A young man with autism releases his career book

Julie Goldschmidt, 25, autistic, works as a marketing assistant at Unilever and aims to be a diverse ambassador for the company.

Julie Goldschmidt, 25, autistic, works as a marketing assistant at Unilever and aims to be a diverse ambassador for the company. Photo: Taba Benedict

More than 20 years ago, doctors told Julie Goldschmidt’s parents that their daughter would never walk or talk. “In two months, my parents noticed a strange movement in my eyes. I was examined by a neurologist, who suspected a seizure. I was hospitalized and had an MRI of the skull. During the exam, I had a heart-respiratory attack that they were able to reverse immediately. The radiologist saw the images and said I probably wouldn’t be able to walk or talk. My dad told me he started crying at that moment,” says the young woman in the book she just released, incompleteby Maquinaria Editorial.

Parents were the first to believe in the possibilities of their daughter, providing her with the necessary help for her development. Jolie always had small questions that psychiatrists and neurologists of the time could not collect and fit into the patient’s diagnosis. autism spectrum disorder. Until the age of 15, a psychiatrist requested a specific evaluation with a neuropsychiatrist, and through this test it was possible to verify that certain points were appropriate,” says his father, Mauro Goldschmidt.

With the correct diagnosis, the parents began to adapt her routine. “Previously, she had many additional classes to develop an upbringing that she could not follow in school. We adapted these classes to what was really needed and, accordingly, life became calmer,” recalls his mother, Daphne Goldschmidt.

But school wasn’t easy for other reasons too, Julie states: “At school, no one wanted to play or talk to me. I felt invisible. I had a lonely childhood, as did another student with a disability too. She can barely read and write. I had lunch alone on vacation. No one seems to have noticed my presence.”

To her, dolls and books were her best friends. “For Julie, this diagnosis did not affect her emotions. For us parents, the discovery was a relief. Then we had an understanding of our reality. It helped us look for ways to deal with these issues, and it gave us direction to adapt Julie’s needs to what she really needs, Both in the pedagogical curriculum and in personal matters,” emphasized Daphne and Mauro Goldschmidt.

The daughter studied at the regular school, learned two languages ​​and developed. in this book incomplete, Julie talks about her path and remembers the challenges of entering the job market. Once, the young woman gave two interviews in a company: “Then the manager told me that he would see if there was a vacancy. I was so angry and went to cry in the car,” she says. Her mother consoled her: “I said, ‘Julie, this is real life. “We always tried to show her what real life is like and don’t protect her too much.”

Think larger

After the father saw the suffering of his daughter, he offered her a job, but she wanted to be in a big company. On May 13, 2019, Jolie started working for the multinational company Unilever. “People greeted me, smiled, talked to me and made themselves available to help me with everything I needed. It was the first week of integrating. I met new people, started drinking coffee and even had lunch with them. For the first time, I had the opportunity to take a lunch box and have lunch with two friends that I did in the days My first in the company,” says the marketing assistant.

But there was a behind the scenes before this arrival: Julie made a guide for her co-workers. “I’ve made a ‘map’ of how I work: working 4 hours, having coffee and that I need things to be clear,” he says.

Like some people who have teaJulie has trouble dealing with situations that suddenly change her routine, such as postponing meetings or waiting too long for something to happen. “That day, I was really upset when the meeting was late.”

Before starting work at Unilever, Julie Goldchmit, author of

Before starting work at Unilever, “Imperfects” author Julie Goldchmit created a kind of guide, with tips for colleagues and other employees on how to handle it. Photo: Taba Benedict

In 2019, Unilever launched a global commitment to become a reference for professionals with disabilities by 2025. The 2021 training program is planned to be fully accessible, and for the first time has been able to reach 5% of people with disabilities in a given class. According to IBGE, more than 17 million people over 2 years old live together loss in Brazil.

In October 2021, a International Labour Organization (ILO) and Ministry of Public Labor MPT launched the Labor Market Inclusion Guide. Julie intends to become an analyst and be a cause ambassador for Unilever. “For people with disabilities, I say they will also find a place, no matter what. It may take longer, but we are finding our place.” The young woman wants to show that integrating professionals with autism is a win-win for companies and society.

Book cover

book cover of “Imperfects” by Julie Goldschmidt; The post tells the story of a 15-year-old autistic girl who now works for Unilever. Photo: editing machines

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