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So like… what do you all do for a living with ADHD?

So like… what do you all do for a living with ADHD?

DisgustingCantaloupe

I'm an early career Data Scientist/Statistician. This is my first job post-school and I've been struggling to get things done :/ it's been tough. I'm hoping the Wellbutrin I started today will help a bit with my depression and ADHD symptoms so that I can gain some work-life balance once again.


michiganxiety

I'm 4 years into my career as a data scientist/machine learning engineer. It's definitely difficult but it's a little bit more manageable when you're not in hardcore-learning mode like you are for the first couple years. Medication (in my case Adderall) definitely saved my job after we went full time remote and I reeeeally struggled to focus. It's already hard enough to be taken seriously as a woman but the ADHD on top of the imposter syndrome is a terrible, potent combo. Best of luck with your meds!!


DisgustingCantaloupe

I have definitely dropped the ball on some projects this past year and some of my coworkers have had to pick up the slack which I feel terrible about. Like, I want to do my fair share but I just can't seem to get through it all like everyone else can. I hope it'll get better, because I don't think I can do this forever.


michiganxiety

I feel that, that's why I'm also in r/FIRE. Make big bucks for a couple years then bail to a more ADHD-friendly lifestyle where I can volunteer on things I already hyperfocus on (climate change), but not full time and on my own schedule. It's not for everyone but there are both lots of data scientists and lots of people with ADHD who are into it.


DisgustingCantaloupe

I'd love to do that once more of my income gets freed up. I've been the bread winner of the household since I got my job (towards the beginning of the Pandemic) so much of my money has gone to covering all our bills. My partner does not make as much as I do and I've never wanted to put a lot of stress on him since he supported my neurodivergent ass during undergrad and grad school, haha.


michiganxiety

I was in the same exact situation with my fella - a good supportive partner is a huge asset, financially and otherwise, even if their salary is not huge. It took me a couple years to get to a good enough financial position to even consider FIRE after years of living on just his salary or less. Just make smart financial choices, pay off debt and cut down on your spending, you'll get there. I highly recommend reading Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin to get you into the right mindset.


Snoopydooperton

I'm in grad school for Biostatistics right now! Kinda funny how many ADHDers are in the stats field. I'm actually thinking about making my thesis on the prevalence of ADHD in academic or scientific professions.


DisgustingCantaloupe

That'd be super interesting! It makes sense, honestly. Data science/stats work is so varied and we get to work on different topics.


FlurriesofFleuryFury

Eyyyyy I just got fired from that job! ~high-five~


DisgustingCantaloupe

Oh no. I'm so sorry! I have a performance review coming up and I'm very nervous because I have not been great this past year :/ but I keep getting added to kickoff meetings for future projects so I'm assuming no one is planning on firing me yet.


FlurriesofFleuryFury

I'm really glad one of us is successful!


What__arewedoinghere

Oh awesome!! I have a lot of friends in that field. Def some tough work sometimes. Hoping things kick back into place, if it makes you feel better I struggle getting stuff done too sometimes! Comes in waves and depends how interesting I find the task (classic ADHD problem right?)


DisgustingCantaloupe

I've always felt like I focused very poorly at work, but I still managed to meet or exceed expectations somehow... But ever since we switched to WFH I've been a hot mess xD I'm no longer coping well enough which is why I went for the ADHD assessment... I'm crossing my fingers that I can go back into the office in January because it really is what is best for me.


a-girl-named-kat

Are you a coffee drinker by any chance? I realized the other day that when I went wfh at the beginning of the pandemic that my adhd became unmanageable and I had to go on pills because I went from 4-6+ cups of coffee every single day m-f to significantly less and without the stimulation my brain freaked out. I miss endless coffee. I’m on strattera and lexipro now and they’re ok. I tried wellbutrin first and it… did not work for me…


DisgustingCantaloupe

Lexapro didn't help me and made me gain weight :/ I may actually consume more caffeine now than before


a-girl-named-kat

My only issue with lexapro is that I don’t really notice a particular issue. You’re lucky about the caffeine, i went off of it because with the strattera I was overstimulated but I’d go back in a heartbeat


lilsilverbear

Deathwish coffee. Check it out. www.deathwishcoffee.com 60.67mg of caffeine. *per fl oz*


JingleTTU

I’m a director over a few data engineering teams. The first few years were the biggest struggle for me as I needed to learn a lot and also just sit down and do mundane tasks. As I moved up my adhd “super powers” helped me excel over others. I love jumping from one fire and one issue to the next. I’m able to see a problem and quickly think of some solutions and use my gut to direct my teams on what to do. Basically what I am saying is slog it out and if you want take medicine the first few years. Then hopefully you will end up in a position where your job literally has you following the dopamine.


Pierogipuppy

I’m a lawyer. It wasn’t bad at first (undiagnosed until age 33), but then I took a job that required me to bill my hours (those not familiar, we have to keep time by the 6-minute increment). Holy hell was it impossible for me. It led to me seeking the diagnosis, and my life is so much better now. I’m so much more in control of my time.


KaleidoscopeLazy4680

Also a lawyer struggling with time recording and only diagnosed in my early thirties... did medication help you?


Pierogipuppy

Yes, Vyvanse. It helped immensely!


