Building a Career (Not Just a Job!) Toolkit
Building off of our Getting a Job Toolkit, we want to get into building a career. It's important to focus on increasing employment, and it's equally important if not more to think about the longevity of work and continued employment.
It should be up to each individual whether they are more interested in seeking out jobs that pay the bills and support other activities or a career that could in theory take center stage in their life.
We get into the common misconceptions held around building a career - believe us, there's a lot of 'Have a Career' articles centered around neurotypical norms in the workplace - and how you can carve your own path and career, just the way you would like.In this toolkit, we cover/include:
- Common Career Misconceptions
- Common Tips You'll Hear About Careers
- Building a Career Self-Assessment
- Building a Support Network
- Building on Your Strengths
- Finding a Workplace That Is Right For You
- Finding Individualized Support
- Becoming a Supervisor or Leader In Your Workplace
Who Is This For?
This toolkit is for autistic advocates as they build their careers. Other members of the autism community can benefit from getting on the same page on this particular topic.
In whatever role(s) you occupy, you can use this guide to support your knowledge on the topic, share information with others in your support networks, and use this guide in discussions about locating appropriate resources.
Each individual is in a different place and can benefit from learning about ideas and ways to support or seek support.
About the Lifespan Toolbox
The Lifespan Toolbox is a collection of toolkits for everyone in the autism community from self-advocates, family members, professionals, and other members of the community to get on the same page about autism and lifespan.
We span topics all over the lifespan, specifically thinking about the adulthood years (the longest span of our lives!) and how we can all work together to support the autistic person/people in our lives and community.
Research and reported experiences from autistic individuals show a need to receive individualized support regarding life skills and to be connected with others. That’s where the Lifespan Toolbox comes in!
- We have a growing library of toolkits and are adding to it on a biweekly basis. There are numerous topics to cover here!
Up to Date Resources
- Isn’t it frustrating to finally find a resource and discover that it’s from 2011? We keep ours updated with news, research, and feedback from the ASD community.
- Each toolkit page has an interactive webpage with active links and videos. You can also download the PDF which has ample space for taking notes.