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whale i have autisum. i like helping people finding things or figure things out. #career-choice

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Carina’s Answer

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Hi Gregory,
That's wonderful that you like helping people find things or figure things out. I have two children on the Autism spectrum who love helping people too. My oldest son is working now. He likes working with his hands, but attending school was hard for him. He decided to try a trade school where he can focus on learning how to fix electronics without having to take all of the writing courses. My daughter is still in high school, but she wants to be a social worker when she grows up. She's going to a local community college first so she can take a few classes close to home and still live at home. Large group settings give both of my children anxiety, so attending large university lecture classes will be challenging for them.

If you decide to go to college, check with your school's disability services department, and work closely with an academic advisor. When I was in college, I worked for the disability services department. We provided note-takers, tutors, test proctors, audiobooks, and lots of other services to help students succeed. When I was an academic advisor, I would help my students schedule classes in the same building as much as possible or would help them get into courses with smaller class sizes, so college wasn't so overwhelming.

Ultimately, I'd recommend you start at a small community college where you can explore your interests more freely. When you decide which career field works for you, plan your schedule with lots of breaks in between classes, so it isn't overwhelming. Work closely with professors and support staff and always be honest about your situation so they can help you succeed. You are off to a great start.
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Mary Jane’s Answer

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Hi Gregory,
It's great to see you live in South Carolina, I lived in Inman, near Spartanburg. South Carolina is a great place to live. Since you like helping people there are many opportunities for you.
You first need to explore what makes you happy, do you like sports, reading, video games, shopping, organizing, recreation, or even baby sitting.

I'm sure your guidance counselor or teacher can help you take a Career Interest Survey.

Being in the helping field has so many possibilities from medical to working in a school or library or even in retail, helping people find things. I know you will be successful in what ever area you choose.

Mary Jane recommends the following next steps:

  • Take a Career Interest Survey
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Aicha’s Answer

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Hi Gregory! I would say sit down and figure out what things you are passionate about. For example, you said you like to help people well maybe you could start volunteering at libraries, animal shelters, churches, etc. You will be helping out a lot of people in those places. This will then help you meet other people who could possibly help you with a career choice.

You could also look into some community colleges or universities and start taking classes. You will also have an advisor who will help you in choosing a major. It is ok to not know exactly what you want to do just yet!

I hope this helps, and i wish you the best of luck!
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Kristin’s Answer

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I think the first thing to figure out is if you want to attend college or not. A lot of people will tell you that you need to know what you want to do with your life before you start college, and that is simply not true. College ultimately exists to help students discover who they are and what they are passionate about. In college you will be forced to take courses that cover a broad variety of subjects (your generals), and often it’s taking a general class that peaks your interest or your passion, and helps you figure out what you want to do. There really are two options when it comes to deciding a career path: doing something you’re passionate about, or doing something you KNOW will always have job options (like medicine, business, computers). I cannot tell you which path to take.
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David’s Answer

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Just go with your passion, dedication, and determination to find the career pathway for what you want to do and what you are able to achieve. You can ask around, do some volunteering, internship, community service, shadowing and etc. to help you seek what is right for you and what you can and cannot do or like. Each person has their own thinking and achievement but at the end it is what you want not what other people want you to do. Do what's make you happy and enjoy.
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Katherine’s Answer

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Hi, Gregory!

Helping people find things and figure things out are both really great, important skills that be applied to a variety of jobs. Perhaps you might be interested in a career in communications or journalism?

All the best!
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