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As someone with ADHD, I’ve had my fair share of struggles when it comes to finding the right career path. I’ve job hopped, quit jobs impulsively, and struggled to find something that truly lights me up. But over time, I’ve learned some valuable lessons that have helped me identify which careers align with my strengths and interests that I hope might help you too.
ADHD Careers Podcast Episode + Show Notes
Here’s all the links I mentioned in podcast:
- Grab the ADHD Career journal prompts
- Check out the Organized Business (a Notion Template for small business owners)
- Interested in getting some help launching your coaching business? Get on my interest list here.
ADHD & the Sudden Urge to Quit
One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is the urge to quit jobs. It’s not because I’m lazy or afraid of commitment, it’s simply the way my brain is wired. As someone with ADHD, I crave novelty and can easily become drained if I’m not learning something new. But I’ve learned to accept this about myself and recognize that it’s not a moral failing… I just need to find the right style of work that suits my temperament (and I have!).
Accepting My ADHD + Understanding My Brain
To find the right career path, I had to take a deep dive into understanding myself. I asked myself questions like:
- What field of work sounds most compelling and interesting to me?
- What do I value the most when it comes to working?
- What are my strengths and what comes easy to me?
- What gives me energy and what drains me?
By answering these questions, I was able to identify my passions and interests, and find careers that aligned with them.
The Perfect Career for my ADHD
Once I had a better understanding of myself, I could start envisioning the perfect career path for me. I asked myself questions like:
- Am I building something or maintaining it?
- Am I coming up with the work I’m doing every day, or is someone else giving it to me?
- Do I get energy from being around other people, or does it drain me?
- What brings satisfaction to me in terms of work?
By answering these questions, I was able to identify the type of work environment and tasks that I would thrive in.
Permission to Choose an ADHD Career Path That Lights Me Up
As someone with ADHD, I’ve learned that I have to give myself permission to move in the direction of my interests. It’s important to choose a career that aligns with my strengths and natural inclinations, and one that I’m truly passionate about. By doing this, I’m able to stay excited and engaged in my work, and avoid the urge to quit or job hop.
Finding the Right Career for Your ADHD Brain
Finding the right career path can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. As someone with ADHD, it’s important to understand yourself and what you need in a work environment. By asking yourself the right questions and giving yourself permission to move in the direction of your interests, you can find a career that lights you up and keeps you engaged. Don’t be afraid to job hop or make changes until you find the right fit for you.