An amazing young man on his life’s journey – here is his story!
I graduated the Transition to Life course in the fall of 2017 and throughout 2018 life has been looking for work.
While I was searching for a job, I joined the Ireland House Museum as a volunteer archivist, working with a group one morning per week to catalogue donated items, photos and clothing. I have also been involved in the Autism Job Club in Burlington, meeting with the group every two weeks, where we talk about how to gain and keep employment. I also enjoy spending time with friends, joining in social activities and trying new things is always great!
Last fall I found a job posting for a seasonal sales associate and Mastermind Toy Store. I revised my resume and applied. I landed an interview! With my coach from Integrated Autism Consulting I went to the interview, sat down with the manager and discussed what I was able to do at the store. I disclosed that I am on the autism spectrum and asked about the store policy for inclusive hiring. At the end of the interview, she offered me the job!
In the role of merchandiser I worked at opening boxes and putting toys on the shelves in the store. I was also able to do other tasks such as recycling boxes, assisting co-workers with their work, and a variety of other tasks within my scheduled hours of work. Most of all I helped customers when they approached me for assistance. At the end of my eight weeks of employment the staff members stated that they loved having me as a co-worker at Mastermind. Working at Mastermind was a valuable learning experience.
I am currently looking for another part time position.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me!