16
Aug

Jobs for Aspies (Good Jobs for People With Aspergers)


– Hello everyone, welcome
back to the next video on this month’s theme of
Asperger’s and employment. And the topic you have
chosen for this week is Good Jobs for People with Asperger’s. So if you haven’t already
had your say by voting, you can check out this link
and have your say there for next week. So in this video, we’ll be
breaking a few stereotypes. I’ll be going through
two essential qualities of what makes for an Aspie-friendly job. And then finally, I’ll offer
you my own personal tip on how to find the right job fit for you. Okay, so what are some of the stereotypes that already exist out there. I mean think of what
were you expecting to see when you clicked on the video that said Good Jobs for Asperger’s? So some of the stereotypes are IT jobs, technical jobs, programming jobs, engineering, science-based,
research-based, all of the kind of jobs where a person is usually working alone and
usually a subject matter expert really getting deep into
their own special interests, whatever that might be. And I guess the first
stereotype I want to break is that what makes a job
Aspie-friendly doesn’t actually have anything
to do with the field or the work itself. It’s more the conditions
that go around that work that make it either friendly or not. So I know very successful Aspies who work as lawyers and psychologists and musicians and artists and what else,
I’m basically just going down the list of friends and
thinking what do they do. So what else? Personal trainers,
politicians, social workers, basically any profession you can name, there will be people on the spectrum who do very very well in those professions. So why do we even have
these stereotypes, right? Where do they come from? Why do we have this idea
that Aspies are best suited for these kind of socially
isolating technical jobs? And I think that one of
the reasons is this first essential quality of what makes for an Aspie-friendly job which is that the job is performance based. And what I mean by that
is that the person knows exactly what they’re suppose to do and they can be quite easily measured to say yes you’re doing a good job. Yes, I’m doing a good job. So the reason that that
is so important is because if the outcome and the
product that you’re making is more important than how you get there, then I can choose for
myself how I get there. So my boss might ask me to do something and I will say great. Can I do that in my own
time, on the weekend, standing on my hand with a blindfold? And my boss will say
sure, I don’t really care how you do it, I just
want you to get it done. And that allows for an
incredible amount of flexibility for the Aspie to work things around and do things the way that I work best. It’s a huge amount of motivation because all of a sudden
work is actually fun, and the performance that I am able to get when I am able to actually control those kind of environmental
factors is huge. So I get the ego boost of doing a really really good job and
being sure that I’m doing a really really good job. And finally, because I’m
being so hyper-productive and because it’s so easy to show how productive I’m being, I get the reward that I deserve. When I do a good job, I get rewarded. So I’ll give you a counterexample of that. When I working as an
engineer, I was basically paid by the hour. I was on flexi-time. I had really good conditions. But how the company knew
that I was working was I was filling in a timesheet,
clocking in, clocking out, and that was it. So what I would end up doing
is I would end up coming in really early and I’d be in this zone of hyper-productivity
and I would work flat out for six hours, and I’d probably get like a week’s worth of work
done in those six hours. But the problem was that at
the end of those six hours, my brain would be completely fried and I wouldn’t really be able
to do very much else useful for the rest of the day. So unfortunately, because of the system, I wasn’t really allowed to
go home after six hours. I had to stay for my eight or 10 hours or more depending on how much overtime the people around me were working. So what that meant was
that when I came back into work the next day,
I hadn’t had enough time to recover which meant
that the whole next day, my brain was still fried, I was still in this unproductive mode where
I was reasonably useless in terms of actually getting real results. So that was a big disadvantage at work. Fortunately for me, the
quality of my work was good enough that I
managed to make sure that that wasn’t a problem. But if I were in a situation where all I needed to do was get the job done and it didn’t matter
whether I took five days or five minutes, then I would
be able to make sure that that flexibility happened
and make sure that I could do things my way
and I don’t have to explain to anyone else what I’m doing. All I need to do is prove
to them that it works by showing them the results at the end. So that’s first quality,