NOthing__Gold

Another lawyer here, I wasn't diagnosed until recently at 47 :-) I'm in-house now, but in private practice I found it hard to remember to input every little thing into the time keeping system. I also had a lot of distraction issues and would regularly put in way more hours than I could ethically bill for. When faced with boring or anxiety producing files I would just fall away and get sidetracked, ex. I would spend forever picking out a font and lose myself in learning the differences between fonts, or hyper focus and research something to death out of fear I would miss something, or research and go down a related (but completely irrelevant) rabbit hole. I was never a strong litigator, but I could hold my own on matters below trial level. A few years ago I began to have issues retaining information, recalling information when needed, and if I lost my train of thought for even a second I could not get it back. I lost the ability to speak on my feet. The more I worried about blanking in court the worse the issue became so I changed practice areas. I have been on anti-depressants/anti-anxiety medication since 1998. We just assumed that my issues were a worsening of my depression and anxiety symptoms. I had never even heard of ADHD inattentive type...good grief!! Hahaha


stricklandfritz

Also an attorney and happy to hear you found something that helped you! I got diagnosed during my first pregnancy, and then was breastfeeding, and now am pregnant again so I haven't been able to get any help from medications yet... looking forward to the day my body is my own again and I can get that help.


Jynxed1

Ugghh 23 weeks here and I cant wait to get back on my meds 😭


stricklandfritz

Hope your last 17ish weeks go quickly and smoothly! I'm only 5 weeks in so I have a longggg way to go.


Goingonapoohunt

I’m a lawyer as well and can never do billing. I do what my colleagues do in 1/10th of the time but would burn out if I billed accurately to meet targets


lunaleather

This this this. Did five years in biglaw WITH meds and found myself having to ~slightly~ inflate time entries. My life finally improved when I went in house earlier this year - SO much less overwhelm. Biglaw was killing me (literally).


StCale

Also a lawyer. I’m in-house now, but timekeeping while I was at a firm was the absolute worst. I tried all the digital tools to help with tracking, but none of them worked as well for me as printing out a sheet and writing it all down. Something about being able to write down my start and stop times made it so much easier. Also, adderall (but been on that since college, so that’s nothing new). Do you think your adhd makes you better at any part of your job? For me, I can’t review a document and not fix all of the formatting issues. It takes me so much longer to review documents because of it, but when I’m done, they’re all well formatted!


Pierogipuppy

Yeah it was so hard for me because before I knew I had adhd I reached out to other associates and partners for help. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t able to accurately bill my time when others could. No one was helpful because they didn’t know what I didn’t know either. They were like “just do it as you go!” Which is not helpful when you have a ping pong ball for a brain. I do find some aspects of my adhd are really useful. I am timely in responding to clients for fear of forgetting, which clients love. I’m efficient (so fast)! I also really love formatting and spend lots of time making my filing look gorgeous. And I can never say no so partners love me.


serume

Ahhh, the billable hours hell. Been there. Stressed out about that. My current job (accounting) has fixed prices for customers, so I just have to track hours for 2 clients instead of all of them. And it's not for billing, it's for clients where we're unsure if their pricing is accurate based on the amount of work I put in, so it takes a lot of pressure off.


zoopysreign

Lawyer as well. I recently shared my diagnosis online and a ton of female attorneys reached out. Just speculation, but I think a lot of us fell into the “2e” camp: gifted, ADHD, spent a lot of time masking and overcompensating through perfectionism and overwork. I was well-suited for litigation work, and in particular, trials. I worked on large ones and therefore had the benefit of limiting other work so I could focus on one major matter. Going down rabbit holes was rewarded, as was seeing “big picture,” thematic links across large quantities of information. I often struggled with getting started on work product, but was okay when I got over the hump. I really struggled with the angst/emotional regulation part, since everything (was!) and felt such high stakes. In a different practice area in-house. High volume has been challenging, but I still enjoy the ability to focus on problem solving as a function.


Suspicious-Gas3029

Another lawyer here too, not Dx until my 40s. I am a member of an online group not on Reddit but specifically for lawyers with ADHD. Same challenges with billing. Mostly we discuss in my other group abuse of ADHD medications among colleagues without ADHD, which is a huge problem. There’s an interesting number of lawyers with ADHD, both Dx and not. It certainly has made things challenging for certain tasks, but I love what I do. So I have the interest to be like a dog on a bone for the substantive parts of the work. The ADHD perspective also appears to give a perspective neurotypical lawyers sometimes chalk up to brilliance (I wish). My impulsivity has benefited me in advocacy. I am perceived fearless and ferocious in arguments.


crabcakes3000

Lawyer too. I’m in-house now but it was billing time, rather than time working, that did me in at the big firm.


Bananyako84

Wow so many lawyers here. Former lawyer myself. I couldn't take the billing so I'm one of those people who sought a "law related" career. I practiced for 7 years and the career switch was definitely a good move for me.


LornaMorgana

Not me reading these comments feeling like a failure 😭😭


OnlyChatWifey

Every day I'm expecting to be fired. I mess up alllll the time.


