Those with ADHD have a unique brain structure that doesn’t set them apart from society or create disadvantages, but requires a different approach to learning and living.
“ADHD/FastBraiin individuals are the risk-takers, the imaginative ones, creatives, the competitive, passionate, go-getters, that find success in all types of channels.” – Dr. James Poole
Instead of focusing on the symptoms of ADHD – lack of focus, fidgeting, forgetfulness, behavioral problems, or impulsiveness – we should focus on the positives and look for pathways that utilize ADHD strengths to help individuals excel in their careers.
There is no one-size-fits-all career that works for every ADHD adult, which is as it should be. Anybody with ADHD can be successful in any job they feel passionate about (Check out these 21 celebrities that thrive with ADHD). The key is to find the perfect fit. Analyze your likes and dislikes in the workplace, be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and find a career where you continue to be challenged and learn new things every day.
These are many professions that utilize the strengths of an ADHD mind and help create an environment where ADHD individuals can thrive in the workplace. Here are a few:
In order to work in a career that requires you to be around kids 24/7, you need to be able to think on your feet, transition from task-to-task quickly, multitask, keep up with their energy, and think of innovative or creative ways to keep their attention. Kids thrive in environments where they can have fun, but learn at the same time. There is never a dull moment as a teacher since your days are never the same.
Similar jobs: Camp Director, Camp Counselor, Daycare Worker
Food and Beverage
There is nothing like the food and beverage industry to keep you on your toes. It is a fast-paced environment that requires an outgoing individual, who enjoys meeting people, being on their feet, and learning new information. Since this industry requires you to communicate and work with customers, it helps train your ADHD mind to quickly remember information and focus on short-term tasks. It’s an exciting industry that keeps you alert and focused on the job.
Similar jobs: Chef, Event Coordinator
Small Business Owner/Entrepreneur
Owning your own business means you’re the boss – you are in charge of your own schedule, work environment, and projects, doing what you do best on your time. Some work environments can create restlessness and potential boredom, especially for someone with ADHD. With your own business, you’re able to focus on your passions and in turn, make a career that is meaningful to you.
Working in the medical field as a nurse, doctor, practitioner, or EMT allows you to work in an environment that is adrenaline-pumping, exciting, and perfect for that go-getter, busy type. There is enough structure to keep you focused and enough tasks to keep you on your feet. These jobs keep your ADHD brain consistently active with continued education and licensure exams.
Working in the arts allows ADHD minds to be in a career where they can exercise their creativity and be surrounded by like-minded artists. In these work environments, ADHD individuals can thrive in creative chaos where they can easily express themselves as actors, dancers, musicians, and so on. A change of pace and environment with potential to travel is ideal for someone with ADHD. They will never feel restless or bored with a career in the arts.
Those with ADHD can achieve and be successful at any job they set their mind to. Finding the perfect career is a balance of knowing your strengths, working on your challenges, discovering your likes and dislikes, and doing what is meaningful to you. At the end of the day, it is up to the individual to thrive in their workplace. No job is off limits to an ADHD mind.