having a performance-based job makes it a lot easier
to ask for flexibility when you need it. So the second quality is to
have a communication culture that is reasonably direct,
honest, open to feedback, all of those kind of things. It’s quite common for people
on the spectrum to find the intricacies of complicated
social interactions to be really difficult. So I am bound to at
some point annoy someone or piss someone off or create
some form of misunderstanding. That’s kind of like a
given whenever I interact with you know humans. So if I’m in a workplace that has culture that avoids conflict,
that is really really hard to come back when there
is a misunderstanding because I can’t talk to anyone about it. So there are essentially two reasons why that culture is very important. First it allows me more flexibility in terms of just being
blunt when I might not be really sure how best to
sugar-coat a message. I know the message needs to be delivered. I know sugar coating it is really hard. But the message is really important, but I don’t want to offend anyone. But in a culture where
it’s reasonably direct, I can just say it and I know
that the consequences won’t be too severe for me. And the second point is the opposite. When I do something wrong,
I need others to know that they don’t need to
sugar coat the message. I just need the feedback
’cause if you don’t give me the feedback, I’m not
gonna know what I did wrong and I’m just gonna keep doing that thing and keep pissing people off. And if that goes on for too long, then there’s lots of
secondary social side effects of people not liking
you, people unconsciously ostracizing you, talking to you less. And anyway, it snowballs out of control if I don’t get the
feedback and if I don’t get the opportunity to try and
stop doing whatever I’m doing that pisses people off. Or at the very least, if it’s something that I can’t stop doing or
something that I need to do, we need to have that conversation so that the issue is resolved
one way or the other. Okay, so with all that in mind, my personal tip to help find a job fit that’s right for you is don’t think about this in terms of I’m an Aspie, therefore I have a particular profession. When looking for a job or a profession or any kind of career direction, you can basically go down two paths. You can go down the path
of I’m really passionate about this subject. I’m willing to work really really hard because I am inherently
internally motivated to do that. Or you could go the opposite approach of I am not particularly
motivated to do this thing but it comes so easily to me, right. I am so much better at this than most of the people in the population that I can do a very highly valued job for not really much of
my internal resources and get paid well for doing it. And it doesn’t need to be fancy. I was talking to an Aspie at
a support group meeting once and he said at his job he is
the guy who unpacks the crates. And he loves it because it’s so easy and he can turn his
mind off and no one else at the company wants to
do it because they think it’s boring but he thinks it’s relaxing. So that was perfect for
him because it was a job he was good at and could do really easily. And on the other side, I know
people who have had almost no natural talent in a particular area, but because they are so
internally motivated, they just keep working and keep trying. They try so much harder than everyone else that they end up doing really well. So my philosophy on the
whole purpose of work is that we need to keep ourselves busy, express ourselves some how,
and be sustainable financially. So you don’t necessarily need to do all of those things in the one job. It would be amazing if
you could get a job doing something you’re really good at in an area that you’re
really passionate about that also supports you financially. That would be amazing. But it doesn’t always work out that way. So I know for myself,
there are some things that I’m just really
good at which means that if I get some kind of
performance based job, I can spend a relatively
small amount of my time doing something that comes very easily to me that is very valuable to someone else that I get paid quite well for, that means I’m financially sustainable. And then I’ve got the time
and the energy to follow my passion and express
myself and do all of those other things in a different
time that’s not my job. So that attitude has
definitely served me well in making sure I’m financially stable. So anyway, I might leave
it there for today. This is an absolutely massive topic and I’ve really only offered just a couple of quick thoughts on that today. Thanks everyone who voted for this topic. There’s still time to vote for next week’s employment themed video. And make sure you check
out my special live event next week on the topic of getting a job and keeping a job. So I hope you’ve enjoyed
this and I’ll see you again next time. Okay, bye.

