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Featured Autism and being successful at work

Discussion in 'Education and Employment' started by Heyphelpsy, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. selena

    selena Well-Known Member

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    When I first started out, I was really scared I wouldn't be able to hold down a job and be financially independent, so I guess I can consider myself successful in that I don't worry about that anymore. I think it was Neil Gaiman who said you only need 2 out of 3 traits to survive a job (I'm paraphrasing): be on time, be really good at what you do, and be the kind of person people like to hear from (it's the first two for me, heh).

    I've worked with other people who are also neudivergent but probably undiagnosed, but I'm still the only one I know who's stereotypically autistic (and I'll bet there are people at work who have guessed as much). I agree with the person who mentioned burnout. I haven't even worked for 11 years yet, but I can feel myself getting there. It's always a cycle of me feeling like I have to work hard at the beginning (so I won't be fired), then people constantly expecting me to do the workload of 4 people, then me not being able to find time to goof off and socialize because of that expectation, then me feeling like my high output is the only value I can bring to the table anyway.

    I have attempted to smile more and be friendlier earlier this year, but I've noticed that's impossible to do when you're hitting a new level of anxiety and depression.
     
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  2. MuiDylan

    MuiDylan I have ADHD too!

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    Hi, how’s everyone
     
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  3. Alexej

    Alexej Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I held down a job for 40+ years and retired last year after completing my career. I was diagnosed less than one year before I retired.

    There were some things I was not good at in work, but there were areas where I did very well
     
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  4. Derp

    Derp Active Member

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    what do you do if you dont mind me asking ?
     
  5. Bolletje

    Bolletje Overly complicated potato V.I.P Member

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    I've been looking for a job that fits me well for a long time. I quit a few jobs because, although I was good at them, they took too much of a toll on me. I seem to have found a job that suits me very well now. It's a bit early to speak about long term employment, because I've only worked here for a little under four months, but my boss has told me he really wants me to stay long time. I enjoy my work, I like my coworkers and my hard work is seen and appreciated.
     
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  6. Nervous Rex

    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    I work for a gaming company - we make slot machines, lottery terminals, etc. I started out just doing programming, but I would jump at the chance to solve any math problem that came along. It was actually through work that I realized I like math so much. I breezed through math classes in college but I was so self-unaware that I never thought about it. Over 20 years, I got the reputation of being the guy to solve math problems. I've solved a few problems that made the difference between canceling a product and successfully launching it.
     
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  7. John M

    John M Well-Known Member V.I.P Member It's My Birthday!

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    I work for a local government. I'm an information professional with a specialized focus on things that can be mapped. I'm not in a position that tells people 'no' however so mostly people leave pretty happy when they see me since I"m providing information they want. It's sometimes a social position by nature but usually people come to me within a very specific context(s) which I'm comfortable with. I suggest finding what situations you're comfortable with and finding a position where you're dealing with those things. Depending on where you are that may be very difficult but that's the best advice I can give you.
     
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