Feedback: Two-Way Empowerment

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Why Is Giving Feedback Important?

Giving honest feedback, in a non-judgmental way, is also an important part of learning. In an academic setting, teachers are encouraged to spend as long as possible giving good feedback to their students. That is because:

Feedback can improve a student's confidence, self-awareness and enthusiasm for learning.
Taken from the University of Reading information pages on Feedback

Although this quote is taken from the perspective of the teacher giving feedback to the student, the opposite is at times more valuable. That is because giving feedback:

  • Asks you to take control of your learning
  • Allows you to influence the way you receive information so that it is more relevant to you
  • Forces you to connect with the part of you that "has your best interest at heart", and therefore helps to build confidence.

From our perspective, it allows us to create the best learning environment for you, which is what matters most to us.

Survival Guide - Employment

Welcome to the resources to the Workshop on employment.


Before introducing the resources available to you, we thought we would take a moment to remind you of how much you have achieved since starting this Survival Guide Workshop.

So far you have developed your own:

  • Skills analysis
  • Plan
  • Goals
  • Journal
  • Reflection on your strengths
  • Positive actions – Flipping
  • Confidence
  • Ability to give Feedback

We hope you are proud of yourselves. Remember what Polly said in the Workshop on Self-Confidence: "celebrate your successes". We are proud of your progress and are celebrating the achievements you have made at this halfway point.


The emphasis of this third workshop, was on making progress in understanding what types of employment are suitable to you. This is because looking for work is exhausting - both emotionally and physically! It is much more effective to search, and apply, for the types of jobs you are likely to enjoy.

For that, the starting point must be, you guessed it, to know yourself and your strengths as Tony Attwood also emphasised in the YouTube video that was shown at the beginning of the Workshop.

In addition to your strengths, the Worksheet below (Worksheet 1a is the blank version for you to complete, and Worksheet 1b shows you an example) we also ask you to acknowledge what you can and cannot cope with. What you do and do not like. These are important questions as, how you answer them will affect the types of work you are more likely to enjoy and those you should really not even consider applying for.

Remember, although you might have to make a few compromises, knowing your limits will help you have effective conversations with potential employers. More on this in the next workshop on "Communication".

Workshop Resources and Materials

Useful Links

For this Workshop, we only have one suggested watching the video with Tony Atwood. Although he does focus on Higher Functioning ASD, the advice he gives is universal - particularly if you feel you struggle to cope with this "emotive" world.

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