Övergången från högskola till arbetsliv för personer med autism
Sammanfattning: Many people with autism are excluded from the labour market. Support from social actors through job activities and higher education, have become important for this group when striving for a sustainable working life. Even though an increase in the number of people with autism in higher education has occurred, very little is known about their work outcomes. Therefore, this study aimed to examine what circumstances that prevented and promoted a successful transition from higher education to working life, from the perspectives of four individuals with autism. The study also examined how these four study participants coped with their transition. The interviews were analysed on the basis of thematic analysis. During the study, Schlossberg’s transition theory was used as a theoretical framework. The result highlights that jobs that met the needs of the participants, contributed to their ability to maintain at work. Colleagues and managers also played significant roles, both for having one’s needs respected and for choosing to talk about individual difficulties. On the other hand, negative attitudes from managers, resulted in disappointment and lower self-esteem. The result also shows that the dilemma of finding balance between private issues and work, might have an impact on the transition outcomes.
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