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Featured What makes it so someone with autism cant work?

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by An Arctic fox, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. An Arctic fox

    An Arctic fox Well-Known Member

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    That did give me some hope, thank you :)
     
  2. Aspychata

    Aspychata My Art Work

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    I find it best to apply for jobs that are short interactions, or jobs where l face a computer all day. I love technical jargon, reading legalise, or retail is okay.
     
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    There have been many reasons why I have either left or not been able to hold onto a job...

    -Not fitting in socially. Not being sociable or friendly enough - that can mean, not joining in banter and small talk; keeping myself to myself.
    -Not getting on with the boss's son.
    -getting angry and snapping at the boss when she made short notice or last minute changes to the schedule.
    - Not being aware of or engaging in office politics, not knowing how to 'play the game'.
    - Making social faux pas.
    - Being overwhelmed and having mini-meltdowns, meaning: need to go to the bathroom for 20 minutes to calm down and recover.
    - Performance anxiety; not being able to cope with school inspections or observed while teaching and being physically ill with anxiety so have to take time off work.
    - Not being able to cope with inconsistency.
    -Not able to cope with background noise.
    - Slow processing. Not able to take in a lot of information at once, slow to deal with things, difficulty with multi-tasking.
    - specific problems related to work, in my case classroom management or keeping class engaged (I talk in a slow, monotone voice and the kids just switch off).

    I have never been fired directly, but twice left at short notice and other times found my contract terminated or not renewed.
     
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  4. An Arctic fox

    An Arctic fox Well-Known Member

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    Well I'm sorry that happened to you but that was really informative and helpful (though I dont see how not being social can cost you a job but I've never been social so I dont know what I'm loosing I guess)
     
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  5. Progster

    Progster Gone sideways to the sun V.I.P Member

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    Because you stand out as being different... most workplaces put a lot of emphasis on fitting in, so if you are different or prefer to keep yourself to yourself, you are seen as not fitting it, and when other staff members see that someone is different, they will often gang up on that person and push them out.
     
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  6. An Arctic fox

    An Arctic fox Well-Known Member

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    Oh ok that makes sense
     
  7. Crossbreed

    Crossbreed Neur-D Missionary ☝

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    Especially, when we are curve-busters!
     
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  8. Progster

    Progster Gone sideways to the sun V.I.P Member

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    What do you mean?
     
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  9. An Arctic fox

    An Arctic fox Well-Known Member

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    I had to look up the definition for it but they are people who get good grades, at least that is what the short sentence I read was
     
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    In some grading systems (school, job performance, etc.), the person doing the grading will grade according to average performance, not against some rigid standard. That is called "grading on a curve."

    When everyone gets around the same score, they are comfortable with that. If their average would have been a D, grading on a curve makes it a C.

    If one member gets what would have been an A+, the Ds stay Ds. That is called "breaking the curve."

    (Most teachers will "throw out" the highest & lowest scores for this calculation.)
     
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    For me, it’s the comorbid depression that makes working difficult. My ASD is not the problem.
     
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    But I heard that many Aspies are working and rather in successful profession. Maybe in research jobs or IT jobs? Maybe also depends on how well you mask & type of jobs.
     
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    Being unable to work is not the same thing as making a choice not to work.
     
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    I started working at a young age and did OK for a while. I had youthful energy and technical ability and people make allowances for you when you're a kid.

    The expected socialising with colleagues meant going to the pub, so alcohol made that fairly easy. Boozing is also easier to maintain when you're in your teens. I don't enjoy alcohol any more, certainly not the aftermath ;-)

    What became an issue was increased stress related to changing jobs ("careering") and in retrospect failing to successfully navigate or even recognise office (or just general primate) politics. And later the equivalent in academia and sadly even in 'DIY' creative and other more voluntary social situations, with eventual burnout making it altogether unmanageable.

    If I'd known I had ASD / Asperger's it would surely have made some difference but knowledge of the condition and coping strategies still don't make it go away. At least now though I can accept my needs and limitations better.
     
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    I'm inclined to think that it isn't so much that autistic people cannot work, but rather that they are more apt to do poorly in a competitive job interview which keeps them from getting the job in the first place.

    Where our social skills may not necessarily be up to Neurotypical standards taken for granted by an interviewer.
     
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    As has been mentioned it's an individual thing. Many on the spectrum do work and have long careers. On the flip side many NTs have work issues. It's a mix of energy, motivation and searching out the things one is best suited for. Work is rarely a 'walk in the park' no matter who or what you are. If it was, people would not be paying you to do it.
     
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    dragonfire42 Perpetual outsider

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    For me, my primary issue is my social anxiety and selective mutism. Most jobs require more social interaction than I can handle without shutting down, and if I try to initiate any sort of conversation with anyone outside of my immediate family, I get so anxious that my vocal cords won't respond no matter how hard I try. I also now have memory issues that greatly affect my ability to perform a job, but that's from ECT I got for my depression, not because of my autism.