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Every autistic person and their autistic traits are unique. The truth is, autism has no “look” or even one set of traits, strengths, or struggles. At auticon, our team members have broad and diverse interests – including as technology experts – and we are respected for it.
Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at auticon UK and that starts with our recruitment process, which has been designed to make our autistic candidates feel comfortable that they can be their authentic selves. We work together with the applicant throughout our 4-step recruitment framework to make sure it is working for them. Our aim is that they are able to demonstrate their skills and capabilities and that they feel like the process itself has been a positive experience. Our recruitment process is a vital part of the initial work we do with consultants to understand what support we can give then to enable them to succeed at work. Understanding their individuality helps us place them in work environments suited to their strengths and informs us as to the adjustments that employers may need to make to ensure the consultant thrives.
Step 1 - A short application form on our careers page.
You will be asked to upload a CV and answer some quick questions about how you learned about auticon, your working preferences, your right to work in the UK and if you have a formal autism diagnosis. This is our first check to ensure you have relevant qualifications / experience and if you meet our criteria as a social enterprise.
Step 2 – Cognitive and Technical Skills Assessments
We need to determine proficiency with different tools and skills in order to match them to our client requirements. For this we conduct cognitive and technical assessments which are carried out virtually. These are not “tests” but a means of evaluating talent in various domains. These assessments help us further understand strengths and support needs to optimise future work environments and projects for our employees.
Step 3 – Virtual conversations
This step is as much for the applicant as it is for us. auticon’s success is only possible when our consultants feel understood and supported. Applicants will have informal virtual conversations with our technical and job-coach team members, who all have many years of experience working in the autism community. Their goal is to learn who you are, what you are passionate about, and the type of environment you need to thrive. They are also ready to answer questions you may have about auticon and our support model. We use these conversations to better understand applicants’ technical skills, strengths, reasonable adjustments and what supports they may benefit from if they join our team.
Step 4 –In-person Conversations:
Most of our recruitment process is virtual but we feel it is important to meet in person before starting to work together. This is an opportunity to meet the broader auticon team at one of our office locations and discuss any outstanding questions you may have. Our operations team will also provide some more practical details on starting employment with auticon.
Once candidates have completed the process our team will provide feedback. If successful we will then begin the process of identifying consultancy opportunities with our clients. Our job is to find the perfect match, sometimes this is immediate and sometimes it can take time, however auticon encourages consultants to take advantage of this time to continue development and can advise on good resources for upskilling.
auticon is more than a job – it’s a community.
We would love to hear from you. If you don’t have a CV or didn’t see a job opening that is right for you – you’re welcome to use the form on the right to contact us. Upload a video or MP3 file, share your story and be creative. We understand that there are non-traditional ways to apply for a job and now is your chance.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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At University, Sarah felt understood and supported. However, after finishing her Ph.D., she found it hard to find a job; “Much of it was down to not knowing how to transfer my skills from my degree into a workplace setting. Job adverts for entry-level jobs were often worded in a way that asked for several years of experience as a requirement.”
Her pre-diagnosis experience had been draining; “I was in a job which required me to mask all day long, learning a script to cope with all the communications and interactions, and suppressing my sensory needs. It eventually led to burnout and having to leave the job.”
The adjustments Sarah now has in the workplace greatly increased her energy levels and reduced her anxiety, allowing her to be happier, cope with daily life tasks, and enjoy her free time. Working with auticon’s job coaches has helped Sarah develop coping mechanisms and identify her anxiety and potential burnout behaviors. The accepting community at auticon is also a significant factor, as it frees her from having to mask.
“I would also add that working in this understanding and supportive climate has helped me with my confidence and assertiveness,” She adds.
Most of our autistic team members are hired out of 2 years of unemployment and the value that a career adds to their life is significant. Our belief is that long-term employment can improve the lives of autistic adults, creating personal autonomy, enhanced job skills, and increased personal confidence.
By asking annual survey questions of our autistic consultants, we measure how our efforts have collectively contributed to sustainable change. Evidence shows that our employees experience significant improvements in self esteem, autonomy, and the development of valuable new professional skills.