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100 Comments

  • Some One says:

    You made really insightful nuanced points. I actually had a tech job in a well-known company and at one point I figured out how to get my work done in about half the time (eg 20hrs for a week). Everything was fine and I was getting above-average performance reviews equivalent to my days of 40-60 hour work weeks. However, the honeymoon ended once I was moved from an office that was away from my manager to one right across from her. She inevitably noticed I was only at work half the time and wasn't having any of it. My performance reviews took a hit and relatively soon after I was laid off. The thing is even jobs that claim to be all about performance will very often have managers who won't tolerate employees that clock in and out at the wrong time regardless of actual output.

  • Sojourn Grey says:

    Hey my question is if you need to get a performance-based job how do you find one that doesn't have time limits because most every job I can think of has time limits. Still love your work I think you are doing a fabulous service for the aspie community

  • Mark Mavel says:

    lol I'm bound to piss off a human when I interact with them 😀 I'm going to be a dick if I'm going to be direct lol

  • Lunarae Lovegood says:

    This was awesome. Thank you.

  • Bobby Girl says:

    This really helped to figure out where to work. I rather not be around people and I enjoy a job I can just go on auto pilot

  • Andrew Moorehead says:

    Would you say self employment is performance based, then?

  • Iahel Cathartes Aura says:

    Some (long) thoughts for tactile Aspies who aren't aversive to touch:

    I'm low/medium on the spectrum but also have other processing/cognitive issues. Am also very tactile/kinesthetic. Human anatomy, physiology, muscles, neurology, psychology, movement, pain relief, stress relief & health are major, intensely obsessive, lifelong interest areas for me.

    I work as a massage therapist for the last 14 years, after 2 years of school. At a relatively advanced level now.

    I get to mostly control my work environment to tune it to my sensitivities and needs. Very low sensory stimulation is ideal and respected by all.

    I have a charm and warmth (and "scripts") I can use to greet the clients briefly and get them on the table. Then I get to deal with only one person at a time, in a small, comfy, minimal, quiet non-stimulating place… while they're mostly silent with their eyes closed and mentally/emotionally gone (yay!).

    I'm merely there to serve them and the "vehicle" of their body/mind and muscles masterfully by applying highly technical knowledge and instinctive experience in a repetitive, meditative way – having silent convo with their body while my brain is teeming with a thousand bits of familiar advanced knowledge, patterns & details about it. And I get to alter the routine as much or as little as I want while customizing the basic flow 🙂

    (The funnest times are when I get clients who are also Aspie or ADD or who share obsessive interest areas with me. Then we talk. I can usually wear other people out every time and I have to be careful to ask and stop, but I love it when the other person can kind of beat me at that by sharing so much interesting info! It is mutually relaxing.)

    You can never get bored bc there's always tons more to study, discover, experiment and learn. Or not, if you don't feel like it. I love to study the detailed, famous work of Janet Travell who was JFK's doctor. And other advanced bodywork teachers, who I highly suspect many are Aspies also.

    Our profession seems full of tactile Aspies. Many are highly lacking in typical social skills, but are fantastic massage therapists.

    My constant challenge is to avoid hugely geeking out on people in explaining way too much detail about the source of their pain issues etc and what they can do about it. They just want to relax and be cared for in a set routine, quietly. Which works for me lol.

    I've also worked as a proofreader/editor, and that felt mostly good.

    You just said my exact words verbatim about trying to get the feedback. Been saying that all my life to people! Never understood why that's so hard for them but now I know.

    Hope my story and comments help someone in some way.

    And yes, glad you're doing another video on this bc in hearing your intro here, I said to myself 'Wow this is a massive topic to take on!' Bravo! Well done & extremely helpful!

    (One funny note: this video was posted on the birthday of someone I know who I think is Aspie & who works in high level IT. Lol.)

  • Chris Cardonald says:

    its good to find these,i got diagnosed this year with autism at 32 years of age.i had drink and drug issues for many years,but im now 3 years sober from alcohol.

    I have been kicked out of every college and job i have tried,im now trying to think what I should be doing with my life,im struggling trying to integrate back into society,the thought of looking for work makes me nervous or depressed. where do I get the motivation to do something with my life?the only people I feel normal around are criminals.i dont know why.i hammer the gym and meditate to keep me as sane as possible.to be honest id rather work on myself than sweat it out building somecunt elses capitalist dream.i think we should look after mind and body first and foremost and dont feel under pressure by society or government to tell you what you should be doing with your life,make that decision for yourself.good clips.take care people.

