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
- Reflection on your strengths
- Positive actions – Flipping
- 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
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.