Re-Thinking Career Guidance for People on the Autism Spectrum

February 8, 2021
Hosted by Marie Zimenoff

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Early diagnoses and services beginning in grade school have made post-secondary education possible for many more individuals on the autism spectrum. Yet even those who earn degrees struggle to find employment. In this episode of Career Confidante Radio, host Marie Zimenoff welcomes Barbara Bissonnette. Since 2006 Barbara has specialized in career development coaching for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles. She will share how standard assessments and protocols do not account for the unique challenges of these individuals. Marie and Barbara will discuss how, in addition to exploring interests and abilities, it is critical to understand how Asperger’s Syndrome/autism impacts a particular person and the type of work environment that will be most conducive to his or her success. If you or someone you know could use resources on career development, job search strategies, and more for individuals on the autism spectrum, listen in!

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Marie Zimenoff

Marie Zimenoff

Marie Zimenoff, president of A Strategic Advantage, has guided thousands of job seekers to Get Focused, Get Found, and Get Hired. She provides practical tools, fresh perspectives, proven strategies, and structured coaching for professionals who struggle with promoting themselves. She guides leaders in gaining the skills, confidence, and network they need to grow as leaders and advance their careers in today’s de-jobbing economy.

As a thought leader in the career industry, Marie has mentored and trained career professionals and been selected as a speaker for national career conferences and pre-conference programs. Job seekers, company leaders, and career professionals know that when Marie presents, they can count on gaining valuable information and walking away with tools they can use today.

Marie holds a Master’s Degree in counseling and career development and the industry’s top certifications in career coaching, leadership coaching, branding, and resume writing. She has served as president of The National Resume Writer’s Association and the Colorado Career Development Association. She is also a facilitator and district coordinator for the Rotary Leadership Institute for Rotary International District 5440.

Marie is a career expert for Yahoo! Education, a contributor to career industry books and journals, and an expert source for BusinessNewsDaily, major professional association publications, and local newspaper and radio media nationwide.

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Episode Directory

February 2021

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