The workforce in British Columbia and the rest of the world has changed tremendously over the last two decades. The rise of the Internet with the corresponding development of technology and devices that harness this connectivity has a large part to play in this change, as well as some progressive government policies to get more people into work. However, people on the autism spectrum remain relatively underemployed, with an estimated 40,000 autistic individuals across the province who are unemployed or in employment that does not match their skills and abilities.
Fortunately, the job market is now beginning to recognize the talents and benefits that come from hiring autistic individuals; international to small corporations have started specific initiatives focused on hiring people on the autism spectrum. With this change, autistic individuals can be more optimistic about employment opportunities. Why not make 2021 the year to move your career forward as more workplaces become autism-friendly?
Turning the dream into a reality
While having the goal of gainful employment is a worthy target, people on the autism spectrum still face an uphill battle to get a job. The application and hiring process favour neurotypical individuals, and there are misconceptions associated with autism that make companies hesitant of hiring autistic applicants.
This is where turning to an autism-specific employment service such as Orbital can really boost the chances of successful employment. Some of the ways that Orbital can help an autistic individual achieve their goal include:
- Determining your strengths to identify career options
- Preparing you with professional business retention skills
- Finding the right job with the right employer
- Assisting with your resume and cover letter
- Preparing you for the interview
- Preparing and supporting the hiring company to ensure autism-friendly practices are deployed throughout the hiring and selection process. For example, the traditional interview does not play into the strengths of many people on the autism spectrum. Orbital collaborates with prospective employers to create situation/task-based interview processes that allow autistic individuals to demonstrate what they are truly capable of.
Signing up with an autism employment service like Orbital can make a significant difference in getting a job. Successful and meaningful employment is a permanent step towards greater independence and making the world a more inclusive place for everyone.