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14 Dec 2007, 11:04 pm

Working crew for McDonald's
and Deli peon for Wal-Mart.

These two jobs at the same time
are a night TERROR!! !



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16 Dec 2007, 2:45 am

con artist :D



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17 Dec 2007, 2:54 pm

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Tourist guide
Stand-up comedian
King or Queen (if you can call that a job !)


I did speech and debate in high school (just the speech part though!) and there was one tournament with some unusual events. One of them was a speech to entertain, and it was a 5 minute speech where all you had to do was be entertaining. It was really popular and a ton of people competed in it. I read five minutes of a story I'd written for a class, and won that event by a landslide. Everybody was cracking up. Ironically, I have horrible social anxiety and can't have a 5-minute conversation with somebody I don't know let alone be funny while doing so. It's all about preparation and knowing what I'm doing before I do it. I really liked speech and I miss doing it. I'd be a professor if I didn't have to answer questions and get caught off guard!

Anyway, along with telemarketing/telesales, phone surveys. I did that for a day and had a panic attack and had to quit. It was horrible.

Jobs that I'd never be able to do:

+ DJ/MC/etc
+ stripper (naked onstage, fine. DANCING??? no way)
+ sales (I've done customer service, which is not that hard because it's answering questions, but sales, where you HAVE to SELL things... not so much)
+ golf ball diver (yes, it's a real occupation. Diving in pitch-dark, dangerous waters where you have to find golf-balls by touch and you get paid by the ball... Oi. I've heard of divers getting attacked by alligators in Florida)

If you think my list of jobs I can't do is weird, you should see the list of jobs I HAVE done. I think I'm on my 18th or 19th job and I'm turning 23 next week.



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17 Dec 2007, 4:47 pm

most customer service jobs
most media jobs
(portrait photographer, videographer/interviewer)
I did well as a digital artist but work politics put me out of the job.

public relations ( I can't belive I did try this one)
most multitasking jobs, including administrative jobs.
I also tried interior design but it's imposible with my social anxiety.

the job I did the best was at a large kitchen working with international students. these kids were as lost as I was.

today I'm undecided to either go for a drafting degree or an MA in philosophy. I've always been good at logic, specially symbolic logic. That's why I'm good at drafting.
but again, I'm afraid that working at a company is not the best thing for me. I don't play politics and freelancing requires good social skills.
I think that the most money I'll ever make will come from some investments I made in real estate a few years ago.
I don't see a great career in my future, nonetheless my long term plan is to have a vineyard and make wine
you don't need social skills to sell wine.



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21 Dec 2007, 6:48 pm

I agree with fast foo and wally world ---------------but----------------- The worst Job for AS ---- Casino



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21 Dec 2007, 7:32 pm

the worst job for an aspir is set at an individual basis. It depends on your prsonality and tempeerament.


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22 Dec 2007, 1:39 am

I have to politely disagree with a few of the postings I've seen.

I was a pizza delivery guy and did quite well at it. Occasionally I would forget something but so did everybody else, and you only have to deal with customers for a minute or two at a time rather then all the time like a waiter/waitress does.

It might not be the same for everybody, but I can picture maps very easily in my head, and my city has a grid system which also helps. Picturing maps in my head is one of my strong points though.

I had a job as a 411 operator for a short time, and I admit that I wasn't always good with speaking with people but I was great at finding places. After hearing addresses from a certain city for awhile, I could actually somewhat draw up a map of the city in my head. This was the case with the city of Detroit in particualar, somewhere I've never been. I did have a problem with understanding accents sometimes, especially rural Missouri accents.



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22 Dec 2007, 1:45 am

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1)I can't get a girlfriend/boyfriend, and have little experience with the opposite sex
2)I can't get a job, I don't know what I would be good at and
3)I have no friends, I can't seem to make any.
It gets really depressing when you see the same threads in one form or another, over and over. It is very rare for someone here to talk about having success in relationships, overcoming barriers to get a job they enjoy, or successfully branch out and gain new friends who accept them.


At first I had problems with relationships, but I've also had quite a few successful relationships. I admit that I have a hard time initiating conversation so it was usually the girl who first talked to me. I still get nervous and awkward, and people I've dated have noticed it, but it has happened quite easily for me.

I wish I had better luck with jobs though. I just lost another one. The best luck that I did have was working for UPS sorting packages for 2 1/2 years. I was only able to do it for that long because I was part time though.

I was also good at delivering pizza, but had problems with their insurance company so I couldn't drive for them anymore.



