For 40 years Jacqui’s Asperger’s Disorder went undiagnosed. Life was difficult. She worked diligently as a business analyst and project manager but keeping a job down was hard; relationships tougher still.
But diagnosis of her condition has at last given Jacqui access to some of the extra support she requires – including Pure Employment – and she is now back in work.
‘People with Asperger’s can make great employees’, said Jacqui. ‘After all, some traits like attention to detail are important in many jobs. Others may require a little understanding from employers, that’s all.
‘For example I’m not comfortable in some social situations. I don’t really do office banter or after work drinks. I’d rather just get on with my job and that doesn’t seem a bad thing. I know that it can make me seem stand-offish though.
‘Before I was referred to Pure I’d been unemployed for seven months and also had a period of homelessness. It was a real low point in my life.
‘Pure helped me write a new CV and built my confidence through things like mock interviews. Then they helped me find vacancies with good employers and encouraged me to apply.
‘I was so pleased when I was offered a job with the disability charity Breakthrough. Pure helped me all along the way which was great after all those years struggling on my own.’