Bath Employment Spring School for Autism 2019
If you're an autistic student or graduate (with or without diagnosis), then this event provides support and guidance for the transition from university to work.
The Bath Employment Spring School for Autism (BESSA) is a free two-day event for Autistic students or graduates (with or without a diagnosis). It aims to help with the transition from university to a range of opportunities like internships, placements and graduate employment.
If you're an autistic student or graduate (with or without a diagnosis), you can attend this event where you'll get support and guidance for the transition from university to work.
For an in-depth look at the autism-related workshops and activities we run at Bath, read our case study.
2019 Spring School provisional schedule
17 April 2019 (Day 1)
BESSA Day 1 Schedule, University of Bath 10 West 2.47 University of Bath campus.
|8.30-9.00am||Registration in 10 West outside 2.47||Refreshments will be provided while delegates register for the programme and receive their materials for the day.|
|9.00-9.10am||Welcome and introduction to BESSA||We will welcome delegates and outline the plans and objectives for Day 1.|
|9.10-9.25am||Autism and Employment: Theory and Research||This talk will highlight findings and data from research and theory related to autism and employment, including about some of the issues autistic people may face when looking for work.|
|9.30-10.15am||Employment skills session 1||Run by Bath Career Service, this session will address what autistic people can do to help prepare for employment and for their careers.|
|10.15-10.30am||Tea and coffee break|
|10.30-11.15am||Disclosure: Who, how, when||This session by Bath Career Service will provide information and address issues about disclosing a diagnosis of autism to your employer or potential employers.|
|11.20am-12.20pm||Personal experiences of autistic people within employment||This session will involve autistic people working in different jobs talking 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.|
|12.20-1.00pm||Lunchtime||A catered lunch will be provided.|
|1.00-1.50pm||Employment skills session 2||A session by Bath Career Service about how to prepare applications, CVs, and what to expect at interviews.|
|1.55-2.15pm||Application and interview talk||This session will include a talk by an employee about their application and interview procedures.|
|2.20-2.50pm||Organisations and their environments for autistic people 1||This session will include talks by companies about their policies and work environments for autistic people.|
|2.50-3.10pm||Tea and coffee break|
|3.10-3.40pm||Organisations and their environments for autistic people 2||This session will include talks by companies about their policies and work environments for autistic people.|
|3.45-4.45pm||Employer perspectives about autism by JP Morgan||This session will highlight the views of JP Morgan towards autistic employees, highlighting current initiatives and policies to facilitate the hiring, transition and success of autistic employees at this organisation.|
|4.45-5.00pm||Summary of Day 1 and outline of Day 2 at JPM||This session will highlight key messages from Day 1 of BESSA, and will provide an overview about Day 2 of BESSA at JPM Bournemouth.|
18 April 2019 (Day 2)
Day 2 will take place at the JP Morgan Bournemouth Corporate Centre. Return travel from Bath to Bournemouth is provided.
|7.30-10.00am||Travel together from Bath to Bournemouth||Specific details will be provided nearer the time.|
|10.30-10.45am||Welcome and Introduction to BESSA Day 2||We will welcome all the participants and delegates to BESSA Day 2, outline the plans and objectives for the day. Refreshments will be provided.|
|10.50-11.40am||Site tour||Participants will split into smaller groups and have a tour of the campus including high performance workspace, dining facilities, social areas, atrium and surrounding green environment. The tours will be run by employees of JPM, some of who are autistic, and they will share their experiences of working in the campus environment as part of the tour.|
|11.50am-12.30pm||JPM programmes, roles and job families||Participants will split into smaller applicable groups (to their year of study and discipline) and cover information about the different roles, job families, programmes (graduate, internships and placements) available at JPM and aspects of the interview process for each applicable programme.|
|12.30-1.15pm||Lunchtime||A catered lunch will be provided.|
|1.15-2.15pm||Interview techniques||Participants will split into their smaller groups, observe example mock interviews taking place and have the opportunity to discuss the interview process and feedback as well as discuss example answers and interview techniques.|
|2.25-3.10pm||A day in the life of a JPM employee||Run by JPM autistic employees and a manager of an autistic employee, this session will provide an insight what it is like to work at JPM when you are autistic. The employees will be from different lines of business, performing different roles and at different stages of their career. They will share their experiences on social aspects and team interactions, followed by an interactive question and answer opportunity.|
|3.15-3.45pm||Summary of Day 2||Key messages from the various sessions during the day will be highlighted.|
|4.00-6.00pm (rough estimate)||Travel back to Bath|