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Choosing the right career option when you have ADHD


The signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are quite well known in kids. It manifests itself in being fidgety, impulsive, inattentive, disorganized, and hyperactive. About 60% of children continue to have signs of ADHD into adulthood.

Signs of ADHD in adults are a little different. These are restlessness, disorganization, and difficulty in focusing. But it also comes with strengths and choosing a career that uses those strengths can help in building a successful career. This combined with treatment for ADHD is recommended.

Here are some of the strengths linked to ADHD, and some tips on how to go about choosing the right career option:

  • Interest - Many people with ADHD are filled with a sense of interest and urgency. Jobs where you are passionate about the subject matter will keep you motivated and focused.
  • Urgency - Jobs with a built in sense of urgency can be good as it helps motivate some people with ADHD. This could mean a fast-paced, high-intensity environment, like that of an emergency room or as a paramedic.
  • Structure - Some adults with ADHD respond well in roles that are clearly structured, with proper instructions and directives. Jobs like this are found in most industries. Some options include data processing and quality control.
  • Fast pace - Because their thoughts move fast. adults with ADHD tend to do well in an environment that is stimulating, and one in which they have to adapt and analyze. This could mean working in a pre-school or day care.
  • Hands-on and creative - Jobs that require using creativity and problem solving is something people with ADHD are good at. Some jobs in this field are that of a musician, artist, dancer, entertainer, and interior designer.
  • Entrepreneurial - Being an entrepreneur requires the willingness to take risks and think out-of-the-box. These skills are inherent in many people with ADHD. But there is a rider. The business must be something they are passionate about it also needs planning, organization, and self-motivation.

The bottom line is that you can have ADHD and succeed in the workforce. Just take care to seek jobs in fields that use your strengths and interests.

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