I made the call to work from home back in 2018. When I told my mom that’s what I wanted to do due to my anxiety being around crowds, I had trouble getting her to support it. In 2018 around November, my mom said when it warmed up, she would take me to Burlington and Marshal’s to talk to the manager about giving me a job. I told her I just cannot do it. I am too anxious being around people. I tried telling her I felt so much better working from home. She said I ‘look fine’ when I am in public.
So what does an anxious person suppost to look like? Breathing in a paper bag? You shouldn’t assume that someone is fine because they ‘look’ ok. Not everything has a look. She wouldn’t accept it because I won’t be socializing. This is one thing autistic people suck at so why try to push them to do something you know is hard for them? If I want to be a freelancer I have to talk to whoever wants me to write something for them. It will be via e-mail or DM. I still have to talk but it beats face-to-face. I told her the stress of a job will be too much for me and I am tired of my hair falling out and having to keep cutting it and she gets mad.
I suck at soiclizing. I can’t go a month without saying something that upsets someone to save my life. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to talk to anyone ever.
If I got a dollar everytime I wasn’t on par with someone, I’d be rich.
We went to target and my mom asked one of the ladies if they hired people on the spectrum.
I took this as my mom would not back down. She could have just been curious. Also remember just because a company hires autistic people doesn’t mean they will be placed properly and treated right. Let’s say they hired me and gave me fewer hours than a NT. Doesn’t garentee they will be kept long.
Let’s take Walmart. As an example. This is just an example. They hire autistic people but what they don’t tell you is autistic employees are paid less, aren’t kept at the job no longer than 3 months, improperly placed, hopped from depratment to departmet, does not cater to their senory needs, inconsistant scheduling. We need predicatbility because it helps us function better.
If you’re an autistic adult and you had a hard time at Walmart or any other retail store, you can submit your story.
Now about the Target thing. I had a mini-meltdown saying ‘my mom won’t accept that I wanna work from home.’ When she told the lady she wants me socializing. I also said ‘they don’t want me.’ Because I felt I was put in a situation when I wasn’t ready. Also I wasn’t lying I applied and they turned me down. I just wanted it to stop.
We stuck at socilizing. Pushing us to do something we’re bad at is not a good idea.
I want my mom to look passed ‘you can stalk shelves’
- irregular schedules will confuse me
- being around loads of people a day will surely make me anxious
- given 5 instructions at once will be difficult
- having to do the job how someone else wants me over the way that i can understand
- constantly being moved from department to department etc.
- Fast-paced settings
- being called to the cashier if they are understaffed.
After that my mom told me to go to the car, that’s when I made this video here.
I made the call back in 2018 to work from home. You will see more about that soon.
I think even if I didn’t have anxiety, it will be close to impossible to even get an interview if employers see the only thing I did (helping out at a Jazz Band fest for the band) was back in 2012 and 2013. A gap that large would surely make employers think twice.
I wouldn’t be able to get hired even if I didn’t have mental illness. The only difference is I would not be able to file for disability.
Most if not all jobs, hop your schedule around. Which would make me lose benefits I would have gotten with disability.
Now a days by the time you hit your 20s it’s nearly impossible to get a job due to little/no experience. It all depends on the employers in your area. We need to accept that the job market is not the same now as it was 10 years ago.
And there is no contact with the teachers I had for Concert Band. They both left that school. They left after I advanced to the next grade. They would have no memory of what I did at this point. The potiental employer would call them for a reference.
I would have to put their name and number down on the application which is no longer avaliable.
Working from home, I can always work around things that happen vs a normal job. If I have a Dr’s appointment, I can work around those working from home. On a regular job, I’ll have to call off. Retail is unpredictable. They change your schedule a lot. Let’s say I thought I would have that day off, they change it on me, etc. That will be too overwhelming having to keep moving appointments.
I get a lot of headaches when the weather changes. I can call it a day and lay down working from home. I suppose my mom thinks I can walk off the job and lay down in the car if I get a bad headache on a regular job. I tried to explain the benefits I’d have working from home in this case.
I can work whenever as long as the clients get their articles in time.
My mom likes to throw in my face how I am not a kid anymore and need to make my own choices but wouldn’t support this one. I want my limitations and hurddles to be respected, not brushed off. Not disregarded.
I am implying how hard I had it being around folks that don’t understand autism and our sensory needs.
Interviews make me terribly anxious. The interviewer can mistake it with me being on drugs. You read that right. Remember the stigma that surrounds autism and mental illness.
If I want to be a Freelance Writer, I can simply e-mail clients or they e-mail me. No interviews. They can acutally see my work. If they reject it they simply don’t see eye to eye with my style. Jobs don’t even give you a chance or you don’t get to show your qualites before they reject you.
I personally feel showing your qualites should judge if you are right for the job instead of a peice of paper and interviews.
I am terrible at answering questions but that should not be a judgment on my work ethic.
Someone can suck at interviews but be the best asset to your company.
Someone can suck at interviews but be the best worker you ever had.
The difference between YouTube and a ‘real’ job I can block the trolls and haters. I can’t block people in real life.
I can set my own schedule and adjust accoringly. Scheduling is a issue for students with jobs; the employer can schedule them when they have class or after school clubs/sports.
Because of my need for doctor’s appointments this is why I chose to work from home. Employers don’t allot enough sick days and even if they did I can’t use them all for appointments.
Another thing ‘at will’ laws where they can fire you for no reason. Literally. Another reason to work from home. If you’re fired like that. You’re on the verge of homelessness and that jerk who fired you just lined his bank account with more money.
You have control over your website. Let’s pretend I had ads on my channel on YouTube. If my channel gets demonetized I can go on Twitter and say ‘hey this happened to my channel, you can still pruchase my services via my website/blog.’
If I lose a regular job there is no telling when/if I will find another. NOTHING is peaches and cream. NO job is safe, Just like YouTube can delete your channel at any time, your boss can fire you whenever they want.
My mom was more concerned about what she wanted than my mental health.
I don’t want to seem like I am blaming her but how can you be a team if the other person’s head isn’t in the game? I see us as a team. I don’t see a team if she cannot come to an agreement with my working from home. I also want to aim at something I know I have a future in vs a job that could be gone years from now.
Conclusion- AN anxiety brain does a lot to you. Because she would not let retail go, I was given the impression that she would not support my work from home just because I won’t be talking face-to-face. If a client apporches me I will talk to them via e-mail. Face-to-face isn’t the only way to socilize. Sometimes I hate socilizing because my ways are always misread by the other party. In one of my blog posts, I explained how I sometimes had trouble getting my mom to respect my challenges in the past. To me, I was merely venting. To someone else, I was helpless and holding my mom accountable. To be fair they were making judgements when they don’t know what happens beyond what I wrote in the blog post. The point is, they got a different impression than what I intended to give.
I can barely handle being in large crowds for 10 min how can you expect me to work at a place for 4/5 hours? The difference is buying food I only have to do it every 2 weeks and I can pick when I need to go. On a job I would be going almost every day and I will have zero control over when I come in.
I chose working from home because it’s better for my mental health, it’s flexiable,, I can work around my frequent headaches and appointments etc.
I am doing what’s best for me. Only I am in my head. I want to do something positve for myself. Blogging abouot autism, fighting against the poor treatment autistics get is a positve change for the community.