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.

By Eileen Bailey

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. 

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