  • Fayette says:

    Im a dog walker

  • X Y says:

    I love data entry but I don’t like thinking that job could be replaced by a robot

  • Lisa Davis says:

    Omg is that my problem ? I work in customer service 😩

  • Dr Darla PhD says:

    I'm an Aspie psychologist 😉 where I can comfortably move in my expertise in a calm and controlled environment. I've also structured my career path that eventually moved me into private practice as my own boss and away from ego based leadership. Great vid explaining the real challenges for career "environments" rather than paths!

  • Rich King says:

    …stil waiting for the jobs…

  • Katherine Byrne says:

    I am aiming to be a therapist. I can arrange my own hours, psychology is my subject, people will have to be honest or else they won't heal, and it's one person at a time, which I deal best with

  • Noy Soffer Aranov says:

    I find that I have a very hard time working, because I work so much faster than everyone else so I'm done working after 3 hours but have to stay there for 8 to get paid. I also get super bored easily, so I have quit many jobs after less than a month. The skill path never worked for me since I would get so bored doing something I'm insanely good at that I don't think (I hate not thinking no matter how much money I get for it). Thus I had to take the passion route to be a mathematician (so stereotypical) for shit pay.

  • fbbWaddell says:

    Omg! I have a six hour work cycle too. Right now, i have to live with friends so its more like 3 hours. 1 hour with 2 hour breaks b/c I live with other people and I have to recharge constantly.

  • A-ROSE- A-THORN says:

    A lot he has happen to him happens to me,I also have asperger's

  • ryan says:

    I’m a cleaner, it’s one the less stressful jobs there is simple straight forward and no human interaction.

  • Adam Manniche says:

    I get stressed tf out just by looking at people who work with other people (fx. Cashiers)

  • Yvonne says:

    Wow! I'm 53 and just learning that I'm probably an aspie. Everything you described is my life from childhood to present. Difficult relationships, misunderstandings with people, the whole thing. This is huge.

  • Pat McCoy says:

    What's frustrating for me is trying to get help from vocational rehabilitation and they have NO clue about their clients being on The Spectrum. More often than not, they've tried to force me back into a situation that I have already failed at! ARGH!!!

  • Tom Shemanski says:

    This video has been very helpful to me. Thank you!

  • ASD & Me says:

    I learned to accept my ASD and use it to my betterment, I specifically realise when I have a special interest and I keep at it until I am good or very good at what ever that interest has to be. Before it was martial arts, I got a black belt, trampolining, I got my awards, electronics, I took a domestic electricians course, cars, I took a fitters course, ice skating, I learned to figure skate, transportation, I got a job on the railway and then I saw the world, when I saw the world I learned a new language, bikes, I became one of the best cycle technicians in my country, and now it is ASD and video editing so I am learning as much as I can about ASD and making youtube videos!!!

  • Cathleen Cardinal says:

    I never succeeded on the job, as a hairdresser my equipment was constantly being stolen and as a secretary I never was accepted by co workers

  • Cathleen Cardinal says:

    I was picked on so much as a child that I hated school and hated learning, so until I had to pay my own bills and keep a job I never appreciated an education until it was too late and I couldn't afford an educaton beyond High School free GED program

  • Cathleen Cardinal says:

    it must be nice being financially stable, I rely on food banks and begging

  • NothingToNoOneInParticular says:

    Like EVERYONE else on the planet. Start with what you are interested in, find out what education you need to gain to get that job. Get the job. Do it for 40 years. Retire. Die.

  • Ultraviolet Morgan says:

    I know right! Don't stomp around being mad at me because I didn't do something, just tell me what you want done and I'll do it. (My biggest work pet peeve)

  • 6 plyrich says:

    Jobs with systems.

  • Elizabeth Lynch says:

    I have no idea what job is perfect for me besides a mortician or funeral director due to needing degree in Mortuary Science. I am great with painting, writing, drawing, and being whizkid at jeopardy or wheel of fortune.

  • im replying to this comment says:

    Imma a 16 yer old and the only thing im good at is english

  • Bella Rose says:

    “Sugar coat” code for: tact. 👍🏻 phenominal advice!

