Motivation and Well being

Like everyone else, autistic people are subject to the effects of the job market and the economy, but research shows that they are likely to suffer unemployment at a higher rate than non-autistic people. This imbalance in employment rate could be due to a general lack of knowledge about autism in the wider community and the way that employment recruitment is carried out today.

As a result of the higher rate of unemployment amongst autistic people, it is likely that they will have more periods in further and higher education and a more varied career path than those who are not autistic. This varied career path can include, periods of self-employment, periods of volunteering, jobs at a lower rate of pay than previous posts, jobs and roles that are different in nature from those the person would usually do (e.g. administrative work and gardening), part-time working and periods of unemployment.

This type of work pattern can be stressful for anyone, but it is likely to be more stressful for those who dislike coping with disorganisation.

Looking for paid work can be time consuming and take a lot of effort, energy and emotional investment. It is important to be aware of your well being whilst you go through this process.

Below are some links to some places where you can access information about maintaining your well being when looking for or when in employment.

Click here to see some points to think about

For many people, well being can be difficult to measure. It’s often useful to make a list of indicators that will help you measure your well being.

For example:

  • your physical energy level
  • the type of thoughts you are having

If you would like further information about any of the above, or would like to know more about what support is available to you, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss this with you.

You can also visit our Useful Links and Documents page to find further information about autism and employment.