A man with autism secured floods of job offers after he posted a letter to LinkedIn expressing his dreams of working in animation.
Ryan Lowry, 19, from Virginia, was looking for his first job after graduating high school and wanted to be open and honest about being autistic.
The young man believes that acknowledging his own strengths and weaknesses is only fair when pursuing his dream career.
In the interest of being open with potential employers, Ryan decided to write a handwritten cover letter to post on the popular careers platform, LinkedIn.
“I realize that someone like you will have to take a chance on me, I don’t learn like typical people do,” Ryan wrote.
“I would need a mentor to teach me, but I learn quickly, once you explain it, I get it. I promise that if you hire me and teach me, you’ll be glad that you did. I will show up every day, do what you tell me to do, and work really hard.”
The heartfelt and honest letter got people’s attention.
The young man has already received many job offers, potential mentors, and people who want to network with him since the letter was posted last month.
His mum, Tracey said: "I’m in awe and never thought this would happen over one written letter.
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“I’m overwhelmed with joy for Ryan and for it opening a whole topic of conversation among employers to helping people other than Ryan.”
With many options to consider, Ryan is leaning towards the offer from Exceptional Minds that would put him on a three-year program designed to teach people with autism about animation.
Many people have taken to LinkedIn to show support for Ryan and the conversation he has started around employment for adults with autism.
According to research from Learning Disability Today, only 32% of autistic adults are in some kind of paid employment in the UK.
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