SilverBriar

God I have been there 😭 I hope everything works out for you


PernilleN

I feel you. Currently have next to no income. Lots of things I want to do, but having a really hard time getting there. Feels like shit, but I remain optimistic - and most importantly, I’m working on getting the help I need.


washboardalarm

Right there with you. I'm living a very frugal lifestyle on my teacher boyfriend's salary. I would love to find a position that gives 40hrs that don't need to be worked at any set time. Right now, I'm selling eyewear part-time to people who often have more money than they know what to do with. Yet we have to decide between haircuts and eating. Ughh


Just-Go-With-My-Flo

I've never lived up to my potential. I know I could do so much better if I can just organize my thoughts. Haha "just" as if it's one small thing. I'm 50! I'm still waiting. 😢


jesmonster2

I'm 35 and just got my first full time job that isn't in the service industry this year. I was super proud of myself. Don't feel like a failure! We all travel our own paths.


zoopysreign

You know why you’re not a failure? You’re in here learning, being self aware. What a win for you.


Medical_Term_6254

Right? I can’t even remember to brush my teeth TWICE a day, can’t imagine how difficult university would be let alone being a scientist or doctor


ItsWetInWestOregon

Fruit tree specialist(I got a degree in Horticulture), house cleaner, waitress/bartender, and now I’m a pool operator(I service hot tubs) Stay at home mom for 9 years. I didn’t get diagnosed and treated til I was 35 so I found it hard to stay at jobs but these were my longest runs. I like my current job because it’s super flexible and my boss is ADHD and supports my mental health.


Foreign_Inspector686

I currently teach chess after school and I've lined up a 2IC position at one of the mall Santa pop ups I prefer retail work since it allows me to be on my feet and moving around, despite being an introvert I also benefit from the face to face interaction Some people with adhd make great entrepreneurs but not me and that's okay, I prefer roles that I can go home and not worry about, building a business is a consuming challenge and not something I personally value


What__arewedoinghere

Ya that makes a ton of sense! Pretty neat you teach chess. Trying to learn myself - such a complicated and amazing game. I’ve wondered if I have what it takes. I’m not the strongest executed but if I was pressured by it then I think that would change.


Foreign_Inspector686

I like chess, but I love teaching and I've learned more about it by teaching it than I could have hoped to with self study, funny how it works out huh :D


Granite_0681

I’m a scientist and now work in regulatory compliance at a very large company. However, my favorite parts of my job are the stretch assignments I’ve done where I met with people from other teams and help them either map out their processes, fix their process issues, or implement a new technology. I am very analytical but I love learning new things and frequently doing something different.


jerky_mcjerkface

This is similar to me, I’m in IT, but it’s kind of a hybrid role that has developed because I just like getting into a bit of everything haha. There’s project work implementing and configuring new software systems, there’s process and system improvement, analysis… a little bit of everything. Truth be told, they’re stretching a tad thin at the moment, but hopefully a few of the projects are winding up soon. Overall I think it’s a pretty good sort of role for me, I’m given a lot of flexibility and autonomy, because I’m mostly judged on my contributions and deliverables, but there’s always deadlines to keep me in check. Plus I get a bit of free reign to keep exploring and learning new things, which is perfect for keeping me engaged. BAU is boring as usual as far as I’m concerned! That said, I totally fell into the role after just taking random opportunities that sounded interesting as they came up. My background is more the commercial side of our business, so that plus the ADHD brain give me a pretty unique take on things vs the IT lifers in the team. Always good to have multiple perspectives looking at things :)


PhiliWorks39

You both resemble my preferred work as well. I’d love to obtain a title where I’m working with the separate teams figuring out what works, implementing it, when it doesn’t work trying something else. I’m currently in a hybrid role and slowly involved in less projects and I hate the thought of that happening to me. It might be good for my newly diagnosed ADHD though. I’ve always struggled with and still struggle with the interpersonal part of that work. Therapy, then career. Happy to read a couple of comments that sound just like me :-) I’d also love to be a flighty writer person who only has a few deadlines a quarter. Too many deadlines in this modern world!


compliancecat

Hey! I do GxP compliance! So funny. I love my job for all the reasons you stated.


pillmayken

I’m a therapist. I find people interesting so it’s not a hardship. The hours, caseload, and paperwork were hell for me in my previous jobs but I’m self employed now which helps a lot. That being said, I chose my career before even suspecting I had ADHD. And I did take longer than normal to get through school, but hey, I made it through!


idk-hereiam

I want to go back to school, but I struggled through my bachelor's. However! I just got diagnosed and started my meds. I think...I think I might be ready.


SnooDoubts1384

Good luck! But take the time you need (finding the right meds can take time) and don't put to much pressure on yourself. You got this!


OkFlipphone

I’m also a therapist.


wildwuchs

I'm on the road of becoming one eventually too. Mind if I ask you a few questions - for example where your ADHD clashes with the conversational skills required? I feel I'm always too direct or forget what people just said to me.


pillmayken

Conversational skills can be trained, and were indeed part of my own training. One of the issues I ran into was my body language and facial expressions, they were way too intense. As part of my training I had to see my first clients in a room with a two way mirror, while my professor and classmates looked on. Halfway through my first session, I noticed my reflection and realized that I had to tone it down, and with the help of the mirror I eventually managed it. As for my memory, I gave up and started taking notes during the session. If I leave it for later, not only there’s a good chance I will forget half of it, but also my executive functioning issues might kick in and I’ll end up with no notes whatsoever, which is no bueno.


