We have reached the end of The Asperger’s Effect series and whilst I decided against doing a day in the life in the video, I wanted to end this series by looking upon some of the positive reassurances I have had with Asperger’s Syndrome and how this has helped me both professionally and personally.
Knockbacks. We have all been knocked back in one way or another whether that is a job application or having a bad day. I’m lucky to have an excellent support network around me who have picked me up when I have had low points in my life. Having that positive reassurance in which everything will be okay has been such an important part in my life as I continue my quest for my first graduate job.
There are times where completely out of the blue where I can have a mental breakdown. It’s important to remember that with Aspies, our emotions can be felt so powerfully that it can be very difficult to read how we can be feeling. I am not looking for self-pity but it’s often that certain circumstances beyond our control lead to me having unexpected mental breakdowns.
Although I am much better at controlling my emotions than I was as a child, its having that positive reassurance from friends, industry peers and networks that has put me in the position I am today. Who would have thought that I had graduated with an Bachelor of Arts Upper Second Class Honours degree from Birmingham City University in Media and Communication (Journalism)? I had the belief to do it but its having those low points that toughen you up for the workplace that drive you to succeed.
It’s also making changes that will help you to succeed in your career and give you the positive reassurance that you can do it. As I am a Freelance Journalist, it is important to remember that I not only do that as one occupation, but a multitude of other things such as data visualisation, YouTube and so much more! Think of me not just as a Journalist, but a brand marketing himself as a product to companies and agencies.
One final note to anyone who has Asperger’s Syndrome, embrace you for who you are, not what others perceive you to be as an emotionless robot. Be open about being an Aspie and never let it define who you are. There are amazing people around you who are friends and work colleagues who will help you on your path to your dream job. Don’t suffer in silence, embrace Asperger’s as your superpower!
I also want to say thank you to everyone who has followed The Asperger’s Effect series and has been enlightened and educated on the challenges Aspies like me face on a daily basis. Without your support, this would have not been possible to write five meaningful articles over the past six-to-seven weeks. Your positive reassurance has spurred me on to create the content I produce today.