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Finding Your ADHD Friendly Job

Doing what you are interested in, what you are good at and being governed by your strengths can lead to career fulfillment.

Related Resources
• Choosing an ADHD Friendly Career
• ADHD and the Workplace

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• Important Skills for the Workplace
• Alternative Work Options

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• Career Choices and ADD
• Career for ADD Explorers

ADD is different in each person, so what may seem like a great ADD Friendly job to you, may be a disaster for another individual with ADD. There are some common complaints of adults with ADD, including time management problems and organization. However, some adults with ADD have compensated by structuring their day and are extremely organized. Many people have asked what specific jobs are best for individuals with ADHD, but each person is unique and ADD brings out different strengths and weaknesses in each person. Every industry also provides a wide array of jobs so that for any interest, a job can be found. While an engineer with ADD might find it to be boring and tedious working in a large office, he might do well as an independent contractor where each job he undertakes is new and refreshing. So, how do you determine what job is best for you?

Understand that this is a process and will not be completed in a day or a week. It may take a month or longer. Your goal is to find a career that suits your lifestyle, your personality and your interests. Buy a notebook to keep all of your notes as you will refer to them in order to determine in which direction your career should go. Take as much time to work on the following steps as you need.

1) Write an interest inventory. Start with as many items as you want. List all of your interests and likes. A list might look something like this:

Likes:
Reading Books
Talking with people
Spectator Sports, especially basketball
Swimming
Internet
Web Site Development
Health Care
Solving Problems

Dislikes:
Answering phones
Paperwork
Large crowds
Early mornings
Working with numbers
Tedious projects
Public Speaking

Add to the list as you think of more interests and dislikes. Put a check next to the interests that sound really exciting to you and a check next to the dislikes that you really detest.

2) Write a work experience inventory. Think of every job that you have had. (It might be easier to work your way backwards, one job at a time.) List all of the functions and responsibilities that you had.

Skills Inventory

Office Skills: Filing, Answering Phones, Customer Service, Telemarketing, Sales, Bookkeeping, Typing 60wpm, Receptionist Duties
Computer Skills: Desktop Publishing, Web site development, Programming
Software: MS Word, MS Publisher, MS Front Page, Lotus
Office Equipment: Typewriter, Computer, Cash Register

Additional Skills: Accurate typist and proofreader, great spelling skills, quick learner

Take a few days to think about all the experience and skills you have had over the years. Add as much detail and information as possible to the list. (The example above is not a complete example. Include education, personal experience and volunteer work. Yours should be much more detailed.

3) Life Skills Inventory

Your next inventory sheet should include all of the day to day skills you have. You want to write down those that you are great at and those that could use some additional work:

Great:
Very creative, can usually find creative solutions to problems that arise.
Life of the party
Good in small gatherings
Work well on my own
Work well in small groups
Love to give and organize parties
Willingly make sacrifices for something I really want

Could Use Some Work"
Getting up and to work on time
Intimidated by large crowds
Forgetful
Disorganized
Sometimes work very slow to make sure it is done right

Decide which of these items you are willing to work to change and which are not changeable. Don’t accept a position where success would depend on an item that you have not yet strengthened.

4) Make an inventory of what you have liked best about previous positions that you held.

Flexible Hours
Lots of contact with the public
Worked without much supervision
Allowed creativity to come through
Received sense of accomplishment at completion of project
Boss gave credit for jobs well done
Deadlines forced me to complete work on time

Put a star next to the items you really liked.

5)Make an inventory of what you did not like in previous positions:

Did not get along with boss
Got talked to about lack of organization
Panic of upcoming deadlines caused me to miss the deadlines
Tedious and boring
Too unstructured
Too many people around

Mark those that you do not feel you would be able to deal with again in a work environment.

6) Take a break, by now you should be totally overwhelmed with all of these ideas and facts running around your head and you should probably put your notebook somewhere safe for a couple days and not look at it. When you come back to it, you might be surprised to see that you have even more to add to it.

7)Ask some close friends/relatives to help you complete the lists if you are having a difficult time with them. Ask them to be objective and to help your memory of events and jobs so that you can get an accurate view of what has worked and what hasn’t in your past employment.