ferocioustigercat

Critical care nurse. There are actually lots of undiagnosed ADHD nurses... It is helpful not be neurotypical in the ICU.


calgeo91

I’ve always had nursing in the back of my mind but now that I’m older and very much not managing it seems so impossible. Always wondered if I’d be able to be good at it


ferocioustigercat

School was hard. But actually working as a nurse? We are good at it.


sionnachrealta

Happy Cake Day!!! 🍰


ferocioustigercat

Oh wow, I didn't even realize that! Man time flies when we are living in a pandemic apocalyptic hellscape!


sionnachrealta

Mood 🤣. Also, just saying, my year was hell, and I can't even imagine what yours looked like. You deserve a fucking raise


happyhermit99

Never did ICU but by far the hardest part of nursing is all along knowing I have to chart and then the moment of actually charting.


ferocioustigercat

I got pretty good at memorizing the key strokes for charting "normal" and then just tried to remember the odd things. And also getting to my last assessment if the day and realizing I put NSR for my patient in A fib.


starrynyght

I’m currently working in a lab, but before this I was working as an EMT. I am pretty sure a rather significant majority of EMS and ED/trauma healthcare workers have ADHD lol. I struggled for a while figuring out where I’d be happiest in healthcare. While I ultimately decided against working in the ED for reasons other than the work itself, that will always be my happy place. I love working in ED trauma.


Summertime_S4ddnes

I wanna try for nursing next. Any tips for getting through school?


silentasarose

31, project analyst in healthcare with a specialization in process improvement. My need to always know more helps with deep dives into root cause analysis a lot. A lot easier to do data gathering now that I’m medicated. But my job by nature of it changes a bit every so often moving me projects so I stay relatively engaged.


aislingviolet28

Snap! I'm also 31 and working in health insurance and I'm a CX analyst/executive! My experience is the same I'm constantly working on new things and exploring different avenues so that helps me stay engaged too. I work on pushing through positive process improvements for our customers! I have a lot of days where it's solely hyperfocus and I'm really interested in the content too.


SopranoPixie_on_Set

Theme park entertainment. Lots of dance and on-stage performance. Also in my first semester of film school, looking into being a location scout but am open to other aspects of the industry.


Snakebunnies

I’m an illustrator. I have a pretty specific niche, and it’s been a really bumpy ride overall but things are starting to stable out for me a bit. Feast or famine as a business model can be a bit of a challenge. I’m not fantastic with money, but my ADHD / CPTSD reactivity / Dyscalculia combo pack makes it SUPER HARD to find more normal employment. It sounds like an excuse, but dealing with numbers, and with people who might yell at me is important in a frighteningly large amount of jobs. Even in the arts! However, an average neurotypical person probably also wouldn’t have my skill set, or my freakish hyperfocus. The main thing that’s tricky with my work is knowing what to charge, and remembering to get back to my clients in a timely manner. Oh, and managing my OWN projects that are more long term $$$$ oriented rather than client work which has an instant money payoff. Honestly doing it this way is 800x easier than doing the same type of work from an office. Strict schedules are hard for me. Bosses are hard for me. I love being able to fire a client and having 90% of the power in an interaction. I have an art studio I work out of, alone and with my three cats. Only real downside is the lack of coworkers. Or at least, coworkers with the boundaries to know NOT to lay on my desk. 😅


lattepeach

Also blessed with the adhd/cptsd/dyscalculia combo pack here 👋 honestly so horrified for when I need to job search (in uni and very unemployed rn)


Snakebunnies

Eyyyyy friend I feel you so hard lol. Best advice is therapy. My therapist helped me so much. But you gotta get the right one, and you gotta be financially stable enough to have health insurance :( Check out doing Etsy/Fiverr/ Upwork is one suggestion I have.


lattepeach

It’s reassuring to know I’m not alone. Was there any particular therapy that worked best for you? Or anything specific that was helpful with recovery really (especially on the CPTSD realm and functioning like an actual member of society a bit more part). I’m currently in the beginning stages of EMDR with a new psych but I guess I’ll have to see how it goes...


Snakebunnies

I did EMDR, it was super effective! I highly recommend that you spend a long time in the resourcing phase- develop a safe space, protecting and nurturing figures, a container, all that. Your therapist will know what all that is and if you have questions don’t be afraid to ask. Another big thing that helped me was getting on a good medication. I have tried just about every antidepressant there is, with results varying between NOTHING, *cant sleep* and psych hospital visit. ADHD meds aren’t that great for me either, I’m just incredibly sensitive to medication. But anyway the one magical pill for me is propanonol. It is amazing. It’s a blood pressure medication and I take half of the lowest possible dose. It’s mostly effective against the actual physical results of trauma- the hypervigilance, jumpiness, feeling of dread. I had already done a LOT of processing with EMDR, and it worked wonders for the mental side of PTSD. The ever-present horrible feelings of shame and unworthiness. But I did still struggle with my physical reactions of being triggered a lot. Be gentle on yourself! That’s the most important thing you can do. 💜 make sure your friendships are actually nurturing ones too.


kissmybunniebutt

Hey! Also an ADHD/cptd illustrator! I have a super overactive imagination and a complicated relationship with maladaptive daydreaming, and writing/illustrating is my way of steering into the skid. Im 35 and have had tons of "normal" jobs and they just...never worked out. I always ended up thrown into fits of existential dread for no particular reason. I'm lucky my SO is so supportive of me and my neurosis and makes a good steady income so we don't starve and shit. Cause art is a tumultuous creature and my income ebs and flows like a MF. But that's okay with me, because I have come to realize the job you have or the money you make doesn't define your worth as a human. We're more than what we do for money, ya know?


