Why It’s Hard To Keep A Job When You Have Asperger’s | I’m Not a Robot

You chat with your coworkers. People compliment your work. You might miss a few things, but you’re doing such a good job that they forgive you for it. People help you when you can’t do something.

For a while, you’re golden.

Then it gets harder.

As the work piles on, you start making mistakes. You lose something. You send a poorly-worded email. You realize that everyone is working faster than you are.

The multitasking is killing you. You ask your supervisor for help. You’ve been asking her that a lot by the way.

You start calling in sick. You need to sleep. You might even fall asleep at work. When people aren’t avoiding you, they look vaguely concerned about you. You look sick.

You say the wrong thing to a very wrong person.

Or maybe it’s just a ton of little mistakes that just keep adding up.

You might quit due to exhaustion. A lot of us work for a while and then not, going through phases of high hopes and then complete fucking burnout.

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5 thoughts on “Why It’s Hard To Keep A Job When You Have Asperger’s | I’m Not a Robot

  1. I’m 48 year old man. In exactly same boat. Diagnosis 4 weeks ago. One career down chute. 2nd just about to be. Off sick. Knackered. Posts here very helpful.

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    1. FireBrightStarSoul April 4, 2018 — 12:47

      ❤️ sending you lots of love and support.


  2. The thing is to get the job that is right for you. I can’t work with people or multitask either, and when I tried jobs in which I was supposed to do one of the above, I failed so badly and got fired in just a few days.

    I need a job in which there’s very limited communication with people and doing one thing only, every day the same thing. I found a job just like that in doing surveys over the phone. I just do the survey, nothing else. I don’t see those people face to face. I read from a script. I’m one of their best workers, and my supervisor tells me this constantly.

    There are jobs where aspies struggle horribly, and some we excel in. There are right and wrong jobs for aspies.

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  3. Hi there !
    I’m female, 51 & was only diagnosed 6x months ago.
    I ‘discovered’ Autistic-Burnout a couple of weeks ago, & realise it has been such a big part of my life, & unfortunately is right where I’m at now (again !) too !
    Thank-you for sharing your experience. It really helps to know that you are not alone.
    Sending love, keep sharing. 👍

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    1. FireBrightStarSoul March 21, 2018 — 06:56

      Hi Caroline,

      I am 44, same boat. When I first heard those words it was like that light bulb went off in my head. I’m still trying to recover from it. ❤️


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