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The Wonderful World of Work A Workbook for Asperteens

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Book - The Wonderful World of Work A Workbook for Asperteens

by: Jeanette Purkis

About the author:

Jeanette Purkis has a Master's degree in Fine Arts from RMIT University and works for the Australian Public Service as a policy adviser. Jeanette recently received an Excellence Award from the CEO of her department for promoting inclusion and advocating for disability. She is a frequent speaker at autism conferences and she facilitates a support group for women on the autism spectrum. Jeanette has a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. She lives in Canberra, Australia.

ISBN: 978-1-84905-499-7

Year: 2014

Publication Info: 128pp


This hands-on workbook demystifies the world of work in order to help teenagers with Asperger syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) feel confident in their ability to be successful at their studies and get a job.

Each chapter talks the teen through a different element of employment, including the benefits of having a job, why education is important, how to write a resume and succeed at job interviews, and the advantages and disadvantages of autism in the workplace. A variety of different industries and jobs are explored to encourage teens to begin to think about careers that might appeal to them and suit their skills and interests.

Full of practical information, engaging activities, funny illustrations and inspiring personal stories, this book gives Asperteens a positive image of what people on the autism spectrum can achieve and is an essential career guidance aid for parents and teachers working with young adults.



Introduction. 1. Why Should You Go to Work? 2. What Kind of Work Do You Want to Do? 3. Your Own Unique Skills and Attributes – The Best Thing that You Have! 4. School, University, Skills and Work. 5. Getting the Most Out of Employment Services. 6. Working – What’s Involved? And How Do You Get a Job? 7. Get that Job! (Includes CVs, Interviews and Referees). 8. Volunteering – The Giving Keeps on Giving – to You! 9. Different Kinds of Jobs. 10. How to Gain Spectacular Skills for the Workplace. 11. Joy and Elation at Workplace Communication! 12. Ooh, Scary and Exciting! Starting a New Job. 13. Help for Employees on the Autism Spectrum. 14. What in the World is Workplace Relations? 15. Trouble at Work! What Do I Do? 16. Being Brilliant in your Own Business. 17. Getting Ready to Go for It! Glossary. References.



This is a fascinating workbook written with Aspie insight and advice – for Aspies – from an Aspie. Jeanette has thought of everything incorporated in the workforce, with specific activities that draw out the reader’s own personal ambitions, thoughts and future plans. Including her own personal experiences helped cement the foundation of the book. This workbook is a practical, encouraging, unique resource to help steer any Asperteens who are nearly ready or looking for employment.


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