RoseRhythm

Not an illustrator, but I sometimes do illustrations - I'm a Product Designer and mostly do digital design and research. I've also worked in graphic design, and several of my jobs have leaned into my varied creative interests and tasked me with doing illustrations, branding, or data visualizations. My brain thrives on the creative, messy project spaces. Just have to stay "organized" using a lot of journals, lists, whiteboards, and daily cat cuddles from my two work from home feline friends.


powerbrow5000

I love that there are so many people here who are interested in process improvement and implementation - I’m a senior project manager at a non profit and yeah… I also love projects where I help a group of people figure out how to just get things done and not go insane. I think it’s because I have to think so hard about this kind of thing in my daily life for myself, it’s just what my brain wants to do


withthetapeandstring

I’m a senior associate project manager in advertising! I was just diagnosed when I was 26 so I’ve made it this far. I like that project management is super process oriented and if I find a project super boring and bad, at least I know it will end by a certain date. And I loooove that it has a process because I don’t get paralyzed with next steps. I just follow the timeline and know what to do next. So that helps a lot. I find I most struggle with super close attention to detail on some towers which gets me in a little trouble


penisland-com

Getting my doctorate in clinical psychology! I’m working as a supervised psychologist right now and after testing people for ADHD for over a year, I realized it was ME that had ADHD 😂


TMNJ1021

You wouldn’t be the first psychologist that’s happened to! 🙋🏻‍♀️


tortilla5000

I’ve always worked in food and beverage. Pretty much any and all positions. I found I did my best and was happiest when I was cooking. Did my worst and was unhappiest when I was managing a team of people. I’ve toyed with the idea of having my own business(es) but tbh I don’t want to be responsible for EVERYTHING and do really well when I’m working for someone else or a company. *editing to add: Cooking has always been a huge passion of mine and the fact that you have to do lots of things at once and menus change help with me getting bored and distracted and leaving. That being said I usually last no more than one year at any job lol


acaciaskye

I’m a clinical trainer at Planned Parenthood! I train new staff and sometimes provide coverage when they need people. I love it a lot- I struggle with the details of paperwork and stuff but I’m always moving or doing something so I don’t get too bored. They talked to me about leading webinars of “classroom style” trainings and even the thought made my bones itchy, I like to be in the mix. It’s hard, there’s not a great amount of routine and I travel A LOT. Plus working in abortion care has it’s own ups and downs! But overall it’s rewarding and I’m happy, and most importantly I’m fucking good at it.


calgeo91

I made a post awhile back asking this same question! I think just discovering it now at 30 has rocked all sense of self around, and now I have no idea what I may be good at, or what I would actually choose to do if I could identify my strengths. I’ve worked in healthcare since graduating college, specifically as a transplant coordinator, and I think the chaos and unpredictability of the role worked for me most of the time. Now either the pandemic and WFH a majority of the time, I’m really struggling and not sure where my path will take me and I’m stressing over it


What__arewedoinghere

You’re not alone, I’m here stressing too haha. The environment changes and so sometimes the plant needs to be repotted and that’s how I feel. Like I was a lovely little houseplant happy in a pot but maybe some droopy leaves but maybe I could be a tree ya know? If I just plant myself somewhere else? So I’m stressing on that too.


idk-hereiam

Loving this analogy


ChristBefallen

this is me at 30-31. I am looooossssstttttttttt. I'm working at a movie theater now, like 2-3 days in and I already got in trouble lol for saying I could clean circles around these kids.


ForeignEar9923

Stay at home mom. I am my own boss that way. It’s working well for me.


AdAny4473

Research coordinator- specifically cancer research. I manage cancer clinical trials at a hospital. I overcompensate for my adhd by using the one note program on my computer. It is my life line. I write down literally everything and have many different tabs and pages and lists for different things. I also set myself reminders that link to outlook constantly since I have trouble remembering to follow up on things. Before that I was a registered vet tech. I think my adhd flew under the radar there because it was a really intense fast paced environment always jumping from one thing to the next and it was also somewhat of a toxic environment. Everyone was mad a lot so my low frustration tolerance and all-over-the-place-ness wasn’t a huge deal because everyone kind of was.


idk-hereiam

Okay question I've had forever and *maybe* you'll be able to answer......who comes up with the research topic and who funds it? That might be too big of a question so feel free to not answer. And another question, how would I become a research coordinator? Like, what's the entry level position for that.. degree, qualifications, etc. I have a bachelor's in public health and sociology.


AdAny4473

To to first question- lots of people come up with the research and fund it. Drug companies/physicians that work at drug companies. Cooperative groups like NRG and NSABP (government funded), NCI. They all come up with and fund the research which is then carried out at hospitals all over the world. For internal research a physician usually writes the protocol and gets some type of funding (grant, gift, research fund etc) For the second question entry level research coordinator requires a bachelors usually so having a bachelors in public health would be perfect. Lots of people have that background in my department.


