Getting a job
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The rocky road to work
Finding work was a little tricky. I mean I was with a disability employment service but I also had to search myself, so I went cold calling. This means I went to businesses and companies handing out my resume.
It took a lot of time, and a lot of paper but eventually a man from a small café in the Blue Mountains accepted my resume and I started working as a dish monkey( a guy who washes dishes).
Just after a month of working there the employment service said they had a job lined up for me at Woolworths. So apparently I had to give up my job at the café and work there.
I was there for 3 years, which was okay but I could never advocate about my autism, the employment service wouldn’t help me out. As the 3rd year came to pass I was told that the employment service had lined up an interview for me with a small internet stream company.
This is where things started to go horribly wrong. Yes this was a job in the field that I had dreamed of, but my boss did not have any understanding of my condition. When the job started, I felt I was thrown into roles you should never put someone on the spectrum.
I was filming boxing matches, on the edge of the stage, under a strobe light, blood and sweat being thrown at me, whilst being hassled by drunken buffoons.
After an event I would rather not talk about I left the small business without saying a word, I was too distraught.
It wasn’t until I met Temple Grandin that things started to turn around for me, during a Pathways to Employment expo, I expressed my concern about finding work and I showed her my portfolio.
Nova employment was so impressed by my initiative that they asked me if I wanted to switch service providers, best decision! I eagerly said yes. Nova helped me find employment with Aspect and here I am!
Watch this video to hear more about Thomas's road to work