Some autistic people turn their special interests into a career path. This way, they can make money from following their passions!
Here are some examples of autistic people who have turned their strengths and interests into successful job and career opportunities.
Depending on their special interests, transforming a passion into a career can be easier for some people than others. For instance, a person with in-depth knowledge of sea creatures may be attracted to further study and job opportunities in the marine biology field. Alternatively, someone with a deep love of Harry Potter books might need to think more broadly with their career path – perhaps as a librarian, a book seller, or a creative writer. There are plenty of university lecturers who specialise in fantasy literature – so don’t count yourself out! Some people even ‘invent’ their own job positions that didn’t previously exist and work for themselves providing a service to others!
For more ideas on how to turn your interests or strengths into a possible future career, check out Adultistic’s article on this topic. Remember that not everyone necessarily wants (or is able) to adapt their special interest into a job, and that’s perfectly acceptable too. Some people prefer to keep their special interest as a hobby that brings them a personal source of joy, without the pressure of having to earn money from it.