At some point in our lives, we’re all familiar with the feeling of being stuck. And for the 85% of Autistic people unemployed, that struggle is all too prevalent.
One reason people can’t progress in life is that they can’t find work or training programs that match their skills, abilities, and preferences. Others of us can feel stuck with our lack of social skills and an inability to take the next step.
But it’s our creativity that drives us to progress in life and make a difference. Creative people tend to be more emotionally sensitive and more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. As a result, making the transition from everyday life to a creative career can seem like a great deal to undertake.
Here are some creative careers for autistic people that will give you a sense of purpose and drive you toward success.
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The benefits of creative people in general are well-documented, but autistic people have unique gifts as well. Here’s why you should consider a creative career or field of study if you’re on the autism spectrum:
Autistic individuals often have difficulty reading non-verbal cues, which can make them seem unfriendly or distant. In reality, they may just not be the best at this skill.
But for many creative autistic people this is a myth, since empathy is often learned through life experiences of growing up neurodivergent. There’s more to understanding others than eye contact and active listening.
If you’re autistic and try to read body language or facial expressions, you’ll find it easier to empathize with others and understand their needs better. If you’ve never tried this before, you may be surprised by how much it helps.
Creative people often feel isolated—they don’t always know how to connect with others socially. However, they often have a unique set of interests, which can help them form connections with others who share their interests. If you’re autistic, this is probably one of the first things you’ll notice about the people around you—and it can be very motivating.
It’s assumed that autistic children and adults alike often struggle to follow instructions and can become overwhelmed with too much information. However, with creativity in autism, this isn’t necessarily the case.
Autistic children and adults are often able to engage in creative thinking, think outside the box, and come up with creative solutions that others may not have thought of before. This divergent thinking gives them an advantage in many creative fields and can help them succeed.
Creative minds tend to have more attention focus than most people. This comes from their ability to focus on detail and think about multiple things simultaneously. This attentional focus helps them solve problems efficiently and find innovative solutions.
It also helps them with their individual skills and interests. So when they find something that really excites them, they tend to focus on it even more. Creative careers need focus and concentration because it’s tough to feel excited about something if you can’t pay attention to it.
Individuals with autism tend to have better memory recall than most people. This can make them especially good at remembering facts or details that they need for their work or hobbies. As an architect, having a good memory can be useful to remember the characteristics of building materials and how they can be combined.
This may also help autistic people remember personal details like names and other identifying information that they need for their work or personal life. Suppose your job requires you to communicate frequently with other people, such as an accountant writing up an invoice for you – your memory may help you remember their names over time!
People on the autism spectrum actually tend to be more focused than most people! This may come from their inability to filter out distractions that others might take in too quickly. But it also comes from their ability to concentrate on one thing at a time for longer periods of time. Combined with their creativity, this can have similar attention-focused benefits for creative careers, such as writing or editing online content.
People with autism can have a high ability to perceive emotions. This may be why they’re attracted to art therapy, music therapy or dance therapy to help others.
For example, they may notice how a friend’s sadness feels different from his happiness; or how different sounds affect them differently. Autistic people may even prefer not to feel emotion directly—which makes music therapy or dance therapy especially beneficial for them!
Let’s explore some creative careers that would be a good fit for individuals with autism who are looking for a fulfilling and successful occupation. We’ve already discussed the positive impact that creativity can have on autistic individuals in the workplace, and now it’s time to consider some specific careers.
Visual arts careers for autistic people provide a way for them to express themselves creatively and see it come together into something tangible. These careers often require specialized equipment or materials that don’t match up with typical job openings. But there are always exceptions! As long as your skills match what employers are looking for, there is hope for a career in visual arts!
For example, if you’re a creative person who enjoys the technical side of things, then filmmaking may be the perfect career for you! Whether you’re creating commercials, movies or documentaries, you’ll have to find ways to tell stories visually, edit footage and choose the right equipment. All of these tasks require creativity and technical skills—which are both skills that autistic people often have.
