Finding the right job or career can be challenging for anyone, whether you have ADHD, learning disability, or a neurotypical. Some know exactly what they want to do, while others really aren’t sure at all. There are so many options and possibilities.
As people with ADHD, we are pretty aware of what we struggle with. Disorganization, lack of focus (at times), difficulty with paying attention to detail, time management. Often times, these things are required. And this may stop us from going for the job that we are interested in. We may be nervous about being a nurse or lawyer, for example, because we know we will have to pay attention to detail and we know it’s something that we struggle with.
However, this doesn’t mean you should go for it. It doesn’t mean that you should rule it out. There are people with ADHD in many different career paths, whether it’s nursing, law, teaching, and so forth.
There are some things to keep in mind, when you are considering your career path. And this may apply to many people out there, whether they have ADHD or not.
Tip #1: Find something you love
Finding a career or job that you enjoy and love makes it easier for anyone to do it well. If it’s something that you love, it won’t feel like work. You’ll be happier, perform better, and it’ll make doing the work more enjoyable and easier to get done.
Tip #2: Knowing your strengths and interests
Knowing what you’re good at and your strengths does help know what jobs would be a good fit for you. Are you creative? Do you like helping others? Do you work well under pressure?
When you can identify your strengths and interests, you’re in a better position to know what may or may not be a good fit for you. Take time to think about it. If you have a hard time with this, ask someone who knows you well to help out with this.
Remember this …
There are people with ADHD with various jobs, careers, and in different positions. There is no one size fits all. There isn’t a perfect job for those with ADHD. We can be nurses, teachers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, writers, and so much more. Just because we struggle more with day to day things, it doesn’t mean that we can’t do the same jobs as our neurotypical counterparts.