Man wearing different outfits to personify different careers

Focus on the big picture in transition planning: Career interests

Middle years
Senior years

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For students on the autism spectrum, thinking about their special interests is an important first step in career exploration and transition planning.

Starting early with transition planning and considering students’ interests in planning helps to:

  • reduce anxiety about what comes after school 
  • improve transition outcomes.

This practice provides opportunities for students to:

  • explore career interests based on the school subjects they enjoy
  • explore career interests through research activities 
  • present their research findings in different formats.

This practice will help students to

explore career interests

connect with the real world

develop research and presentation skills

This practice will help teachers to

promote big-picture thinking

promote career exploration

help with transition planning

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This practice is from the core research project