Working With Autism
What's it like to find and keep a job when you have autism? Read about Isaac Boorstin's successes and challenges:
I had been working at the Office for Support of Child Enforcement since March 24th. Sadly, that came to an end on June 29th. I wasn't surprised; it was always meant to be a temp job. But it didn't make having to leave any easier. My job consisted mostly of sorting through archives and scanning files. Occasionally I would be asked to restock the printers and scanners, and I would move some heavy boxes into the storage closet. I'd also take the time occasionally to rearrange things alphabetically in both storage and archives. Being diligent, well organized, and punctual definitely came in handy for this type of work. It helped me learn to be more patient, even though it sometimes felt pedestrian. There were times when I would try and motivate myself by making a game out of how much I could accomplish in a day. It also taught me to know as many of my co-workers and supervisors as possible. I learned how to connect with people better, and integrate myself not just by working hard, but also by being friendly. They didn't just see me as a worker, but as a friendly and reliable person they could get along with. But no matter where you work, it always feels good to get paid because it's cash that you earned yourself. But now that it's over, I would have to go back to looking for opportunities elsewhere and submitting more job applications.
Fortunately I was informed by my temp agency that I was being considered for a Data Entry position in the Department of Education. I interviewed for that position a few days after getting work from them. I've had experience preparing for previous interviews so it wasn't too difficult. I was prepped on the basic questions they were likely to ask me, and I made sure to call the woman from GoodTemps who had recommended me. Little did I know, the interview was just half of what they were expecting out of me. I was asked some basic questions about myself, including work experience, and I in turn asked them more about what this job would be like and when I would start. Afterward, I was put in front of a computer and asked to highlight parts of applications that looked different on paper than on the computer. Just a few weeks later, I was informed that I got the job. So my hard work actually paid off, and this is just the beginning.
This time I might have a little more responsibility, because I will be going over applications to see if they're eligible or not. I will be responsible for calling the families who apply for food benefits as school to see if they qualify for aid. I plan on learning more during my training in August. I wish everyone who is reading this the best of luck in your endeavors, and I'll be sure to tell you how my new job goes.