8) If you are having difficulty with this portion, there are several sites that might be able to help you in determining career paths. See Choosing and ADHD Friendly Career.

9)Compare the results of your interests and your experiences. If you put down that you were interested in photography, but you haven’t yet picked up a camera, just think it might be fun, now is the time to cross photography off your list. What interests do you have left that are backed up by some type of experience or education?

10) Look at the interests that are left and begin to write down all of the jobs that are available in those interests. About.com guide to Career Planning has details on many of the major industries and professions.

11) You should now have in front of you a list of several jobs for which you have an interest and some experience/education in. Work with your list of life skills to determine if any of those positions would not fit your personality. Does a job require you to be on the road visiting companies and you just are terrible at following a map and always end of getting lost. This might cause undue stress and have you end up leaving the job. Is there a job that always starts at 7 AM and you can’t seem to get up and moving much before 9 AM? Match the positions with your strengths to find a position where you will be able to grow instead of feeling frustration.

12) Look again at what you disliked and liked in previous positions to determine what is important to you. Do you like the structure of a large company, where each day you know exactly what you are going to do and how long it will take you to do it? Do you like the excitement of a new company, being there on the ground floor and watching and being a part of the growth of the company? Do you want someone in the background to oversee your work, yet leave you alone to complete it? Use these to determine which type of company you would like to work for (or whether you would prefer to be self-employed).

Using all of information you compiled should help you immensely during the interview process. You will know what you want and why you should have a job. You will know what to look for in a company. This knowledge will allow you to show your confidence and make decisions based on what is best for you, rather than on the impulse of “Wow, this sounds terrific, when do I start?” If needed, take notes during the interview and bring them home to compare with your inventories to see if you and the position are a good match.

Doing what we are interested in, what we are good at and in a position, which will be governed by our strengths, rather than pointing out our weaknesses will lead to fulfillment in our careers.

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Yes, thanks Garry and Kassie.....and Yes, dislikes: early mornings... ....does anyone like early mornings???? Anyway, I should go through and write out this entire thing.....might learn something about myself...
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I brought in the entire article because I thought it would be a great cut and paste thing to do at home. Very insightful, again thanks Garry for finding it!
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Guess im the weirdo on this one Joan as that is my best time

I like to start work 3 ish in the morning and be done by noonish
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I'm the same as you but not so early, I would like to work at 4am to 2ish myself
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Source: http://content.msn.monster.com/articles/born/

Discover the Work You Were Born to Do
by James C. Gonyea

So you've been hearing that voice again, the one that says you're not doing what you were born to do. That may be true, but how do you figure out what it is that you should be doing?

To begin answering this question, examine whether your current career path matches your core interests, beliefs, values, needs and skills. Professional career counselors usually undertake this strategy when attempting to help clients identify appropriate career directions.

Here's what I ask clients to help them find their core. Ask yourself these questions and record your answers.

1. What subjects do you most enjoy reading about?
2. What television or radio programs do you most enjoy?
3. What are your favorite types of movies?
4. What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes?
5. What type of volunteer activities do you prefer?
6. What subjects do you enjoy discussing with friends?
7. What subjects come to mind when you daydream?
8. What have been your favorite jobs?
9. What were your favorite school subjects?
10. What are your pet peeves?
11. If you doodle, what do you often draw?
12. If you ran the world, what changes would you make?
13. If you won a million bucks, what would you do with it?
14. What are your favorite kinds of people?
15. How would you like to be remembered after your death?
16. What are your favorite toys?
17. How would you describe your political beliefs?
18. Who do you most admire in life and why?
19. What tasks have brought you the most success?
20. What tasks do you think you could do well that you haven't yet done?

Examine your answers. Do you see a certain behavior or belief in more than one aspect of your life? What information do you see repeated that seems to reveal a behavior pattern? What are your long-lasting interests?

Using this information, paint a self-portrait by completing the following statements:

* I am mainly interested in…
* I believe most in…
* I most value…
* For a good life, I feel I need…
* I can do the following well…

Now ask yourself if your current job helps you achieve these five statements. If it does, you're probably in the right career. Chances are, however, that the nagging voice means your current career is not satisfying your core features. If this is the case, then it's time to find a better fit.

