Understanding why I can’t function in an office
After losing my last job in 2008, I realized I could not cope in the office world anymore. I stopped trying to function in an office setting. I did not know why I had this problem but I understood that office jobs were not for me. Now that I have the Asperger diagnosis, I have a viable and reasonable explanation for the fact that I cannot work in an office. I know that I have a severe social skills deficit which renders working in an office very difficult if not impossible for me. I stopped blaming myself for the fact that I often failed in the interview process and had a great deal of difficulty both getting and keeping a job. I felt an enormous amount of relief from the diagnosis. I felt that I understood a great deal more about myself since receiving the diagnosis.
Discovering new talents and skills I didn’t know that I have
Photography – I never would have taken up photography as a hobby and tried to turn it into a career choice – if I had not known I have Aspergers.
Re-orienting my career in a more positive directionI am choosing a new career path in writing and photography which is far better for me than the office jobs that I tried to pursue in the past. I gave up on trying to pursue office jobs which play to my weaknesses in social skills instead of my intellectual strengths. Working on a freelance basis in writing and photography is a much better match for my skills and abilities than trying to function in an office.