B1NG_P0T

I'm a professor. For what it's worth, I think being a professor is really the ideal job for a lot of people with adhd. I basically feel like I work for myself (but with the security of guaranteed income and health insurance); no one ever micromanages me. I get to come up with my own processes for how I want to do shit. I can teach my classes in any way that I want. I can be as creative as I want to be. My days are fairly flexible, so if I'm just not feeling it, I can get up and do something else. I get to decide when I start and stop working. I can take plenty of breaks throughout the day. And every semester is a brand new fresh start.


OnlyChatWifey

How did you get through all of the school it took to achieve where you are now?! I'm struggling to get a bachelors.


B1NG_P0T

I was really fortunate to go to a very good school system in elementary school and high school and I learned the basics of good, effective study skills and how to budget my time there, which really helped. My dad has severe ADHD and is a professor, so I knew that it was possible for people with ADHD to be professors. I'm not sure I even would have considered it, otherwise.


OnlyChatWifey

Wow. You are an inspiration. That's a huge achievement for anyone but to add adhd to the demands on your brain...wow!!! I'm so proud of you. Your story makes me tear up and gives me hope I can finish my degree too. Thank you.


Lady_Creature

31, I work at a school for neurodiverse teens and adults! Getting my masters in rehabilitation counseling. Rehabilitation= disability, not addiction (a little confusing). Honestly it’s been the best place to be accepted for who I am and gave me room to grow.


thebottomofawhale

I work with Neurodiverse kids! I'm truing to finish my undergrad but my current job is perfect for me. Focused, routined, planned and organised by someone else,I never need to do things when I get home, I love working with the kids. I really need to finish my undergrad and move on because the pay is so bad but I'm really struggling.


Lady_Creature

That’s awesome! The pay at my school is also not amazing as a nonprofit and I’m lucky to have a partner that makes more than double my salary. I’m hoping to go into private practice one day for the money. It’s unfortunate people in our line of work make so little money, regular teachers included.


thebottomofawhale

It totally is! And it's not something just anyone can so well. It's just a shame its not valued.


Snoo1528

I work with neurodiverse middle schoolers! Special Ed teacher here. Awesome job


MayBeStillTurningOut

I’m 24 and I am an educator in a group home for adults with autism and behavioural issues. It’s true that it’s a very accepting environment, I even got the job as team leader after talking about my ADHD in my interview (they did know about my ADHD beforehand)


rannee1602

Accountant— and I love it as long as I’m able to stay busy.


NamirDrago

Accountant here too, but an internal company accountant not an accounting firm or tax accountant. It has its routines and timelines (monthly, quarterly, annually) and in between there's projects and processes and things to dig into that satisfy my ADHD brain, with enough routine to keep moving forward. I'm working on getting into Business Analysis now, which aligns with the projects and part of being in a growing company.


zappy_snapps

I run my own gardening business, with my partner, who also has adhd.


crazy4zoo

This is my dream


zappy_snapps

It's honestly been the best job I've ever had, and the two years since I started have been the best time of my adult life (in my mid 30s now)


crazy4zoo

I want to open a small greenhouse/ garden shop. I already sell vegetables plants from home for the growing season but I want an actual store one day


hermoine4pres

Working on getting my gardening business started and doing it full time in a few years!


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elyse-on-reddit

I'm currently a triple major in environmental engineering, aeronautical engineering and fashion design. My current job is working under one of my academic advisors doing research, running labs, writing papers and helping my advisor make things for his required research. I also have an etsy shop where I sell clothes and other garments I make. My ideal job is working with NASA, building space crafts and solving current issues in the industry. I also want to expand my fashion brand.


nikkihart188

This just gave me anxiety. I’m out ✌🏼


washboardalarm

Same. Nope! Too much


wasporchidlouixse

Mate


elyse-on-reddit

What? Lol


wasporchidlouixse

That's alot!! I would not argue with your diagnosis for a second, I'm very impressed


_enter_sadman

I co-own a salon with my best friend who also has adhd. We each employ our own assistant and we rent 2 chairs to 2 other independent stylists. I work 4 days behind the chair a week and have done freelance education training other stylists in the area. I want to dig more in to the education realm and would love to travel and teach at salons in the US and abroad. I think I have the knack for it but it is hard to plan lessons - I’m so in the moment that sitting down to create a fully flushed out idea for a class is daunting. Hair has been great because it’s different every day and after going in to business myself I got a LOT of freedom in scheduling and I make very good money. Sometimes I think about doing something else but only because the work is extremely physical and you can easily get burnt out from that or from the customer service/ social aspect.


Berskunk

I’m a hairdresser too. I find the social aspect the most challenging personally. I am an introvert with social anxiety and ADHD. It can be hard to get out of my own head and meet/anticipate the expectations of clients. It’s been especially challenging working throughout the pandemic - people are generally very cooperative but everyone brings their pandemic feelings with them, and I am very empathic.


wasporchidlouixse

Well I've been fired from three admin roles this year out of the four I've held. I studied television production and worked in that sector for a bit. But my passion is music, it's just a struggle turning that hobby into a profitable career. Currently work at a gas station and it's kinda the best suited job to me I can find, but I do still get in trouble for doing 'dumb' things sometimes. Might get a second job at Subway again. I had three jobs at one point this year. Most of the comments on this post are very depressing for me, but also makes me feel a bit less of an idiot. We take on more than we can handle because we want to be occupied. And then we get stressed. I'm hoping that writing about all this to my doctor will help me get medication. Just diagnosed a year ago, aged 26 now.


