advise him to create a jobseeker profile on Jobularity.com - he will be able to share his experience, goals, passions and skills with future employers and show them who he really is. Also he will be able to receive video-based endorsements from you, his friends and relatives who appreciate his qualities and his former professors. His profile that will reflect the real him - will attract employers’ attention. Your godson will receive job invites and could participate in application process and eventually get hired.
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TaraLawful
TaraLawful writes:
It's not that hard to land a job even if you have a certain condition. Just prove that you are a diligent worker ready to give it all. Recruiters adore applicants willing to learn and improve. Self-development is what actually matters. However, it can be pretty challenging to convince potential employer that you are capable. This is why striking resume is a must.

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resumescentre
resumescentre writes:
1. Desires for Employment: Know Thy Client!

At Chapel Haven, the occupation improvement division built up a device called Expectations for Employment to survey the aptitudes of customers, construct halfway in light of set up models however calibrated for customers with inabilities. The appraisal instrument utilizes 100 variables to gauge every person's "delicate" and "hard" abilities. "This gives us a reasonable layout and has been precious in finding the right sort of work for our understudies and graduates," said Carney.

2. Take after the cash:

Numerous elected and state government contracts have an arrangement obliging subcontractors to contract people with in capacities. Organizations working with the elected and state governments have authoritative commitments to give openings for work to people with inabilities. That sounds great on paper. Be that as it may, taking after the paper trail of work and knowing which organizations will offer on them is about relationship building. Who will get the work when the state police squad autos should be washed? Who will keep up state transportation structures? Become acquainted with the organizations offering on those employments and when the agreements will be granted. "We invest a lot of energy following where the work needs are, becoming more acquainted with businesses in this area and after that preparation our customers to fill those requirements," said Carney.

3. Begin with volunteer situations -- they may develop into a paid occupation

Numerous Chapel Haven customers begin in volunteer, unpaid positions, to increase some experience. At times bosses are so satisfied, they amplify an offer for paid work.

That is the thing that happened when John D., who is selected in Chapel Haven's Asperger's Syndrome Adult Transition Program, handled a volunteer temporary job helping Yale University's games office keep up athletic hardware for the college. The temporary job was so fruitful, Yale offered to pay the understudy for his work amid the football season.

"It was an extraordinary ordeal for the understudy and for us," said Jeff Torre, an athletic specialist with Yale Athletics. "He was at each home amusement. He made companions and became acquainted with a couple of our mentors. Alongside having a working relationship, we had some good times discussing computer games, music and sports, and numerous other regular interests that we shared. We would love to do this again one year from now."

4. Search for chances to utilize numerous

Discovering satisfaction work where customers can cooperate as a group is useful. Sanctuary Haven's exceedingly fruitful bolstered occupation situation at Hudson Paper has 22 customers increasing important information about work behavior in an expert manufacturing plant setting while satisfying work needs of different organizations who contract out their ventures. House of prayer Haven work engineers give transportation and progressing work honing at the site, and graduates are paid comparable wages. The satisfaction work is an extraordinary take off platform for Chapel Haven customers hoping to proceed onward to aggressive work.

5. Try not to disparage the capacity of your employment seekers to look for some kind of employment

James T. had heaps of assistance from Chapel Haven's employment improvement office in building up a resume and taking in the decorum required to effectively meet for a position. In any case, he additionally had drive and invested the majority of his free energy effectively searching for employments on the web. When he saw an opening in the mailroom of a nearby bank, he promptly called the HR division to land his first of two meetings. After the main meeting, he immediately shot a card to say thanks. "I was straightforward and brief in my meeting arranges. What's more, I spruced up pleasantly," Trimble says. He additionally credits "genuine, great looks" for helping him find the employment.

5. Essentially setting a customer in a vocation is insufficient. Follow-up by educated staff, observing and work training, particularly in the main week, are basic.

Landing work is vital, however considerably more critical is following up, giving some on location work guiding and inquiring in routinely with the business. Before all else, Chapel Haven's occupation mentors are nearby to watch and to help the new representative adapt. He or she likewise will speak with the business. "We utilize both scoring and instinct to choose if a situation is working out. At times extra preparing is required," said Carney. "Work observing is critical."

6. System, system, system -- even simply social engagements can prompt openings for work.

Carney and his staff put a premium on individual associations. He goes to business organizing capacities, works intimately with Chapel Haven board individuals who can open ways to work, and even found various huge occupations while schmoozing with an entrepreneur on a journey along the Connecticut River.

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john18967
john18967 writes:
Dr. Attwood is the leading expert on Asperger's Syndrome (AS) which is the spectrum partner to autism. This book is, at the time of this review his most current work. It is a shining gem and one of the standouts in autism/Asperger's (a/A) literature. If you are on the a/A continuum or know somebody who is, this book is your best friend. You will refer to it many times.

What makes this book all the more excellent and distinct is that Dr. Attwood discusses adults on the a/A spectrum as well. Autism in its myriad forms including AS does not clear up once a person hits adulthood. If you have it, it is with you for the long haul. Dr. Attwood's book and words of wisdom help lighten the load.

I have bought several copies of this book and have kept one for myself and gave the others to professionals in dire need of it. This book deserves a place of high honor and no parent; professional; person on the spectrum; anybody involved with a person/people on the spectrum should go without this book.

I was delighted to see a section devoted to intersensory marriage, that is of a neurotypical (NT) person to somebody on the a/A continuum. I would like to see more coverage of this much needed topic as AS presents a wide array of social challenges. Still, it is heartwarming; uplifting and encouraging to see more information devoted to intersensory marriages.

I agree with other reviewers who say Dr. Attwood is the best - I think we should propose a toast and raise our glasses to Dr. Attwood!
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