Entries by Sharon Didrichsen

Forbes Article with Specialisterne Founder Thorkil Sonne: This Visionary may completely disrupt the tech industry as we know it

  ‘Utilize a “variance-widening” approach, in which companies actively hire individuals with “differences” (abilities or qualities the company doesn’t currently have). Hire unusual people; assess their skills carefully so you know what capabilities you have to work with. Keep the connection to short-term job needs loose, with the assumption that job requirements will continually evolve. […]

Starting the New Year with the Young Foundation

  Specialisterne NI is excited to start the New Year with the support of the Young Foundation, as one of 14 social ventures selected to be part of the N Ireland Accelerator programme. The Amplify NI Scaling Accelerator is an innovation support programme to rapidly accelerate the growth of new solutions to social problems in Northern […]

What I learned about Social Communication in 2015

Last year I loosened my attachment to the spoken word, which may sound unusual for someone who coaches in social communication. People tend to assume that the words they speak are received. I have had the opportunity to observe that this does not always happen. My interest in communication took shape when I studied languages […]

Interviewing Applicants with Social Communication Difference

  We are delighted to have both Recruitment Consultants and internal recruiters enrolling on our ‘Interviewing Applicants with Social Communication Difference’ morning workshop on 29 January. We coach participants in how to spot talent and manage an interview situation when you believe the candidate has the skills for the job, but it may not be […]

What does Lego have to do with getting a job?

Today at the end of another Lego Assessment Day at Specialisterne NI’s office at Skainos, Belfast, I am again struck by the difference that using a work-like scenario such as building Lego Mindstorms in groups of two, makes to the Assessment process. A recruiter for over 10 years I have used interview techniques and references […]

The Final Flagship Event of DCAL Creativity Month considers the talents of people on the Autistic Spectrum for Digital Content and Film/Video Production roles

Keynote Speaker: Channel 4’s Adam Gee: Multi Platform Specialist, speaking on ‘Born Risky’: how Channel 4 sets about being risky and pushing the diversity envelope and how its worked for Channel 4 changing people’s perception of diversity. NOTE: April is World Autism Awareness Month and this year’s theme is Employment the Autism Advantage Arts Council […]

Farry supports those on the Autistic Spectrum into work through Software Testers’ Academy

April is World Autism Awareness Month and 2015’s theme is ‘Autism: the employment advantage’. This month also marks the start of new careers in Software Testing for four participants of the 2014/15 Software Testers’ Academy who are on the Autistic Spectrum, and who recently celebrated their success in securing job roles with leading IT Sector employers […]