  • Hawar Rokzad says:

    U have acutally 1111.11 Fans .. haha wow :))

  • • [the_Femme_Garden] • says:

    Thank you 🙂

  • thymeforpclife life says:

    Or photographer, inspection assist.
    Interior designer really any jobs that they can safely and effectively do they could be chefs that can basically do anything that could be work for NASA they could work for a hospital that could be a vet any jobs are capable of that they are good at

  • Sanad Benali says:

    so asperger’s: quick poll
    strategy games or
    first person shooter or
    RPG games where choices are very flexible

    reason trying to find an association with "certain mental maps" and certain skills
    personal reason figure out why I suck at strategy as chess yet I feel am good in RPG games or first person with a interactive map think bf

  • JWalker says:

    I feel like i'm practically unemployable honestly. I'm 48 and was a freelancer for a couple of decades due to this. I'm again trying another career. We shall see how it works.

  • paraglide01 says:

    I am unemployed now and I don’t drink, eat, wash, clean the house, the world doesnt exist for me and I just watch YouTube cat movies all day and for the first time after 25 years of hell in a working enviroment I am happy.

  • 24paljim says:

    Teacher; just. Loved working with kids. If the world was made up of kids, I'd be fine. Kids and animals.

  • 24paljim says:

    Postman/woman.

  • Dave Kellar says:

    I’m physically disabled severe pain I’m housebound what can I do?its a more subacute pain but I’m very intelligent? Any suggestions?

  • Chris Rodriguez says:

    Are introverts the same thing as aspergers?

  • Schnitzel Schnizel says:

    I was looking for job interviews. I was slandered against in the Veterinary field so I have to take jobs as being a Cashier/Custodian/Logistics/Stock Clerk. I was trained to be a Veterinary Assistant/Veterinary Technician and know Ebola better than the researchers, but I cannot get back into that field. I even wrote a book on Ebola called Ebola and Beyond. It is a Kindle book on Amazon.com for 0.99 cents.

  • L V says:

    I worked as an immigration legal consultant for 18 years. Many people like my bluntness and direct honesty. I get to the point and not waste my clients’ time. The results speaks for itself. I owned my own firm and found that I only struggle to get it up and running within the first two years. After my clients receive their results they send lots of people my way. The thing about being an aspie is that people like your work because you’re super interested and committed to the results. The clients who can’t tolerate the bluntness or too emotional, I send them elsewhere lol… being your own boss means you get to set your own schedule for down time when you need it. After 18 years I decided to return to school to learn psychology and do research, which I like most in my previous job.. the research and writings lol … dealing with people leaving me burnt out more often than I like.

  • sussi Q says:

    👍 yes performance based jobs 👍
    Less social interaction means more energy to the actual work. 🥂
    We often do this kind of tasks in a very high speed when hyper focused
    That’s why school was fun and suited me well. Performance.

  • irma jay says:

    I'm 80 years old and was diagnosed at age 72. That explained my life to me after trying to figure it all out on my own without the help of professionals. The brain is really a magical and mysterious thing.

  • Elle-Iza Logan says:

    I went to nursing school at the age of 17; not because I really wanted to do this job, but because it was the only one I've found that would allow me to pay for a flat of my own at the time. (It was moving out from "home", or ending it all, and I wasn't ready for that, yet.)
    I was quite good at it, and even decided to get advanced training in children's IC. Did that for 10 months, quit and got advanced training in psychiatric care (since I thought that I'd just work in the wrong sector). Quit after 10 months (…) and went to university to become a social worker. Quit one semester before graduation. Yay.

    Now I'm working with a housekeeping company, and surprisingly I really like to clean the houses I can work at on my own in (like cleaning the staircases and basements of huge appartement buuldings, or the houses where no one's at home).
    I dislike the jobs that throw me out of my routine, like "well, today we're washing the curtains" or "I want you to wipe the floors before you do the dusting", and I really have to find something else, since it's paid way too little, and I have to feed my kids.
    The whole Asperger's thing is totally new to me, since I got diagnosed just recently at almost 40 (until then I thought I'd just be a shitty, stupid human and disappointment for my family, who just can't try hard enough to be a good daughter / granddaughter / niece. Just because I can't get it together.)

    I really don't know what to do. I'd live to work some place without humans (…), like home office. But I'm too insecure to start something new, since I'm too old.