Autistic people are often good at writing, which is a type of visual art. Even if a job posting doesn’t mention it, employers still appreciate good writing skills. There are many different types of writing careers that you can pursue as an autistic person—from journalism to fiction writing and poetry.
Some jobs require knowledge about writing styles used in different cultures, but there are also many writing jobs where employers value good writing regardless of cultural biases! Even if your work doesn’t have an exact name, finding jobs is much easier than learning new skills—so keep trying!
If you’re an autistic person who enjoys writing, you can pursue a career as a web content writer, copywriter or even as a freelance writer! All of these jobs involve creativity, problem-solving and attention to detail—all of which are skills that autistic people have. Plus, they offer more freedom and flexibility than many jobs out there, allowing you to work from home or in a variety of locations.
Music can be an extremely powerful way for an autistic person to express himself creatively—especially music therapy and music composition. Both fields require advanced skills in music theory and composition – which is what makes these fields so attractive to autistic people who want jobs that allow them to use their creativity without limits!
Of course, becoming an accomplished composer or musician requires years of practice. So unless you have established connections in these fields already, finding a job won’t be easy! But if you love music and have thought about pursuing music as a career at some point in your life? Then you should definitely consider doing so!
A great music career for those looking to avoid the limelight is teaching music. You can find work as a music teacher either in person or through virtual classes. This job is perfect for those who are looking to share their knowledge and help others.
Autistic individuals may prefer design to painting, as it allows for easier expression of creativity. Design is considered a visual art form that can offer more accessibility for expression than other forms such as drawing or painting.
Design jobs go beyond just designing. There are also jobs for web designers who use HTML5 to create websites, graphic designers who make logos and other designs, and interior designers who create furniture and décor for indoor spaces.
If you enjoy designing things that others will enjoy using (whether its clothes or cars), then design could be a good fit for you! Just make sure your portfolio shows off your best designs first, so employers get a clearer idea of what kind of designer you are!
When choosing a creative career, it’s essential to stay true to yourself and find a job that allows you to express your creativity in ways that bring you joy. So, follow your passion and prioritize your happiness! As an autistic person, there are plenty of options open for you—so why not explore them?
If you’re interested in pursuing a creative career as an autistic person but aren’t sure where to begin, consider taking these steps first:
What kind of work do you like? What kind of things do other people say when they talk about what you do?
Try thinking beyond your own unique interests. What would make a great job? Imagine being able to solve problems with technology used by other industries? Finding your passion might take some time—but it will definitely help when looking for creative jobs!
The more creative work you put out there for people to look at, the better job opportunities you’ll have! If you’re interested in pursuing design work, try designing something for someone else—then they can model your work. If you’re interested in writing, start a blog or a collection of short stories that other people could read. You never know who might be interested in hiring you if you build a great portfolio!
What do you need to get started? For web design, do you need software to learn HTML5? What about Photoshop or Illustrator? Do you need a special computer to open up .PSD files? Is there a community of people learning what you’re trying to learn? Find out what resources you need and how to access them!
How do you go about finding opportunities? Do you check your email every day, hoping to find a job offer? Do you check online jobs sites daily? Do you check the newspapers regularly? Try using all the different sources mentioned above to see if any of them work better than others!
When looking into your options, don’t underestimate the power of networking! A lot of people don’t think of this as a necessity, but it’s actually one of the most important things that you can do to find a job. Networking with other autistic people can help you find great jobs for people on the spectrum and everyone else.
As mentioned earlier, learning new skills takes time. Taking classes at a local college or university is a good way to improve your skills as a designer or writer. It can help you gain experience in your field.
To become a music therapist or composer, you can take classes at a local school or online through a community college or university. Take classes that teach how to use the skills that employers may be looking for, and practice until you get good at it!
Starting your creative career as an autistic person can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! With the right resources and support, you can make your dreams a reality.
Find out what you’re interested in and good at, create a collection of your best work, and seek out help and tools to improve your abilities. Network with other autistic people in similar fields, and take classes or get training to help you develop your skills.
With a little bit of effort and dedication, you can find the perfect job for your creative abilities!
Last Updated on May 31, 2023 by Neurodadversity
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