Thursday, March 18, 2010

Information technology tends to appeal to people with Asperger's syndrome

I saw a story popup on MSN or AOL about Asperger’s Syndrome in the workplace, and how a candidate with Asperger’s should handle interviews. I couldn’t get the story to re-appearm but I think it is this story by becca Spjute at Career Advice, link here.

The attributes of some people with Asperger’s Syndrome – exactitude in reasoning, and detailed long term memories, can look great in resumes, but can come across poorly in interviews. The person may not seem to “get real” to the interviewer, partly because of a mismatch in social relevance and eye contact. People with Asperger’s often do not process things quickly in interactions or conversations. They may seem like a large computer application that takes a long term to load. They may see some social exchanges as gratuitous, infringing or unwelcome.

I suppose some people with Asperger's might present themselves online differently, with much more detail about esoteric subject matter.

Another link is at Healthmad, here.

The issue has become more timely because recently Asperger’s has been reclassified officially as part of autism spectrum disorders.

CBS 60 Minutes recently reported that the failure of the subprime mortgage mechanism was discovered by and the “credit default swap” was invented in part by a physician with Asperger’s who had left medicine over discomfort with patients and who preferred to work on computers.

People with Asperger’s often do like to work in information technology and programming as individual contributors, and might have picked up programming at young ages. There are cases where software professionals have younger siblings with full blown autism.

There can be more issues today for Asperger's in the workplace even in I,T., because more jobs, relatively speaking, require customer interface than in the past, partly because of the outsourcing

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