What are good jobs for people with ADHD?

What are good jobs for people with ADHD?

For those suffering from ADHD, job hunting can be a disheartening experience. Individuals with ADHD are often easily distracted and impulsive, making it difficult to form close relationships with colleagues or stick to a given task. However, rather than seeing ADHD in a negative light, it might instead be better to start thinking of it as an asset. While the condition is heavily stigmatised in the workplace, when harnessed and handled in the right way it can become a force of productivity; and doesn’t have to limit your career. In fact, there are countless industries that would welcome someone with the enthusiasm and excitement that those with ADHD often have in abundance.

If you have ADHD or know someone with the condition, here are some good industries to start looking in for a career:

Get creative

This can cover everything from marketing and web design to arts and crafts. Those with ADHD are often incredibly creative individuals with a lot of energy to channel, so why not put it to use? Creative roles often have flexible deadlines and relaxed ways of working which can also help anyone who is easily distracted. What’s more, in a creative role the work is often its own reward, and it may be that web design or coding is something that can really hold the attention. It may take some searching, and there might even be one or two false starts, but there’s bound to be a creative team out there that could use your energy and enthusiasm.

Why not try medicine?
This may not seem obvious, but it works. Those with ADHD usually have an excellent propensity for solving problems, and being easily distracted can actually be used as a force for good when cross-referencing and checking is important. Some medical practices need broad and creative approaches, most notably in diagnostic medicine. With the right qualifications and a bit of determination, this is easily within reach.

Get into sales

This might seem counter-intuitive as those with ADHD can often ‘come across the wrong way’ in social situations, but the fast paced environment could be just what is needed to keep focused and on task. Lots of travel and plenty of opportunity to earn rewards should appeal to the nature of someone with ADHD, and is another example of seeing the condition as an asset rather than a limitation.

Start a business

It’s often said that those with ADHD aren’t suited for management. While this may be the case, there are many business owners with the condition that thrive in a leadership role. When running a business the possibilities for growth and development are endless, and the kind of enthusiasm that someone with ADHD brings to the table can go a long way in marketing and growing a business, particularly if it’s something they’re already passionate about.

Just like anyone, those with ADHD will often perform best when doing something they love. No matter who you are or what your circumstances are, don’t let ADHD hold you back from pursuing a career that’s right for you. It’s your decision whether or not you share your condition with a prospective employer, and keeping it secret is understandable. However, remember that there are an increasing number of employers who are developing a better understanding of ADHD is and the stigma is starting to erode. The ‘troublemaker’ label is thankfully fading, and people are starting to realise the raw passion and enthusiasm that can come from an employee with ADHD. A good workplace won’t let it stop them from employing you and developing your skills.