Pre-employment support

Looking for Work: a programme for autistic jobseekers

Looking for Work: a workshops programme for autistic jobseekers

AS Mentoring present a fully online pre-employment programme, combining a series of workshops and 1:1 support meetings, for autistic and neurodivergent graduates looking for employment after university.

The programme consists of a series of group workshops and one-to-one sessions delivered by autism-specialist mentors. There will be:

  • 6 x 2-hour live, online group workshops; and
  • 3x 45-minute one-to-one consultations, at the beginning, middle and end of the programme, respectively.

You will receive structured content and workbooks ahead of the workshops, as well as follow-up work after each workshop. The workshop environment will model workplace social expectations, and all workshop sessions will include insights and experience from an autistic contributor.

Where and When

The sessions will be delivered on Zoom, every fortnight. The programme will run from September to December 2022. The timetable and schedule of sessions will be shared with you upon enrollment.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be aged 18 or over to attend this programme.
  • You must either be in /due to begin your final year of study for a higher education level qualification (Level 4 – 9; foundation degree to PhD), or have completed your course of study in the last academic year ie. 2019/2020 or 2020/2021. Evidence of student status/ course completion will be required.
  • You must agree to complete all pre and post- programme evaluation and feedback surveys.

The preliminary format is as follows:

  • Pre-programme 1:1
  • Workshop 1: What are my work options?
  • Workshop 2: Pathways into work
  • Workshop 3: Job-searching
  • Mid-programme 1:1
  • Workshop 4: Sharing my diagnosis
  • Workshop 5: CVs and cover letters
  • Workshop 6: Interview skills
  • End of programme 1:1

The one-to-one meetings

Pre-programme: To meet you and get a sense of what you want to achieve: to establish your personal objectives for the programme; to understand how your particular autism presentation impacts you as an individual; to explore any barriers you may have in accessing the programme; and to agree any adjustments/ strategies that are required.

Mid-programme: A mid-point session to review the personal objectives discussed prior to the start of the programme and to review progress.

End of programme: This will take place  after the end of the programme. This is to check in and see how you’re getting on: to review progress on the action points you will have set yourself in Workshop 6; to discuss how you might overcome any barriers which have arisen; and to signpost/refer you to further support.

Looking for Work: costs and how to apply

THE COST:

There is an associated cost to the programme, the all inclusive price per person is £654.

The costs cover all the contact time with the AS Mentoring Consultants, as well as a wealth of materials, resources and an opportunity for a mock interview and to remain on our job opportunities and internship mailing list.

For self-funding individuals we can allow payments in instalments to make it more accessible.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY:
We understand that this programme cost may feel like a large sum to individuals, and therefore we partner with Autism Forward CIO which fund places for autistic candidates who are suitable for the programme but have no other financial means to pay for it.

Please apply and we can explore this option in your initial meeting if suitable.

Places on this programme are conditional on meeting the following criteria:

  • You must be aged 18 or over to attend this programme.
  • You must be in your final year of study for a higher education level qualification (Level 4 – 9; foundation degree to PhD) or who have completed your course of study within the last academic year i.e. 20/21 or 21/22
  • You must agree to complete all pre and post- programme evaluation and feedback surveys.

Deadline for application is 22/08/2022 and all applications will be processed on a first come/first served basis.  You are advised to apply as soon as you are able to do so.

If you have questions on your eligibility for this programme please email workshops@asmentoring.co.uk

1:1 pre-employment support

Job Finding Session

At AS Mentoring we believe in providing individualised, tailored support for each client. The process of finding, applying for, starting and retaining a job is a complex one, with many barriers which makes the process inaccessible for the people we support.

Our Pre-employment support consists of 1:1 meetings with an experienced employment consultant. To begin with we'll discuss with you your skills, experience and particular interests. Based on these, we'll agree the particular field of employment that will be the focus of your job search. We'll assess with you what areas of the job-finding process you are able to carry out independently, and what we need to concentrate on the sessions.

Common topics include:

  • CV & cover letter preparation
  • Searching for & identifying suitable vacancies (paid or voluntary)
  • Completing and sending applications
  • Preparing for interviews through practice and role-play 
  • Disclosing to employers, and requesting Reasonable Adjustments to the recruitment process
  • Interview support
  • Communication skills
  • Managing anxiety

If you would like to find out more about how AS Mentoring could support you into employment, please use the link below to contact us.

 

"I mostly used my mentoring sessions to support my interpretation of job descriptions and person specifications, and hone responses to questions, and I lost count of the number of positions applied for, both paid and voluntary, and across a variety of sectors.  At my first interview, my mentor was able to sit in, and thus to give me encouraging feedback, building my confidence.  I believe the professional support offered by AS Mentoring was value for money and, although I am not currently using them to help with my current employment, I remain in occasional contact with my mentor and would turn to them again if the need arose."

-Philip

"My son has progressed more than words can express. I contacted David who was so helpful and so knowledgeable. He in turn passed Charlotte's details to us and the rest is history. Charlotte helped my son build his confidence and find work experience in a field he really wanted to get into, the gym. Over the last few years he has developed so much that he is now a Personal Trainer! Thank you for all your help and valuable advice, couldn't have done any of this without you."

-Manjit

"After being diagnosed with AS in a country outside the UK, I was thinking what are the next steps to take and how to go on with my life. I discovered then over Google the website of AS Mentoring (ASM) and contacted them. From there on I have received absolutely outstanding support over Skype as-well-as through face to face sessions. It was this support and the help from all the team at ASM, which supported my decision to move to the UK. Not only were they helping me to find a job but also with day-to-day life questions. Anyone receiving an AS diagnosis and does not know what to do next should definitely contact ASM."

-Anonymous