Overview of Career Transition for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in University: Impact of Career Self-efficacy (Session 5C)
Main Topic: Employment
Session Type: Paper
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong disability. Young children and adults with high-functioning ASD are those with good intellectual ability, despite having had ASD traits. Many young adults with high-functioning ASD are enrolled in the university as they have good intellectual ability to excel academically. Despite the intellectual advantage that they have, the transition to work remains challenging for many of them. However, supports for the transition to work in the university are sparse, particularly supports which are focusing on the specific needs of this population of young adults. One perspective that we sought to put forward in this paper is the importance of providing supports in building career self-efficacy among this population of young adults in the universities. Self-appraisal, occupational performance, goal selection, planning, and problem-solving are amongst the key components of career self-efficacy that the support services that focus on ease their transition to work. This conceptual paper discusses career issues faced by people with ASD as well as the aspects of career self-efficacy related to young adults with ASD. A career self-efficacy model is put forward for the conceptualization of supporting young adults with ASD in the universities in the transition to work.
At the end of this session, participants will:
- Understanding the employment issues experienced by the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) workers
- Potential of ASD workers
- Importance of career self-efficacy for people with ASD
- A career self-efficacy model for the conceptualization of supporting people with ASD in the universities in the transition to work.
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Career Transition, Career Self-efficacy
Mr. Mohd Syazwan ZainalUniversiti Sains Malaysia - Student
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Mr. Mohd Syazwan is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He has experience as a special education teacher for almost 7 years and currently pursuing his studies at the Ph.D. level at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. Currently, his research is related to career transitions among people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He also has been invited internationally to a series of workshops and conferences related to career transition. Often involved in giving talks related to career transitions among people with disabilities, he has successfully published several articles related to people with disabilities. Before he continued his Ph.D., he also experienced in conducting lectures related to career transition & employment among people with disabilities for the undergraduate and postgraduate program.