    Yes. There's a lot mi mi mi going on here… 🙄

  • nightrazer85 says:

    I can releate, except being a low performer but hard worker. That feedback problem happens to me most of the time. For me it's all about motivation. But easy jobs, when found although rare, really helps. That others get bored with, yet valuable.

  • Jared Alexander May says:

    I have Asperger's and I'm currently studying to be a psychologist. I did accounting in my very first year of uni and hated it. Psychology is what I'm into.

  • Stijn Van den Bruel says:

    Spot on!

  • Good Boy says:

    I LOVE your content!

    Just wanted to ask, have you had your posture checked? I noticed that your shoulders are not aligned and it could signify a spinal abnormality like scoliosis. I'm a nursing student and this is all I think about, sorry if it is offensive in any way!

  • sea bass says:

    I have aspergers and I want to become a personal trainer. Because I'm a very fitness driven person and I love teaching others but I don't like the school format as much.

  • Bruce says:

    Interesting as always.

  • Erin T says:

    I'm agoraphobic because of severe PTSD from abuse and I can't work… I hate myself and my life and there's nothing for me. If I lost my husband I'd be homeless for the rest of my life.

  • Lessandra r says:

    thank you very, very much.

  • William ooi says:

    why ur normal
    And im not normal…
    Im 19 years old
    And my brain and action
    Like 12 years old kid
    … What happened to me

  • Dakota Drone says:

    Warehouse and recycling centers are good.

  • Новороссия says:

    How do you think a person with Asperger's would do in the millitary? Because i'll probably have to serve for 1 year.

  • DancingDice says:

    the types of things I find very zen are cleaning and organizing when it comes to work. I can escape to my own world while doing those things.

  • Emília Nobre says:

    Thank you so much for your explaination ! It certainly will be very useful for many people 👏

  • LifeIsWhatYouMakeIt says:

    My favorite job was working as a high end security officer. Everything was safety and procedure based, with less requirement for social frivolities. I could make friends with people through shorter professional interactions while being expected to restrain from socializing too much. It was great for everyone. Working in customer service and office jobs was horrible though. I got horribly bullied out of several office jobs and there was no avoiding it, because they based my job performance not on what I could do, but how well I engaged with them at the lunch table. So not reccommended…

  • Shannon Kringen says:

    im an art model and work with medical students. seems to fit well with my challenges and gifts both…i do my art on the side and spend a lot of time alone.

  • Heathen Wolf says:

    That's how I work, people think I am taking advantage of them cause I can work work work without a break.

  • Vivian Kang says:

    I love music, I know I can be good at it, but at the same time I'm very anxious, I'm afraid of judgement, I don't know how to do big teamwork, I cannot handle stress, not even a bit, I actually prefer to do a simple, not high demanding job, even it's at the low end of pay.

  • soviet hammer says:

    So government jobs would be hell for you guys.

  • Thomas Randall says:

    I have high functioning autism as well & it has affected most of my high school years & childhood

  • jeremy leal says:

    I have worked a lot of jobs lately and i find it hard to find the right fit. When i lived in Washington (i live in Texas now), I worked very well in grocery stores, particularly as a courtesy clerk. But, it seems with a lot of my jobs lately, im pushing myself to the limit just to keep up with the rest and it shows. I just go fired from my last job because I couldn’t handle the amount of work and the conditions weren’t very good. Finding a job is hard enough, but it feels like its so hard to do anything right. Especially when people think you’re making excuses

  • holly downs says:

    I am a food server ! Bad choice but too late now

  • Fusiongene says:

    I work as cyber security engineer. I suppose because I have to scrutinize peoples motives and respond to them it’s a good fit for me, if socially isolating and manifests trust issues.

  • Christal Cotton says:

    Research for my graduating son…

  • Martyn Borthwick says:

    I'd avise against working kitchens unless you have a passion for cooking.
    Waaay too stressful. Theres no balance or middle ground – shifts are either so incredibly boring you're wiping down a fridge for 6 hours or so incredibly busy the night can dissolve into carnage at just one or two mistakes that set you back a couple tables if the orders keep rolling in.

    Good news is though – if you have passion you have a career.

  • BlaQ Ben says:

    I work in customer service and everyday I think of blowing my head off..

