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Colleen Method
over 6 months ago

I have been looking for jobs since Sep 2019. I was terminated after people did not understand my issues at the time.

Feb 2020 I was finally diagnosed with autism amongst major other medical things.

Mar 2020 COVID-19 hits - everyone hates it - I know

July 2020 still looking for a job and have sent out e-resumes. I would not recommend using vocational rehab services during a pandemic - unless they are really active.

Also thinking of putting in a profile on fiverr.com and try my hand at home freelance work in genealogy & heraldry.

Anyone with tips on the online world? Thanks!

#termination #autism #workfromhome

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Mike Grauer Jr
over 6 months ago

Its so bloody hard. If you are high functioning. Employers expect you to be ether an engineer or programmer. If you are not in the technical fields similar to those. People see you as a liability or view you as a fake. When so many jobs base their hiring on personalty and emotinal intelligence. It gets even harder.

#Autism #Aspie #ASD #Aspergers #ActuallyAutistic #employment #work #jobs

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Mike Grauer Jr
over 6 months ago

I wish I knew what it was like to make more then minimum wage. All I get is low wage work. People wonder why I hate having Autism. Why I loath all the debt I got into in college. It never ends. All jobs I apply for unless its a low wage job with no other applicants. I never get the position. It matters not what the job is. Or people want me to work for free.

#autism #autismawareness #aspie #actuallyautistic #employment #work #jobs #life #rant #minimumwage

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Colleen Method
over 6 months ago

Still looking at job notices. Not many that I have received have found anything - except for the spam filter though.

My age, autism, being over 50 is a point of contention with many people. If you know accounting? Brush off those skills and keep them sharp - that's all I see anymore.

I am now working with an autism society - it is a slow process. A slow one due to Covid restrictions in place. Using online meeting software and it is a different world indeed.

Colleen

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Elizabeth Edens
3 months ago

A little over a year ago I decided to have a career change. I decided to do an online course UX/UI design. When I started I had no idea what I was doing much less any computer skills. We were asked as students to pick a problem we wanted to solve. ANYTHING... My son was 14 and he has autism. The problem I wanted to solve was to help him be more independent. As of today, I am still working on this project and it is growing into a massive project. I created a working prototype and it has helped over 57 families that have helped me with research. Yet I sit here trying to get a job in the field and I feel like I am not being taken seriously in interviews or on my resume.

#autism #careerchange #education #autismawareness #interview #resume #jobsearch #advice #application

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Mike Grauer Jr
over 6 months ago

Its frustrating when you are stuck in a area that does not have any jobs that fit your skills and talents, and employment background. . #Kitsap #KitsapCounty #employment #Work #Autism #actuallyautistic #asd #aspie

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Mike Grauer Jr
over 6 months ago

Only jobs I seem to be able to get is part time minimum wage work. Does not seem to matter what my skills are or my education or past successes. Its been that way my entire working like. I can't seem to get anything better. People around me act like I have never worked a day in my life. That the current job is my first job. Low wage work then long periods of unemployment. So tired of it.

#Work #employment #lowwagework #minimumwage #rant #depressed #fedup #frustrated #KitsapCounty #WashingtonState #Washington #autism #introvert

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Colleen Method
over 6 months ago

I had my consultation with Vocational Rehabilitation and also found out that I am autistic as well. Was tested to see just to see. Oops. lol, I'm on the spectrum so to speak.

For anyone job seeking that is on the spectrum - keep things real, explore chances of employment. Then attempt these services. They have rules and policies that may or may not be useful to someone looking.

Also, double-check your disability options too. Why? it doesn't mean you'll take it. Just see if you are eligible for it especially if you have medical issues.

Hope this helps someone.

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Colleen Method
over 6 months ago

Another update on my journey to wherever this is going.

In my search for jobs and with the vocational rehabilitation thing has been interesting. Due to the virus, every effort is being made to stay safe. Whew!

Oh and for some reason, I am getting notices for jobs that I am not trained to do. Like I have been an office worker - without bookkeeping or filing. On the other end of the spectrum - forklift operator or warehouse worker.

How comical is that? It is not easy to get a job right now when the only options available are things you are not trained to do. I spent nearly 34 years in academic libraries - forklifts were not in my area of expertise.

Stay safe everyone - we're in this together!

Colleen Method #termination #autism

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Colleen Method
over 6 months ago

My question is - how would you describe the term Library Assistant when looking for a job - even outside the library world?

I'm asking because I am out of ideas on what to look for in a job with my skill sets in play. :) So I don't cookie cutter myself into one field alone.

I'll be working with a vocational rehabilitation job coach soon so just wanted some terms to share with them. (Hint for my friends with autism - they do work in many places in the country for free.) Many states have them under different names though.

Thanks in advance.

Colleen #termination #autism

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