Though I am not one for labels; today everything has a name or a three, maybe four combination of identifying letters, we are celebrating Special Education week. And one of those conditions that falls under special education, is ADD or ADHD; widely know has attention deficit disorder or attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity. And though there are very few out there that don’t have some symptoms of ADD, including myself, what are some possible career options for those who have a more serious condition and confused about what they can accomplish?
First of all, career testing is an area that you want to explore first to gain knowledge of your hard skills; how you perform with the job responsibilities and soft skills define your personality type. And, of course, there are endless types of career tests available. But the important idea is to find out where your strengths and weaknesses lie.
Secondly, stay away from jobs that are repetitious with long hours of focus. Individuals with ADD have intense focus but not for long hours at a time. Many once the goals have been accomplished like to move on for variety and new beginnings. Project management can offer opportunities as well as any sales position. However, the highs and lows need to be managed.
Travel positions that require product launches or training have a certain charm. Retail management offers the opportunity to multi-task and those with ADD like working with multiple computer screens in a fast-paced environment. Creative design is another area that is strongly recommended while having flexibility. Entrepreneurship is another area to think about but have a detailed business associate or mentor that can help you build the details of structure and finance; that which a business cannot live without.
The biggest problem is time management and organizational skills. Sometimes ADD’ers will complete a detailed electronic calendar outlined by the minute and forget to look at it; getting distracted by something they are really into. Really stick with a schedule and prioritize your time. Even set alarms on your phone to be reminded to move on to the next task.
Find out what you want…do you like being out surrounded by many or really comfortable behind your desk and computer with little distraction. And most important, as with all of us, pursue what you really love before all the rest because that is your answer to having the best career you could ever have thought possible, regardless of any label on your back.