How can I help myself to be more employable?

The main piece of advice that I would give to other people with autism is try to get experience that is as wide as possible to gain awareness and see what field you would fit in to

Luke – Civil Service Intern

Find a mentor: This is someone you trust who you can ask for advice regarding how you best demonstrate your skills and abilities to people who might employ you. A mentor is someone who knows you well and wants to help you grow your career. The best mentors aren’t necessarily friends or family (although they may become friends over time) as they need to be able to advise you without some of the emotions that some of those you’re closest to might have. Examples could be a former colleague, someone who supported you at school or college, or perhaps a friend of the family

Be yourself: You want to find work that allows you to be relaxed and comfortable. You also don’t want to have to pretend to be something you’re not, as having to do this for long is bad for both your mental and sometimes your physical health.

Be happy to talk about your hobbies: Your experiences and what you enjoy outside of work may have given you skills which you can use at work. Be proud of your interests and hobbies. If people are amused by your passion, that is a good thing – and remember to be yourself!

Research different types of jobs: Go online and read and watch videos about different types of jobs. Talk to other people who do that job already. This can help you to understand what you want to do and just as importantly what you don’t want to do. The National Careers Service has information about a wide variety of careers and jobs.

Research different companies and industries: As well as deciding the type of work you want to do, you also need to decide what type of company or sector you want to do it for. Size of organisation and the sector a company operates in can create very different jobs. For example, you could decide you want to work in accounts because you love spreadsheets and the fact that maths is very logical. There are lots of different types of accountin