Intelligent-Ad-9006

I'm a journalist and magazine editor. I love it because there's a lot of variety so I never get bored. Also it's usually a 9-5 so I can get a routine going. I'm going to have to leave at the end of the year though because the pay is crap and won't be increasing any time soon.


What__arewedoinghere

What a bummer! Wish they paid you better. I’ve considered something like consulting too because I think I need that variety!


vilaineky

I’m a nursing assistant planning to get my RN- absolutely love caring for others, love learning about medications and treatments, and the fast paced at times crazy environment of the hospital. Love the adrenaline and love connecting with patients emotionally. Surprisingly, this is the only aspect of my life that my ADHD doesn’t hinder. (Except succeeding in school- hence why I’ve been a CNA for 6 years lol)


Blewbe

Early 30s, full time grocery retail. I like to joke that I'm a shelf monkey or a box monkey. I open boxes and put things on shelves. I like that it's a decently physical job, so I get my excersize. Turns out I have a pretty good visual/spatial memory too, so if I see a picture of a product I can recall (>90% accuracy within my 'department', closer to 80% for the rest of the store) *if* my store carries a product and *where* it is on the shelves. Since I work daytime and my company is fairly customer-service-oriented I also do a lot of leading people around, finding specific items, or looking them up in our inventory system. I seem to be good at that part too, but that's definitely a learned attitude/skill.


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jerky_mcjerkface

Homeschooling mum with ADHD sounds like it could have been a really interesting journey! Do your kid(s) have ADHD too?


koareng

I’m a graduate student studying bioinformatics. I like working in research because (at least in my field) the project lifecycle is pretty short, and I work on several projects at once, so it’s pretty hard to get bored! Once I finish my degree I’m hoping to either stay in academia in a bioinformatics technician sort of role, or work for a company as a data scientist.


hy_perion

I’m a psychiatric nurse, only diagnosed this year. I don’t work on the floor, I’m now in a strange admissions/consulting role that I love.


Custard_Tart_Addict

I don’t do anything I’m a burden on my family


can-i-pet-ur-doge

ngl i was feeling rlly shitty reading all of these things people do since i’m unemployed as well. glad i’m not alone at least. honestly can’t see myself working at least now, staying alive is hard enough.


Custard_Tart_Addict

Yeah I feel that. *hugs*


pinkocelot

Yeah unfortunately these kinds of posts are upsetting. Like I'm glad so many people are successful but for me just reminds me of what a failure and burden I am. It's hard enough in real life explaining to people why I don't/can't work.


floresynthesis

Big internet hugs, that's a sucky feeling


Custard_Tart_Addict

*hugs*


itsfine87

I'm sure a ton of folks on this post have been there. That was me for a solid 6 months last year. Big hugs to you.


Custard_Tart_Addict

Aww thanks *hugs back*


LinnSamirCat

Yeah, it had to be said. I'm 34 years old and have never been able to work. I finished my highschool 6 years too late due to mental illness, only part-time, and studied a creative course at uni part-time, but that I was really close on not following through with that one. And it didn't give me job, just made me better at writing. I will never be able to work, my doctors and my family agree. I have been so ill for decades, I don't possess the ability to be away from home and do exhausting stuff. I barely manage my house and have carers come home to me every week. I can't have kids because I can hardly take care of myself and my cat. I have other disorders than "just" ADHD, but I feel very, very alone and like a massive failure when reading this thread...


Custard_Tart_Addict

*hugs* I’m sorry I used to work then I didn’t I got too used to it. I’m afraid because I don’t have the focus for some jobs, the physical strength for others, or the hearing for others… I’m constantly hearing people wrong and it’s gotten me in trouble my whole life.


ReductioAdAbsurdumbo

Well fuck. Same 😭


Custard_Tart_Addict

*hug*


buzzwizzlesizzle

I majored in musical theatre but with the pandemic I had to find something to do quick, and fell into nannying! Which I LOVE and I don’t wanna do it forever but it’s definitely making me happy now and kids are basically just little adhd monsters and there’s always play-do and bubbles on hand which is good for MY adhd monster. It’s a LOT of work I’m literally raising kids with someone else, but they are so sweet and it’s very rewarding because they grow so fast and you can SEE the work you put in to their care! It’s so much more fulfilling than I thought it would be, but I know not every nanny has the lucky experience I’ve had. Some families can be horrible and it would just NOT be a good environment for someone with adhd bahaha.


