Have you ever noticed how everyone has a different skill or talent? No two people will look at the same blank piece of paper and produce an identical masterpiece. I might write an essay and you might make a paper plane. Our world works the way it does because humanity is made up of people with different skills, knowledge, passions, and desires. This is important to remember when entering the workforce: We are all not cut out to do every job. Each person has a certain job that works best for them.

So what is best for YOU? Let’s take a look at some different ways to find the best place for you in the workforce.

Understand Personality to Understand Skills & Strengths

When it comes time to find what jobs showcase your strengths, think personality. As said earlier, you are wired to have certain things that you are so passionate about, but learning what type of personality you have with help you even more! One way to learn more about your personality type is to take a free test. There are four main elements when it comes to personality, according to the Myers-Briggs Test. Discover your personality type below by choosing one word from each question. Together, the letters will give you your personality. Or take a test here to help you identify yourself better.

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Now that you have a handle on your personality, you can find what type of jobs you should pursue. See the list below to find some examples of job matches for each personality type.

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Work is supposed to be enjoyable. After all, you spend each day doing your job, so you should be doing something you love. If you match your personality with a job description, you will be jumping out of bed at the sound of your alarm every morning!

Make a List of Priorities

Some things to consider when looking for a job include location, salary, commute, work environment, benefits, and your career goals. Create a list of what matters to you most. Lists will look different from person to person. You may want to avoid the train at all costs and I may want to have a supportive team of people.

Think about what types of things are overwhelming to you: what over-stimulates you? If the subway could lead to a meltdown, put transportation higher on your list. If you do not want to work in an office because of possible sensory disruptions, think about that while making your priority list.

Remember that it is hard to satisfy all your priorities. As The Rolling Stones say, “You can’t always get what you want.” We certainly want lots of things, but obtaining each thing is pretty difficult. Once you have decided what is most important to you, list the jobs that compliment your top priorities.

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Research and “Network” to Find Out More

Now that you have narrowed down which jobs satisfy your personality and desires, you can utilize tools to find out how those jobs really are. How?

The internet is a great place to find testimonials, general information about an industry, and much more. Simply, do your research.

Look for people like you. There are many people in the world who have entered the workforce with autism. Find their success stories and follow their paths. Also, as part of your research, find companies that have a great history of implementing workplace accommodations. Here is a list of some companies to help you with this step.

The World Wide Web is certainly powerful, but what about the web of human connection? You have family, friends, teachers, coaches, and mentors who all have unique professional experiences. They know firsthand about the highs and lows of work life, and they also know you better than anyone! Use these connections to enhance your job hunting experience.

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Keeping these things in mind, you are bound to find the right job for you. Think of who you are, what matters to you, and what information you have found. Job hunting is tough but with these three steps, working can be fun and successful for you. We only live once, so let’s choose a job that makes us happy!

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