An autistic man has opened up about what it is like for someone like him to get a job.

George Dobbie of Lyonsdown Road, New Barnet, used to work as a teacher assistant and trained to become a teacher, however, he found he was not suited for the job.

The 32-year-old says being autistic has caused him problems in his job search.

Because he likes everything to be organised and structured he found the idea of working in an unruly classroom virtually impossible.

After leaving education he spent nine months looking elsewhere until he finally landed a job in a call centre with Allianz in Brentford, two years ago.

He now works overtime shifts most of the week, and travels over an hour and a half every day to work, getting up at 5.40am and getting home at 9.45am.

Still he loves his new job and hopes to earn enough money to move out of his parents and buy his own flat.

George says: “You just get used to it I would rather travel to work every day than be stuck at home and not be employed.

“I’m just grateful I got a job and I’m trying to save up enough to get myself a small flat.

“Having autism makes you think about structure and you live within routines and you never want to deviate.

“When I’m around unfamiliar places I start to worry a little bit because I need to know what’s happening.

"For instance i may go to work an hour earlier to get my bearings.

“That’s why I’m really happy that the people I work with who have given me the time when I started.

“I need a little time to get used to the new place and the job.”

George got the interview after being helped by skills company Seetec which works through the government funded Work Choice programme to support people with disabilities.

George spent the next few months training up his skills and interview technique until he finally landed the job at Allianz.