In a recent post, I summarized a list of jobs that are best for someone with Asperger Syndrome. The key is finding work that does not rely too much on short term memory or where there is the constant threat of sensory overload.
Once the Aspie’s strengths are identified, have them volunteer or intern with an organization in areas matching their strengths before landing a permanent job. An advantage to having volunteered or interned in a field that they have an interest in is they can build a portfolio to help them land a job. This shows prospective employers they have experience in the chosen field.
In my particular case, my goal is to be a freelance writer and blog as a way of supporting myself. I have samples of my writing to show different publications I am interested in writing for. Also, I recently discovered a website called Contently, where I am currently building a portfolio of different articles to physically show others my experience. Even this blog can be used as a sample to put in my portfolio.
For other fields of work, say computer programming, take a screen shot of your work and post it in a Word document to put in your work portfolio. If need be, take pictures of your work and write a brief summary about the steps taken to complete that particular project. This shows that a project was completed from start to finish.
A portfolio is a physical way of showing prospective employers that there is substance behind what is put on a resume. An additional benefit to having a portfolio is that even if one does not have the best social skills, having a physical way of showing that the work can help convince those doing the hiring to overlook the Aspie’s quirks when considering hiring someone.
If you are someone with Aspergers or a parent of someone with Aspergers, starting a portfolio will help in having a leg up on the competition. If you or your child has a portfolio, or have plans to build a portfolio, comment in the section below.
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