ADHD Work Stories: The Jobs You Love and Loathe

When you have ADHD, pursuing a career path that you think is the best have compatibility would possibly in reality contain some bumps, detours, and even crashes that go away you feeling more like a qualified failure.

Don’t give up! Understanding what you want (and want) from a job takes work. (No pun intended.) As many people know, it will take one or more false starts to get there.

Adults with ADHD can thrive at work if that work aligns with their passions and strengths. Here, ADDitude readers percentage their work stories about jobs they love and some they loathe. Share your stories about your disastrous or favourite jobs in the Comments section below.

Your ADHD Work Stories: The Best and Worst Jobs

“I started my profession as a felony secretary. I had to keep monitor of the whole thing — calendars, filings, stories, and so on. I was simply lower than par, and it used to be a real blow to my self assurance. I am smart, but my inability to stay observe of things, prioritize, be aware of main points, and so on let me down. At the time, I was undiagnosed, and I now understand that the task I picked was one among the hardest for me to do. Now, I work for myself. I write non-fiction stories about crime; and publish them as a podcast.” — Sinead

“My maximum disastrous former task was doing knowledge access for an area architecture firm all over my senior yr of high school. The quiet environment and monotonous work made me fall asleep at my table. Fast ahead twenty years, and I’m a receiving manager at Whole Foods, which performs to my strengths in attention to detail and organization. I repeatedly engage with others, and I never have to stay still when I am getting antsy.” — Anonymous

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“My favorite task was once as an auto portions auditor. It was a line activity, and I cherished it.” — Anonymous

“My first day of coaching was my closing day at The Great Escape Amusement Park. We had a horrible uniform. It used to be so loud, crowded, and confusing that I couldn’t consider anything else about the training.” — Anonymous

“During the summer season sooner than my senior year of college, I took a custom picture framing process at an A.C. Moore craft retailer. I’ve caught with image framing ever since because it ignites my hyperfocus and ingenious problem-solving superpowers. I never get bored because I see different art items each day, design unique frames for them, and then build them in the shop.” — Ellen

“While performing as PA my boss learned I had a ability for design, and that’s how I started my occupation as a virtual product designer. I make stunning things for other folks with no need to speak to them. I absolutely love my job.” — Bonita

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I beloved being a highschool English and ingenious writing teacher — at first. After instructing mostly the identical curriculum yr after yr and grading such a lot of essays, it became more difficult to stay excited and engaged. I all the time wanted to become a creator, no longer spend my workday educating others how to write. After years of feeling like a failure because I ‘couldn’t deal with being a trainer,’ I realized how and why it wasn’t the very best are compatible for ME. Now I'm a group of workers writer and digital editor for an area mag that specializes in outdoor recreation and way of life, which totally aligns with my personal passions.” — AM

“Once I took a task at a decision center that did troubleshooting for people making use of for Obamacare. There had been too many laws, and we weren’t allowed to talk with the ones around us. I got fired for nodding off too many times as a result of being trapped at a table with not anything to do but learn the IRS web page isn't stimulating at all!” — Valerie

“I love my kids and enjoy doing things with them, but being a stay-at-home mother was once a actually unhealthy are compatible for me. I was unmotivated by the monotony of cooking, cleaning, laundry, and so on. and crushed with seeking to stay monitor of what everyone was once doing. I’m loving my new phase time job in the interior design international as it’s filled with new exciting projects. My husband now looks after the monotonous work, and I deal with all the tasks’ like deep cleansing and renovations.’” — Anonymous

“I was a financial institution teller for a few years pre-diagnosis. It started off neatly, but by way of the finish, I had issues protecting my drawer in balance and the numbers instantly in my head and on the pc. Numbers and math have been by no means my sturdy go well with at school but all the tips and tips couldn’t lend a hand my unknown dyscalculia and ADHD. Now I’m a testing proctor at a local people faculty. It isn't the career I thought I’d have, however it works. Focus is hard at times, but my co-worker and boss are working out. They give me time and house and help come up with things to stay my brain engaged in the work.” — Anonymous

“Working in the library in college used to be terrible. There was no construction and it was also very boring. Plus, you’re not allowed to just learn all the books!” — Alex

“I liked being an elementary instructor. There used to be something new every day and a number of tactics to be ingenious. I was surrounded by inventive other folks and enjoyed making a difference with what I did. Being a trainer was the best possible career for me. I’m now a dwell at domestic mother and, while I love my children and wouldn’t trade it, I’m now not as excellent with juggling ‘mom’ things as I used to be at being a trainer.” — Anonymous

“In my early 20s, I used to be thrust into a store manager position. I incessantly opened the store past due and grew to become the track up actually loud in an attempt to live engaged. As a other folks pleaser, I discovered it terrifying to have exhausting conversations with my personnel. A few months later I was fired. I used to be actually so relieved. For the past two decades, I've been a therapeutic massage therapist. I absolutely love my process and am grateful on a daily basis for it.” — Sarah

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