Top Tips for Transition to Work

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Dear my younger #ActuallyAutistic self,

I’m writing from 2018. 20 years on from when you went for your autism diagnosis. You always knew you were different, but now you’ll know for sure. It will take a while to fully understand.

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School to Work Transitions for Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

It is very important we start preparing students for post school options. A great starting point is getting teenagers involved in volunteer work. The school holidays are a great time to volunteer, checkout the volunteer websites as they have many options available. Jeanette Purkis has written a fantastic book The Wonderful World of Work and has kindly written a tip sheet for this Newsletter.

1. Start the conversation around employment with the young person early. Ideally, this should happen when they are 13 to 15 years old. That way, the transition from education to work will be less scary and unpredictable.

2. Ascertain the young person’s anxieties around working and address them. Once again, the earlier this happens, the better.

3. Focus on the young person’s potential and strengths rather than their problems and deficits.

4. Work on building the young person’s sense of self-esteem and self-worth.

5. Education is very important in terms of success in the workplace. Try not to view education as a trajectory from school to university to professional job. Instead, see it as a journey, encourage the young person throughout their education journey, whatever they decide to study.

6. Help the young person find a mentor. A good candidate might be an employed person with ASD that the young person admires and/or enjoys spending time with.

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Check out Jeanette’s Tip Sheet: Success in Employment – Tips for Asperteens – download free on

Recommended Resource

The Wonderful World of Work

By Jeanette Purkis

Full of practical information, engaging activities, fun illustrations and inspiring personal stories, this hands-on workbook demystifies the world of work in order to help teenagers with ASD feel confident in their ability to be successful at their studies and get a job and encourages them to think about careers that might suit their skills and interests.

More information about The Wonderful World of Work here


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