It's fair to say that the employment figures in the UK aren't great. I got these statistics from http://autismnow.org/on-the-job/employment-research-and-reports/

68% of people aged 16 to 64 without disabilities work.
24% of people with cognitive disabilities aged 16 to 64 work. In this survey cognitive disability is a very broad category that includes people who say they have difficulty learning, remembering, or concentrating.

So... since I passed an interview to be an Autism Support Worker - despite being completely open about actually having the condition myself, at the interview - I think I might just be allowed to feel a little pleased with myself. Not smug, exactly... although if I DID allow myself the occasional bit of smugness during a moment of spiritual weakness, I probably wouldn't feel too bad about it.

I was up against stiff competition for this job. I know, because I checked the sign-in book when I attended the interview and I saw a lot of other candidates waiting, when I left. (At least, I assume they were candidates as well. They might have been there for entirely different reasons.)

This is the first job interview I've attended since I worked at Glasgow Airport, six years ago. And THAT interview was the first one I attended in... I don't know... a long, long time. It was the first time I had a proper shave in over a year, as opposed to merely picking up an electric shaver and trimming down my stubble. It was the first time I made any attempt to make a shirt look vaguely less crumpled, since I attended a funeral a few months ago. Basically, I suppose, it's the first time I made any real kind of effort at all. Well... unless you count the hen nights, which I take very, very seriously. But the effort involved in those are just par for the course. Nothing particularly special.

It's also the first time I made any real effort to get back into any kind of employment since the car accident put me (temporarily) out of commission, back in 2009.

I think it's fair to say that I've overcome some genuine odds, here. It's late in 2012 and the financial situation isn't great. Rent is overdue and I haven't paid the power bill in months. Things aren't exactly rosey quite yet, but the potential is definitely there for things to get better.

Let's hope those ******* Mayans are wrong, because that would be terrible timing.
TheNakedPoet TheNakedPoet
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3 Responses Dec 3, 2012

Well, it looks like the Mayans were wrong. Hope the job is going well.

We won't find out until tomorrow. But even at midnight, I won't be able to relax. I should do a bit of research on local time zones.

Wow G-Guy..Congrats on this! I think your having the condition and being so honest would make you a valuable asset in a support network....You are a total success story and like Vignette said.....You're one smart man too!! I am wishing you all good luck in this venture!

I think the Mayan guy just got tired of doing the calendar stuff and gave up....... I think 2013 will come gliding on in just like all the rest and then someone can cook up the next doomsday date..... I never get hung up with that stuff cause every single day is and "end time" for someone....I'm just always glad when it isn't me.... :D

Well, that prophecy is generally translated as an apocalypse - or some such nonsense like that. And "apocalypse" used to be defined as a time of change or upheaval, leading to a time of renewal or a new age or something like that. I'm interpreting this very loosely and remembering it very vaguely. So... anyway... perhaps a new job is my own personal apocalypse. Now, that can't be too bad.

Good luck. I really hope things get caught up for you. Times are a bit hard for a lot of us these days.

I can imagine that you might do better working with kids with autism than others since you have lived with a touch of it yourself. It would seem that you would have a better understanding.

Well, it occurred to me that it could go either way. That my condition might make them a little wary of employing me, but also that they could decide that it would give me an added insight into the condition. I think that might be why I was offered the relief position, rather than the full-time one.

You can prove that you will be able to do the full-time one. Once your in, they will see what a benefit you are to them.