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Bath Employment Support School for Autism 2022

This two-day event is for autistic students and graduates (with or without diagnosis) to get support with the transition from university to work.

  • 19 Oct 2022, 8.30am to 20 Oct 2022, 6.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • Chancellors' Building, University of Bath
  • This event is free
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The Bath Employment Support School for Autism event supports students with the transition from university to work

If you have any questions about this event, please contact bessa@bath.ac.uk

The Bath Employment Support School for Autism (BESSA) is a free two-day event for autistic students or graduates (with or without a diagnosis).

It is open to students and graduates from the University of Bath, as well as other universities and higher education institutions.

BESSA aims to help with the transition from university to a range of opportunities such as:

  • internships
  • placements
  • graduate employment

The event is organised by the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) at the University of Bath, and JP Morgan (JPM).

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.

Event schedule

This event takes place across two days.

Day 1 will take place in the Chancellors' Building, University of Bath, and Day 2 will take place at JP Morgan's Bournemouth Corporate Centre. Transport for Day 2 will leave from and return to our Bath campus.

Day 1: 19 October 2022

Location: Chancellors' Building, University of Bath campus. Students will be based in Room CB 4.8 and company representatives in room CB 3.11.

This is a provisional schedule. Some details and timings may change.

Time Event Details
8:30am - 9am Registration and refreshments Maps and guidance will be provided
9am - 9:10am Welcome and introduction to BESSA We will welcome delegates and outline the plans and objectives for Day 1. Delivered by CAAR
9:10am - 9:25am Autistic and neurodiversity strengths An outline of autistic/neurodiverse strengths. Delivered by CAAR
9:30am - 10:45am Employment skills session 1 Finding the right job and company for you. Includes CV activity. Delivered by Careers Service
10:45am - 11am Tea and coffee break -
11am - 11:25am Disclosure and reasonable adjustments Delivered by AaA
11:30am - 12:25pm Employment skills session 2 Virtual recruitment and interviews. Delivered by Careers Service
12:30pm - 12:45pm Mentoring Delivered by Next Steps
12:45pm - 1pm Networking Delivered by Careers Service
1pm - 2pm Lunch break A catered lunch will be provided. During this time you will be able to network with employers and have your CV reviewed
2pm - 2:30pm Lived experience Talks from 3 autistic individuals
2:35pm - 3:35pm Talks for 4 autism-friendly organisations TBC
3:45pm - 4:15pm Autism @ Work Programme Delivered by JPMorgan
4:15pm - 4:45 Plenary Session Q+A for employers and summary of the key points of Day 1 and preparation for Day 2

Day 2: 20 October 2022

Location: JP Morgan Bournemouth Corporate Centre. Return travel from Bath to Bournemouth is provided.

This is a provisional schedule. Some details and timings may change. Refreshments will be provided on arrival.

Time Event Details
7:30am - 10:00am Travel together from Bath to Bournemouth Specific details will be provided nearer the time.
10:30am - 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.
10:50am - 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 whom 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.
12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch A catered lunch will be provided.
1:15pm - 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.
2:25pm - 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 into 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.
3:15pm - 3:30pm Summary of Day 2 Key messages from the various sessions during the day will be highlighted.
3:30pm - 5:30pm (rough estimate) Travel back to Bath -

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Location

Day 1 of this event will take place in the Chancellors' Building, University of Bath, which is located close to our University of Bath campus. Travel for Day 2 at JP Morgan's Bournemouth Corporate Centre will leave from and return to our campus.


Chancellors' Building University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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