Jobs for people with autism should be chosen keeping in mind their strengths. Both low and high functioning people with autism lack short-term working memory. However, they often have better long-term memory compared to most neuro-typical people. Neurodiverse people usually struggle with multitasking, but at the same time, are visual thinkers.
Here are some job tips for people with autism and others who are neurodiverse.
- Jobs must have a proper endpoint or a well-defined goal.
- The candidate should sell his/her work and not their personality. A portfolio of work done, like in all other cases, obviously helps.
- The employer must recognize the social limitations of the neurodiverse employee.
- It’s important that a person with high functioning autism, or who has Asperger’s syndrome, picks a college major in their individual areas of interest. Computer science is usually considered a good option because neurodiverse people are known to show their worth in programming. Many high functioning individuals with autism find employment as testers and quality controllers in software firms because of the routine nature of the work that involves conforming to certain procedures.
- Some other good majors include library science, engineering, accounting, commercial arts and drafting. neurodiverse individuals should ideally avoid business studies, history, political science, and pure mathematics. Library science with history has minor could be a good combination where a degree in the former will help the neurodiverse person to land a job.
Neurodiverse people should learn some social survival skills to become professionally successful. They can build friendships in their workplace because of common interests. The social life of many disabled people revolves around their professional life.