What my co-worker at Legend Records already know about me is that I am an apprentice from the WAVE (Work and Volunteer Experience) program at Dovercourt, and that the program is aimed at people with ASD. What I wish they knew about me (the boss of Legend Records may know this, but not all the staff) is that I have Asperger’s Syndrome, which is of course on the Autism spectrum. They must know that this can make it hard for me to register orders and tasks aimed at me unless it is explained as specifically as possible so that I know what is required of me. However, that doesn’t mean I’m slow, of course; I use my knowledge and capabilities to the best of my ability as long as my heart and mind is invested in something and I know what to do. Also, they must remember that it may be hard for me to try to articulate myself at times. Therefore, I need to be able to work with, or work for a person who is patient and understanding, willing to listen to what I have to say, and willing to help me out and give me tips if I am in a jam and I’m unsure of what to do next.
Thankfully, my fellow co-workers at Legend Records are more than willing to help me out if I’m in a jam, and strive to make sure I feel comfortable in their work setting, but I hope to make sure that future employers will get to know about my condition and requirements as well so that they can help me achieve greatness and make great strides in my job while accomplishing the tasks handed to me. I am a dependable, knowledgeable, honest and trustworthy person, but I feel that a good company should be able to recognize that I do have needs and requirements that I am trying my best to improve upon. I do try my best, and I am not one to just give up if I encounter problems or things I don’t understand. I am willing to learn and absorb anything I can.
What it all comes down to is this: recognizing both the strengths and weaknesses of employees and working to make the best of all of it is a key ingredient in maintaining a successful, steady, hard-working and profitable business. Also, everyone has their differences as well as their similarities, varying from person to person and group to group. People of all walks of life share similar experiences to one another, and have unique qualities and stories to share among each other as well. It would be a rather boring world if we were all exactly the same and all had the same mindset and the exact same ideas. People like me who have Asperger’s Syndrome can be rather creative, mentally and artistically, and that goes for everyone else.
- Graham Hackett