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My son's just graduated. He has autism, and is struggling to find work. Can anyone offer advice?

nazia42 Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited October 4 in Work and employment
Hi, my name is Nazia, I'm a mum to a 22yr old (male)
Who is autistic, hes graduated with 1st class honours in electromechanical engineering, very bright boy, currently looking for employment, unfortunately not been very successful, is there anyone here that could offer some advice? Thankyou 


  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 6,610

    Scope community team

    edited September 30
    Welcome to the community @nazia42 :) It's great to have you with us.

    Wow, a first in electromechanical engineering is very impressive! Entering employment after graduating can be tricky, so he's definitely not alone in having that experience. 

    Scope actually have a few employment services that he might be able to benefit from:
    Additionally, it might be worth looking into reasonable adjustments (Scope) so that he has an idea on what support he may need in the workplace. 

    What kinds of barriers is he facing when looking for employment?

    What kind of employment is he looking for?

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  • nazia42
    nazia42 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Hi Tori, thankyou, a 1st is quite an achievement something i have to give credit to his mentor for, for all the support she provided, she was absolutely amazing.

    Hes really struggling at the moment, current situation of covid really hasn't helped!😔.

    Hes also elective mute which has made things alot more difficult. Hes looking for employment within the engineering sector, possibly a graduate scheme, he was due to start a masters but we've had to defer that again because of covid and the  online learning system, something he found really difficult.
    I was hoping there would be someone here who could help and knew any company that was hiring within the electromechanical engineering sector.
  • Fred2021
    Fred2021 Community Volunteer Adviser Posts: 34 Connected

    Hi @nazia42

    A warm welcome to the community.  It’s great to hear about your son’s fantastic achievement with his degree.  I understand that the transition from Higher Education to employment can be an uncertain time.

    If your son would like to work 1:1 with an Employment Adviser, Scope have free employment services for disabled jobseekers at different stages in their employment journey. Scope’s specialist Employment Advisers are very friendly and provide tailored support with areas including:

    · Searching and applying for suitable jobs in your chosen industry

    · Interview preparation

    · Advice around disability disclosure, requesting reasonable adjustments, and transitioning into a new job.

    More information can be found here:

    Employment Services


    I hope some of this information will be useful to you.  Please let us know how you are getting on, or if there is any further assistance we can provide.

    Community Volunteer Adviser.  I have some expertise in the following subjects, gained through professional settings such as employment and high level education: autism, learning disabilities, employment.


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