University of Bath

Bath Employment Spring School for Autism

If you're a student diagnosed with autism, you can attend this event where you'll get some support and guidance for the transition from university to work.

31 Jan 20189.00am
1 Feb 20183.00pm
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The Spring School will support students with the transition from university to work

The Bath Employment Spring School for Autism (BESSA) is a free two day event for students on the autism spectrum. It will help you with the transition from university to employment.

At the event, you will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of autism in the workplace. You will also experience a work environment and attend practical sessions on employment.

This event is organised by the University of Bath and JP Morgan.

Apply to attend

You must be a university student or recent university graduate (from any discipline) on the autistic spectrum to apply.

You must apply to attend the Spring School by 1:00pm on Friday 12 January 2018.

Provisional Spring School schedule

31 January 2018 (day one)

Day one will take place at the University of Bath campus.

Time Event Description
9:00-9:15am Registration and tea/coffee Tea, coffee and pastries will be provided while you register and collect your materials for the day.
9:15-9:30am Welcome and introduction We will welcome all the students and delegates and outline the plans and objectives for day one.
9:30-10:20am Autism and employment: Research and theory This talk will highlight findings and data from research and theory related to autism and employment, including about some of the issues for those with autism towards becoming employed and then further about how the strengths and weaknesses in autism relate towards achieving success within employment.
10:30-11:20am Experiences of those with autism in employment This session will involve talks by three or four people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are working or who have worked in different jobs and fields talk about their own personal experiences of employment, highlighting both the strengths and difficulties they have found in their work situations about how they have dealt with them.
11:30am-12:30pm Employment organisations for people with autism This session will include talks by regional organisations with remits towards finding suitable employment for people with autism, who will relay their knowledge and experiences within the field.
12:30-1:00pm Lunchtime A catered lunch will be provided.
1:00-1.50pm Focus groups about employment transition worries and concerns You will split into smaller groups in breakout rooms. Discussions will be led on topics about your worries and concerns towards gaining employment in the first place, and being employed as part of a company.
2:00-3:45pm Employment skills talks by University of Bath Careers Service In this session, you will learn what you can do to help prepare for employment and careers. We will discuss issues about disclosing diagnosis, and aspects about applications, CV’s, references, and what to expect at interviews.
3:45-4:00pm Tea and coffee break
4:00-4:50pm Employer perspectives about autism by JP Morgan This session will highlight the views of JP Morgan towards employees with autism, highlighting current initiatives and policies to facilitate the hiring, transition and success of employees with autism at this organisation. This session will lead into day two which will take place at JP Morgan facilities and include more practical and applied sessions within an office and work environment.
5:00-5:15pm Summary of day one An overview of the key messages and issues that emerged.

1 February 2018 (day two)

Day two will take place at the JP Morgan Bournemouth campus. Coach travel from the University of Bath campus to Bournemouth University (and return) is provided.

Time Event Description
10:30-10:45am Welcome and introduction to day two We will outline the plans and objectives for the day and refreshments will be provided.
10:45-11:30am Site tour You will split into smaller groups and have a tour of the campus including high performance workspace, dining facilities, social areas, innovation space and surrounding green environment. The tours will be run by employees of JPM, some of who have ASD, and the employees will share their experiences of working in the campus environment as part of the tour.
11:30am-12:15pm Overview of JP Morgan Autism at Work programme This session will include a talk by JPM’s Global Lead of Autism at Work programme. In this role, he oversees the programme to identify roles for which people on the autism spectrum would add high value, as well as develop candidate pipelines and ensure best practices for ongoing support. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the importance of having people on the autism spectrum work at JPM.
12:30-1:30pm Lunchtime A catered lunch will be provided
1:30-2.15pm Practical problem solving challenges You will split into smaller groups and will work together to solve a predefined practical problem.
2:30-3:15pm A day in the life of JP Morgan employee This session will be given by JP Morgan employees with ASD on what it is like for them working at JPM. The employees will be from different lines of business, performing different roles and at different stages of their career. You will get an insight into what it is like to work at JP Morgan with ASD. The session will include a talk from up to three employees, including sharing their experiences on social aspects and team interactions, followed by an interactive question and answer opportunity.
3:15-3:30pm Summary of day two Key messages and issues that emerged during talks and discussion will be discussed. Refreshments will be provided.
3:30pm Leave