If the right career choice is not obvious from the information you have gathered about yourself, then try reading What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles.
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Guess im the weirdo on this one Joan as that is my best time

I like to start work 3 ish in the morning and be done by noonish
Oh no Garry.....you are not weird....I am just not an early a.m. person I tend to be depressed at 3:00 a.m.

I take my meds at beginning of day and they wear off by end of day...so at 3:00 a.m. there are no depression meds in my system and so at that hour, I'm a basketcase....

But for you....it's cool that that hour works for you
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Oh my gosh...I love the early morning with all my heart........I just can't get myself out of bed to actually see it! I, like many ADD'ers, have a hard time settling down at night. I procrastinate just terrible. Its like I just can't stand the thought of giving up the day yet. I drive my poor non-add'er husband crazy! Does anyone else find it extremely hard to settle down at night? I have to say though...that when I actually put this little head down --I'm OUT!
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I have a terrible time turning my brain off at night. My grandmother used to comment on how I was "just like my father." She always thought that I needed a job that required me working over-nights (like my father). When I was younger I was always tired because I would stay up all hours of the night. Now that I am older and I NEED my sleep to run after three boys I have developed ways to try and turn myself off.
Sometimes I read and I start early because reading makes me sleepy...say around 9:30pm. Other times I have to mentally take myself someplace that is calming after I have layed down. Every time I realize that my mind is trying to drift towards the things that I know will keep me up...I think of my "happy-calm" place and I visualize it. I have taught this to my 9yr old and it works for him as well.
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I wrote that I liked:
- serving all kinds of people
- feeling of pride or belonging to a group or culture
- spontaneous, sudden minitasks to be accomplished, always with much variety

I disliked:
- adminstrative/secretary work
- long-term or repetitive responsibilities

So maybe I should think of careers like:
- travel/tourism information officer or guide
- nurse or radiology technician
- bartender
- flight attendant
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I have been told that the best kind of job for adhd is an adventure job. Fire fighter, Police, adventure sports instructor.....

I lead horse tours in AZ. Good for me, I love to talk and it is always changing.
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God I hate mornings. Probably as a result of the racing thoughts and not getting enough sleep the night before.

I had a girlfriend once who was like you mutant morning folk. She would SPRING out of bed when the alarm clock first sounded, where I will average hitting "snooze" about 20 times before finally getting out of bed. (I've finally learned that that half-sleep does nothing to allay my fatigue level and therefore now force myself out of bed at the first alarm, at least if I'm not so tired that I don't remember that fact)

She was extra chirpy and happy in the morning and would tap or touch me like every 30 seconds and attempt to rouse me with entreaties about how wonderful it was that it was a new day and we get to go to work now, etc.,etc.,etc.

Until I explained to her that even though I did love her very much and it would make me very sad if I perhaps reacted somnambulistically, if she continued to act this way in the morning I would eventually have no choice but to beat her senseless with my pillow.

The best morning was one saturday when a small earthquake started and just as it woke us up, I felt it crescendo and begin to taper off as she's FREAKING out- (she was from Washington, had never been through an earthquake before)

"OMIGODWOTTAWEDOGETINADOORWAYUNDERTHEBEDGETOUTSIDEW HATFORGODSSAKEDOWEDOIDONTWANNADIE WOTTAWEDO WOTTAWEDO WOTTAWEDOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"

I just sighed, and mellowly said; "Welcome to California. Go back to sleep." as the rumbling diminished...










Oh. Um......................yeah. right. sorry. Ah, ADD friendly job, er, waking up ADD people in the morning?
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Guess im the weirdo on this one Joan as that is my best time

I like to start work 3 ish in the morning and be done by noonish

This is quoting a reallllly old post.. but I am the same way.. I work at 6am, and finish anywhere from 10am-4pm (when I must leave for school).. Unfortunately I can't seem to get to bed before 1am.. hm. Is it possible to be a night owl, and a morning person?
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why i am going into science
like labs
like chemicals
like manipulating life forms
do not like interacting with people
or working with them if they are stupid
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