'Sometimes you just need someone to take a chance on you': an internship programme for autistic graduates at Deutsche Bank, UK

Anna Remington*, Elizabeth Pellicano

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    Autistic individuals often face significant challenges to obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment - more so than other disability groups. Work placements appear to be an important step to promote employment outcomes, yet there remains a lack of knowledge about the real-life experiences of those involved in such schemes. This study is the first to take a multi-informant, longitudinal approach to examine corporate work-placement schemes: specifically, an internship for autistic graduates at Deutsche Bank, UK. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with interns, their hiring managers and the colleagues who worked alongside them. Results demonstrated positive, meaningful experiences for the majority of those involved, however, some interns also reported anxiety, difficulties in judging communication and confusion regarding office rules. The current findings contribute to a better understanding of the experiences of skilled autistic individuals in work, and should inform the creation of subsequent programmes aimed to promote employment opportunities for autistic people.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)516-534
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Management and Organization
    Volume25
    Issue number4
    Early online date5 Nov 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

    Keywords

    • autism
    • employment
    • internship
    • outcomes
    • work

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