Creating Career Choices

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • Many adults with ADHD complain of drifting from job to job, never finding the career they can succeed in, never feeling as if they are fulfilling their dreams. Financial burdens may require you to stay in your present job, not being happy or to take whatever job comes along. No matter what situation you may be in, it is never to late to start planning for the future, to find the career that best matches your personality. This is a step by step guide to help you determine what field, what industry and what career may be good for you.


    Step One


    Complete an interest inventory for yourself. Begin this list with as many items as possible, listing both your likes and your dislikes. Keep this list open and in a place you will see it so that you can continue to add items as you think of them.

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    • Reading books
    • Talking with other people
    • Football
    • Swimming
    • Working on the internet
    • Health Care
    • Problem Solving
    • Working with children




    • Paperwork
    • Math or bookkeeping tasks
    • Large crowds
    • Public speaking
    • Answering phones
    • Tedious projects


    Step Two


    Complete a skills inventory list. To begin, list every job you have had and the positions you have held. This will help you to think of what skills you possess already. Again, once you have started this list, keep it somewhere you will see it often so that you can continue adding to it as you remember other skills you have. Make this as detailed as possible and include skills learned in previous jobs, volunteer opportunities and personal experience




    Skills Inventory


    • Office Skills: Filing, answering phones, customer service, bookkeeping, typing
    • Computer Skills: Desktop publishing, web site design
    • Additional Skills: cashier, proofreader/editor, writing, great spelling skills, quick learner, classroom aid


    Step Three


    Complete a Life Skills Inventory. This should include all the day to day skills you have. (You have more than you think). You should also include a list of those that you still need to improve.







    Energetic, outgoing

    Good working independently or in small groups

    Willing to sacrifice when something is very important to me

    Love to entertain and give parties


    Needs Work


    Being on time



    Intimidated by large crowds


    Step Four


    Create a Likes/Dislikes Inventory of Past Jobs list of what has worked for you in previous job positions and what parts of the job you enjoyed the most.






    • Flexible hours
    • Talking with customers
    • Able to work independently
    • Enjoyed creative work
    • Deadlines forced me to complete work on time
    • Structured, knew exactly what was expected of me




    • Tedious/boring work
    • Unstructured, allowed me to become too distracted
    • Too many people
    • Did not get along with boss



    Once you have completed the lists, keep them around for a few days and fill in additional items as you remember them. If necessary, ask friends and relatives to help you fill in additional information.


    Now compare your interests and your experiences. What interests do you have that you can show experience or skills in? Cross out those interests that you do not really know anything about. For example, if you put down photography as one of your interests but have never picked up a camera for anything other than family get togethers, you should cross this off your list.


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    You should now have a list of interests in front of you that you have some knowledge and experience in. Begin to make a list of the careers available using those interests. There are a number of career planning sites on the internet that could be of help to you. A good place to start is Career Planning.


    Your list now includes job positions that would match your interests and qualifications/experience. Look again at your list of Life Skills Inventory to help you determine if some of these job positions would not be a good match for you. For example, if you put down that you did not like to travel, then any position that would require you to travel should be crossed off the list. If there is a position that would require you to start work at 7:00 AM each morning and you can't seem to start your morning earlier than 9:00 AM, you need to cross this off before you set yourself up for failure.


    Your list should now have some possible career choices and you should be ready to begin a job search. Keep in mind your list of what you liked and disliked in previous job positions during the job search so that you can not only find a career you enjoy, but find a company that will allow you to succeed.











Published On: September 09, 2007