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So, it's come up again. My employment specialist feels that there's no chance in hell of ever obtaining even a chance at real employment without a driver's license.

I suppose he's right. Basically every employer posting a position says it's a requirement, even though many of those positions, especially at an entry level, require no driving at all. I face two problems here though: 1. No one has the patience to help me with my driving and 2. I have no way of taking the test let alone paying for it. To my credit, I drive a little four wheeled cycle with an electric motor around town and I seem to do okay with it most of the time.

I also don't seem to 'fit in' in the eyes of most interviewers. At least, that's my experience so far. I've tried to follow up a few times over the last three weeks with my last interview and the person I interviewed with always seems to be in meetings.

Someone even asked me 'Well, what have you got to offer potential employers?'

I can learn my way around almost anything on a computer. Not to mention I rarely screw anything up when it comes to database work (Okay, maybe I had a small inconsistency or two). Ask the people who oversaw my GIS job and they'll tell you I was their top guy when it came to digitizing watershed structures for the county at the time. I wouldn't have a glowing reference from my supervisor otherwise.

Then there's these so-called 'ProveIt' tests that recruiters (That is, staffing agencies) have you take for potential interviews with employers. They were nothing I hadn't seen in my college classes so they weren't all that bad, but what the hell is that supposed to prove? That I know about some obscure function that will likely never be used to begin with?

I've given everything I possibly can and I don't know what the hell else employers want. So I guess I'll just let go of the dream of actual employment, because the world keeps telling me I don't have a chance in hell.

See you around,

Homer

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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

    by Homer177 on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 07:45:53 PM PDT

  •  I've never been formally diagnosed... (8+ / 0-)

    ...but I score high on Aspbergers tests and when I read my first book about it, I recognized a lot of myself in the pages. It is a spectrum and I have learned how to navigate it a lot better than when I was younger. I wish someone had picked up on it earlier though; I think my life's journey might have been a little less rocky if they had.

    "Don't believe everything you think."

    by BobboSphere on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 08:00:08 PM PDT

  •  Figure out how much money you need to go to (7+ / 0-)

    driving school and get your license, and then put up a diary and ask for some help. Others have done this, asked for some help. I don't see why you shouldn't. You've been around here long enough, and have some people who read your diaries like I do who could vouch for you.

    How big is the town/area you are in? What state are you in, if you don't mind me asking?

    •  Sometimes perceptual issues are just too much. (5+ / 0-)

      My boyfriend finally had to accept that he was never going to be able to be a safe driver on the road.

      Rules of the road, fine.

      Perceptual concept of where the car he was in was relative to the lane lines and other cars, not fine. Along with other things, but when keeping the car in the lane requires all the road-attention a driver has that means no road-attention is going to anything else.

      So he lives in a place with really good public transportation now and can do pretty much anything he wants to for himself with just a transit pass.

  •  There is a program (10+ / 0-)

    to help people with Asperger's syndrome get jobs in the computer industry. Several of the large companies are supporting it.

    It has been discovered by others that those with Asperger's tend to make superior coders and programmers. I wish now I had gotten more information on it so I could give it to you.
    Maybe you could locate it with some google searches? I believe it was on the today show if that helps. The segment aired this morning.

    Good luck to you!

    It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

    by PSWaterspirit on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 08:40:19 PM PDT

  •  That is an important question (2+ / 0-)
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    How can you help a business owner make more money?

    Employees are pains in the butt.  Every one, except myself, of course.  The only reason any employer hires anybody is to make more money.  So...how can you contribute?  Find a way and disclose it.

  •  Call the driving schools (3+ / 0-)
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    And ask about taking some driving lessons and then using their car for the driving test.
    I don't know about other places but the two schools where I live both will send an instructor and a car to the DMV for an existing student to take the test. For a cost of course but it was reasonable when my kids did it.

  •  Employment tests are not standard in all (3+ / 0-)
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    industries, so I am curious why you are being funneled into these kinds of situations.  Also, unless a drivers license is required in the execution of a job, what the DOL calls a BFOQ (Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), that you do or don't have a Drivers License cannot be a threshold for employment.  It violates Department of Labor employer regulations for an employer to create a false or unnecessary hiring qualification (requiring, for instance, a Masters Degree or a Bachelors Degree for a Truck Driver or a Cook or a Clerical job, unless it can be proven it is necessary (not simply preferred) to complete the job as described in the job description.

    You might consider looking for work in a non-profit, or for a smaller employer, or a university, or volunteering to do computer work for non-profit or charity so they get to see your skills - those often can become avenues for paid employment, and if you perform well or are well-liked, this often can trump other skills or issues in hiring.  

    Getting your foot in the door, and leveraging that foot to get a leg up (not to torture a metaphor, here) in the hiring process, is often the key to managing real and perceived barriers to getting a job.  

    I worked in senior HR management for a number of years, and was responsible for managing hiring processes, so I am curious about how your employment specialist is helping you.

    Best wishes on your journey.

    "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of these United States of America -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 05:54:01 AM PDT

    •  That employment specialist is questionable... (1+ / 0-)
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      Sounds like he/she isn't really working very hard to help you.

      That aside, here's my suggestion...

      For driving, you need to get out in the country and spend hours and hours and hours on empty roads.

      I have depth perception problems, and it took a LOT of practice to get my license. I'm talking getting out at 4 a.m. on Sunday mornings, going to the farmland east of town, and driving (on dirt and paved roads) until the church-goers started to come out at about 9 a.m., for one whole summer, mid-June to mid-September. That's what it took for me to learn to drive, to get a sense of the size of the vehicle, the width of the road, etc. Fortunately I had a friend who was willing to help me. Probably about 60 hours total before I ever felt confident enough to drive in the city, and practice there for my license. I do drive now, but I also live in a part of the city where public transportation is readily available, because I want a back-up.

      If you can manage a 4 wheel cycle, it's possible that you could also  manage a small car. But that's just my take; you know what your own abilities are.

      BUT are you sure that these jobs don't just require the driver's license as a form of ID--not really for driving purposes? Can't you get a state ID that takes the place of it?

      My bet is that the "employment specialist" is just just looking for an excuse to get you off his/her list of clients, because placing you isn't going to be a simple job.

      Good luck.

  •  "No one has the patience" (1+ / 0-)
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    to help you with your driving?  Do you not have parents?  Are they actually refusing to help you with such an important life skill?  Or did you move away from them with no job?

    The Stars and Bars and the red swastika banner are both offerings to the same barbaric god.

    by amyzex on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 07:12:55 AM PDT

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