  • Garry Atkinson says:

    Thanks for your vids,just discovered them! This one describes me,I'm not diagnosed but think I maybe on the spectrum. I'm a welder,a solitary profession at times,I love it and it's skilled work but I'm experiencing bullying wherever I go because i like to keep quiet and crack on,2 chaps are currently suspended for singling me out.Not wishing to go into detail but I had a job interview with another company a few days ago and it looks like I could be on the move …again. HR have been good at my current job but it's too little too late from them as far as I'm concerned. I just wanna do a good job n go home and if I can get on with the guys then great.Thank you again for your info/vids.

  • C jack says:

    Love the idea of breaking the stereotypes. I used to be a research scientist but hated it as I never got to work on areas I was really interested in and didn't enjoy interacting with my colleagues. I then finished and became a stay at home mum which I loved and became very interested in and passionate about. I became obsessed with areas like pregnancy and breastfeeding. I'm now a midwife and even though I have to interact with an awful lot of people, I love talking about pregnancy and infant feeding so it's ok. With some reasonable adjustments from my employer such as shorter and regular working hours I love my job. Your last point is definitely true for me. I may not be the best but I work incredibly hard to be the best I can be.

  • Lou Arre says:

    Very interesting video. Ty for sharing. 🦋

  • His New Life says:

    I can’t do math or science. My special interest and giftings lie in the area of art and design and plants.

  • His New Life says:

    I love to study so that makes me really good in academia. I am considering going back to school for a masters degree, but I have no idea which field of study to study because ai have a few different interests. I love to preach so I thought about a Master of Divinity degree, although I cannot pastor because I find dealing with people is not the best job for me.i love plants and gardening, design and art types of jobs, i used to be a graphic designer and art director in movies, years ago. I love history and especially interiors of European great houses and royal palaces. There seems to be very specific things that interest me. I just cannot make a decision!

  • Alicia Page says:

    Scooping litter boxes is up my alley, or, picking up litter. Seems the rich don't care about all of the trash all over the place.

    I pissed off Daytona beach by picking up a substantial amount of litter while their actual paid litter employees watched me. All recorded, they thought it was hilarious. One even gave me money as an insult to mean he thought I was already homeless. They stopped laughing when I artfully arranged litter in front of the tourists so the dead animals rotting would be posed next to the trash.

    Picking up public litter is a fabulous way to make countless enemies. Gonna keep pissing everyone off simultaneously by picking up their trash for free while they watch. Hurting feelings is easy. Watch and learn, I literally never get assistance except from my own children.

    Gonna continue being the world's enemy. I am not your friend. To y'all, already dead.

    Kindly reap the disasters your stupid games have wrought. I'll go play in traffic some more. Seems to be a popular thing to do here in Florida.

    Suicidal and the life insurance policy is supposed to go to psychopaths. People make mistakes.

    Zero forgiveness. Don't waste time asking, won't happen. Kindness has always literally only been used as a weapon against me. Trust is completely gone.

    Murder, I live with mountains of anger. Those with me in their murderous scope have problems far bigger than me.

    Work is something afforded to those who win popularity contests, I learned that long ago.

    Playing in traffic. We all die.

  • Cullen Tashiro says:

    I chose skill. I’m about to take an accounting 201 final. I’m doing better in that class than many others. No two people are exactly the same so this path may not be for every aspie.

  • Aspiring Aspie says:

    A lot of the jobs I've had, have been performance based on speed. They have never lasted that long because speed is a weakness of mine. Part of the speed is due to co ordination.

  • Aspiring Aspie says:

    I have a passion for horticulture and I have skills in orchard work. But I don't last long because I don't know. They're not always completely honest, but alot of it is due to how slow I am.

  • Alfred Traunstein says:

    Des is total Relativ was der Zipfelklatscher verzapft, des was Du kannst, kann eh kein anderer! Es gibt für alles einen Job….

  • bing veloso says:

    Very heplful!

  • Progressor says:

    Great…
    Here I am not really knowing what I'm passioned about, nor what I'm (or could be) skilled at.

  • Kaworu Nagisa says:

    I know I'm very late for the party but thank you so much for this video. And to bust some more myths, IT/programming are far from ideal jobs for an aspie, at least in my experience. 