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23 Dec 2007, 12:53 am

I've had jobs in retail, customer service, and reception, and I had mixed feelings about them.

Being perfectly honest, they were very stressful for me and I didn't enjoy them.

However, they improved my social skills so drastically, I think they were great for me! I think everyone here can at least improve their issues, if not eliminate them completely. But you have to expect it to be hard work, and sometimes painful or embarrassing. Nothing in life is easy! For anybody!

I relate to the person who mentioned that all we hear is negative stuff here. I'm going to try not to be like that - because I decided a few years ago the only direction I am moving in life is FORWARD. I may always have trouble with certain things but that doesn't mean I'm not going to try my best to improve them. And I will drag as many of you forward with me as I can.

There are no jobs that I think I "can't" do. There are only jobs that I will need to put in extra work and energy to do as well at as most people. On the flip side of the coin, there are many jobs out there that I excel at (like the one I have now) simply due to my personality traits.

At any rate, I don't think that Asperger's relieves any of us of our need and responsibility for personal growth.



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23 Dec 2007, 10:06 am

There are some jobs I can't do but plenty of others I can do. It's not giving up the fight to understand our personal limitations - it's being realistic.

All I can think of with regard to the people who are happy and personally successful aspies not posting here so much is they probably simply do not have time to. They have full lives already and might also not feel the need to vent or seek support on a forum like this.


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26 Dec 2007, 1:23 pm

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I think its a little from column a and a little from column b. I had a job which involved telesales. It vastly improved my confidence AND gave me a mental breakdown.


Same with me. I guess maybe it's not such a bad idea to get a job for awhile in a field that helps one develop interpersonal skills, but it does seem like we're more prone to burnout then the average person.



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26 Dec 2007, 7:57 pm

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I think its a little from column a and a little from column b. I had a job which involved telesales. It vastly improved my confidence AND gave me a mental breakdown.


Same with me. I guess maybe it's not such a bad idea to get a job for awhile in a field that helps one develop interpersonal skills, but it does seem like we're more prone to burnout then the average person.

True, and true. I had a couple jobs that required a lot of interaction with the public. I either got fired, or burned out and quit, but they were still very valuable experiences. They taught me about myself, and about other people, often the hard way.



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27 Dec 2007, 10:27 pm

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Knife salesman for Vector Marketing/Cutco. (I almost ended up doing this, but quit on my first day.)


Wow...I had this job and I also quit, but only a few hours after I was hired. After I thought it through it was obvious how lame the job would be. And also, I have a friend with asperger's who did this job for a couple months. 8O



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27 Dec 2007, 10:39 pm

vandelay wrote:
Aspie1 wrote:
Knife salesman for Vector Marketing/Cutco. (I almost ended up doing this, but quit on my first day.)


Wow...I had this job and I also quit, but only a few hours after I was hired. After I thought it through it was obvious how lame the job would be. And also, I have a friend with asperger's who did this job for a couple months. 8O


What did you guys have to do that was so lame? Speak in front of an audience?


McDonald's stinks. Burger King stinks. They are equal in my sight. :wall: :scratch: :shrug:



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29 Dec 2007, 8:01 am

vandelay wrote:
Aspie1 wrote:
Knife salesman for Vector Marketing/Cutco. (I almost ended up doing this, but quit on my first day.)


Wow...I had this job and I also quit, but only a few hours after I was hired. After I thought it through it was obvious how lame the job would be. And also, I have a friend with asperger's who did this job for a couple months. 8O


I'd like to warn people about this company.

If you research Vector Marketing/Cutco online, you will find a lot of unsavory things about them.

Here's a good link.

I sent in an application a couple of years ago when I really needed a job, not knowing what it was. The ads really don't tell you much besides "Sales, no experience necessary, call today!" They called me less than 20 minutes after I submitted the online application. They wanted to interview me that same day, and told me it would take 2-3 hours. I thought this was a little weird. I agreed to an interview the next day, hung up, and did some research for the interview.

I found out I would be selling $700 knife sets door to door, and it would be necessary to buy a starter set out of my own pocket, as well as attend two or three full days of unpaid training. Needless to say, I bailed on the interview. I got off easy compared to most people.

They called me several times over the next couple of weeks (I never picked up, I let it go to voicemail), leaving me messages asking me to please call back and reschedule the interview. It sounds like a lot of people sign on, buy the starter kit, and bail out after a couple weeks, out their time and their money.



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30 Dec 2007, 12:20 am

thought of one just the other day - Morning Zoo DJ. I get embarrassed just listening to them...;)