Advice for the Job Searcher with ADHD

Here at Edge we talk a lot about how an ADHD coach can help you learn the skills you need to succeed in school.  But what about after you get out of school?

We like to say that coaching helps you hone your edge to climb higher in life.  School is just the starting place for that journey. Working with an ADHD coach can be a highly effective method to help you bridge the journey from school to the workplace.

When you work with an ADHD coach to help you be successful in school, you build skills that will help you be successful in life.  Skills like perseverance when the going gets tough, time management, organizational systems that work for YOU, prioritizing, and focus.

Your coach is interested in helping you achieve YOUR goals (not your parents goals for you.) School is usually a stepping stone to help you get there.

But which jobs are ADHD Friendly?

Search for ADHD –friendly jobs and you’ll find a ton of articles that talk about career planning, career traps and what qualities you should look for in a workplace.  The best advice we’ve seen, comes from Ned Hallowell. Hallowell has written 18 books including one of the most recommended books about ADHD: Driven to Distraction.

In an ADDitude Magazine article, Hallowell gives some excellent advice to get started in figuring out what you want to do when you get out of school.

Two pieces of advice for the ADHD job searcher

If you were going to take just two pieces of advice away from Hallowell’s article it would be this:

  • “The best jobs for adults with ADD are the ones that let them do what they do best and love most,” and
  • “Maintaining a realistic assessment of your strengths and weaknesses are part of the job of planning for — and keeping — a job.”

Your ADHD coach helps you identify those strengths and weaknesses. And if you haven’t figured out what your passion is yet, she can also help you find your path to discovering it.

We’ve known writers, consultants, police officers, lawyers, advertising managers, baseball players, singers, computer geniuses … who have all been successful AND have ADHD.

What do you hope to do when you get out of school?

Have you figured out your strengths and weaknesses?

We’d love to hear from you in the comment section, below.

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4 Responses

  1. Roz

    ADHD and dysplasia mean poor concentration and difficulty in doing practical jobs.Difficulty in following instructions. At the age of 21 years not good at anything and poor self esteem. Employers do not have the time or patience to allow more time and support to learn

  2. Roz

    Sorry meant dyspraxia

  3. Mary Blair

    How do you find a ADHD coach for helping with finding a job and skill set.
    I have been through several jobs already and looking again and I am older after staying home with kids.
    I live in Denver area.
    M E Blair

    • Tom Masters

      Hi Mary –
      Contact our coach match coordinator, Denise von Pressentin at 206-632-9497. She can help you find a coach that specializes in career related issues.