    First, they're not performance based. They're result based, and in terms of programming these results are set by business/sales and have very little in common with a programmer's actual professional performance. You can make a feature happen basing it on crutches on crutches with some more crutches so you can have your crutches with more crutches. Which has tremendously bad effects on the system as a whole in the long run. But business/sales don't care. They want their feature now and don't give a f that the whole project will collapse in half a year. So a cunning NT who crutches their way through features and then shifts the blame for full system collapse on someone else is much more likely to be recognised and appreciated than an aspie who's trying to do things right.
    Also, the question of "how" matters a lot in the most superficial of ways. A lot of companies, at least those I had to deal with, have "coding styles", "technology stacks", etc. based on what's in fashion rather than what fits their project, and they enforce it on all levels. I won't go into tech details but overall it's done to make code look "pretty" rather than functional and easy to work with.
    And, yes, clocking in and out are always there. No one gives a f if you're more productive at certain times and less at others.

    Second, corporate culture is the same throughout the company and, again, in my experience, programming/IT are treated pretty much the same as sales and are required to have the same social skills. And this is even more evident with system administrators and the like because they have to work with actual people all the time. Not saying that programming is a solitary job, because it most definitely isn't, but a system administrator's actual job is fixing problems for actual people.

  • Dan Andersson anställd says:

    And something one should not say to motivate someone with asperger "See it as a challenge."

  • Mishaa Farooq says:

    What's your job?

  • Dodir Anđela - Intuitivno Otvaranje says:

    Im so gratefull to see you verbalize this things so precisly bsc its exactly how I feel and can not put it in words easily.

  • WinterGirl says:

    Unpacking Crate Guy – I am so this guy. You're lucky because you can spend a small amount of your time doing engineering and have enough to support yourself while you follow your passions because engineering is really well paid. But what about if you were only good at a job that didn't pay well at all? Say, $14 an hour? Then there wouldn't be the option of working a small amount of time; you'd have to work full time and even extra hours just to support yourself, which would leave no time for really getting stuck into your other interests. This is what a lot of Aspies are dealing with these days. Most repetitive jobs are so low-paid, you might as well be doing something you hate for a couple of days a week and then taking the rest of the week off.

  • serge_off says:

    same

  • Miriam Herrada-Greco says:

    Thank you, My son has aspergers syndrome. He is 13 I understand him a little better watching your videos

  • AHR SoccerPerformance says:

    Quite funnily I have aspergers and I was always a shy guy but knew the right things to say and it’s weird but I love being a parrot and doing impressions of people around me.

    Which made me funny enough good at sales and marketing I work in Cold Calling and B2B Sales I also work in sports performance and coaching.

    Mad lifestyle but I have to make it my life I can’t switch off otherwise I do awful!

  • Rapmagic Deleon says:

    Great

  • Milly No offense says:

    I always wished I could work with some kind of organizing or creating schedules or keeping track on other humans schedules and weekly timetables.

    I never worked before, but I hope I can attempt to do it eventually. I got an interview at the airport to encounter and welcome high positioned humans on a special platform at the airport, due to me knowing many languages (my biggest interest is languages and always has been) but the airport is a very stressful environment and I did not manage to travel with public transportation and show up to that interview.

    Internally I knew that it was not anything I would have been okay with. Constant stress and a noisy environment. And I appear rude And unapproachable to most humans even if it is not intentionally, so I would be the worst human to welcome high positioned humans on that special platform.

  • Nunya Buisness says:

    You move like my son. Sorry. I do mean to point it out but not be hurtful. It lightens my heart to hope for my son.

  • Chandler Thornton says:

    anyone else annoyed with how his shirt is uneven 😂

  • Sobeida Lagrange says:

    😎😎😎😊

  • Caroline Chase says:

    Im an Aspie and I work 1:1 with an ASD kid. its very satisfying and I understand these kids, I see results quicker than the neurotypicals do.

  • Rio Collins says:

    I work full time as a support worker for a mixed range of complex needs, yes it can be stressful but also rewarding and the slower pace suits me.

  • Wolf 68 says:

    I'm an aspie and I drive a school bus. Sensory nightmare but the same route everyday is the payoff. Always the same

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