Young people on the autism spectrum are capable of amazing things, including work and establishing a career. Developing potential career possibilities and finding first work experiences needs to begin early, while teens are in high school, because work-based learning during school lead to better employment outcomes later in life.
This easy-to-use guide helps parents and teens begin to explore pathways to employment. Working together, this guide can be used to create a Work Experience Plan.
Benefits of work experience include opportunities to:
• Explore job preferences and potential career pathways
• Build confidence
• Learn job skills
• Practice ‘soft skills’ in a work environment
• Gain experiences that can be included in a portfolio and on a resume
• Develop job contacts
The guide uses the language of parents and teens but it is a useful resource useful for anyone interested in supporting someone early employment experiences.