ImpossibleEggplant23

I was a nanny for several years and I LOVED it! I was a teacher before that, then a nanny, now a photographer :)


I_Could_Have_Sworn

I was a high school English teacher for 5 years, and now I work in management in tech. We do web development/marketing/SEO for small business owners!


saffronwilderness

I am a middle school science teacher. I actually love it! I feel like sometimes having ADD is helpful because certain parts of the job don't stress me out as much as some teachers. It also helps because I can empathize with students who are also ND and am on a team that reviews cases for students who are struggling emotionally and behaviorally. This year is harder though, and I'm not sure why. The kids are tougher to reach, their skills are lower (blame the Rona for that), and pandemic teaching SUCKS. We had 5 teachers out Monday and only 1 sub. We only have 29 teachers on staff, so that's a huge percentage of staff out. It's untenable right now. I anticipate going to hybrid soon, but the community will FREAK OUT when that happens.


coconutspeech

Currently have a not-so-midlife crisis deciding whether I want to do something serious in criminology or something fun in the entertainment industry


silvercircularcorpse

Editor (structural/stylistic/copy). Currently in marketing. I feel like poring through text for inconsistencies sounds like a tedious nightmare for most people and NOT a task for supposedly non-detail-oriented and verbose ADHD people or people with visual scanning deficiencies (I have this). And yet? Maybe my brain is just weird in some additional ways on top of the ADHD but my friend hyperfocus STANS the work of getting all the commas in there and making the document all nice and sensical. It works for me because I love problem solving, and that’s the whole job. I get a dopamine rush from correcting errors. I love learning about all kinds of different things. I love and require a deadline. The industry is also super standardized, so my tasks are highly specific and well defined: develop a brief, edit for structure, edit for style, incorporate revisions. Most of the time, my assignments at the agency where I work can get CHECKED OFF MY LIST in under three hours. Something about editing that’s also great I think for my ADHD is that I rarely have to start from scratch. Someone already wrote the thing; I simply continue it. Also, working from home for a company that isn’t watching to make sure I clock in at 9 on the dot has removed the exhaustion of transitioning from home to bus to work every morning while stressing that I’m going to be late. That said, I just got diagnosed this year at 34, and when I was in high school, if anyone had recognized my disability, acknowledged my struggle, or even just paused on continuously gaslighting me that I was a pillar of executive functioning because I got good grades, I would have gone to art school.


veggiesandsnatches

I work in tech. Started on telephone help desk, then desktop support, then systems administration, and now I work in infrastructure engineering. I work from home most days, I have a lot of flexibility in my work hours and when I get things done - the key is finding a place that allows you to structure your work in a way that works for you. I can't deal with micromanaging, and have quit other companies because of it.


PuzzleheadedWar4937

I’m an art dealer


Thetansinator

I’m a freelance makeup and sfx artist in film and tv - honestly I thrive at this. Before I worked in production side of film and tv - a lot of office work and long projects that I would end up leaving or being let go because I would get complacent and make stupid mistakes (undiagnosed adhd). I only got diagnosed in January this year at 35 - so it makes sense that when I made the switch to being a makeup artist 9 years ago - my career has gone from strength to strength and it even brought me from London to Los Angeles, I love the fact that I meet new people, go to new locations and also do different types of makeup and characters on every job - it keeps me passionate! Love seeing what other fellow ADHD women are doing! I realized that being in the same space for a long period with the same people - makes me go insane and start struggling. Even in my field now if I got offered to be a personal to a celebrity I couldn’t do it because I know - the dopamine would go and I would get bored doing the same face all the time. Oh also since being medicated - it now takes me around 30 mins to pack my makeup kit for jobs as opposed to hours sometimes unmedicated and pre diagnosis and be forgetful and lose track on what I had packed so far etc.


mockingjay137

I got a degree in architecture and worked in a firm for 2.5 years post graduation. The work itself wasn't too bad but it was mostly just tedious about 65% of the time, and I HATED the 8-5 M-F grind. Absolutely could not stand it, and it tanked my mental health. I was let go last year in a round of layoffs due to covid and ended up taking a job as a stable hand at a local private school where I help care for ~60 horses and ponies and help maintain the barns. I originally took this job as a temporary thing while I figured out what I wanted to do with my degree, but I honestly absolutely fell in love with the job by the end of day 1. I grew up riding horses and had to give it up when I went to college, but my passion for horses never faded. Now I have plans to stay put, and potentially get an online equine studies degree and learn how to be a stable manager or become a trainer!


wandering_life25

Do something that you are passionate about and can hyper focus on. I’m a waitress and I love that shit. I love working my ass off during a shift and getting an instant reward (money) before I leave to go home. It’s instant gratification. “Serving/ bartending isn’t a real job” let people think that allll they fuckinf want because when you get into the right place with the right menu prices and get those bills high in price... ooof the money is worth it. Let the haters hate.. more money for us ;)


extraspicykitten

I work for the provincial government in my country. The role is a mix of reading documents and summarizing them, and providing advice based on what I have read. It's kind of like school with assigned reading but with easy assignments. I don't know if it's a good fit for my adhd, I often feed bad that I'm only productive an hour or two a day, but it seems like that is the norm for offic jobs.


KaleidoscopeLazy4680

Lawyer 😭 I love it but it is a struggle. About to start medication, hoping that helps me feel less overwhelmed


TemporarySelection6

I’m currently getting my Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Being able to work with my hands all day is really great for my ADHD, but the grant writing and needing to be self motivated is not. You win some you lose some I guess!


Some1getmeablanket

As someone who failed ochem the first time and barely scraped by with a D the second time, I think you are so so cool. Congrats (in advance) for your Ph.D.!!


Artichoke_Persephone

I’m a high school music teacher. It is perfect for my ADHD. There is a strict timetable There are set in stone deadlines for all paperwork I’m super into music, so in my spare time I run 3 choirs and a musical theatre group which allows me to flex my creative muscles. I don’t have to sit at a desk all day, I can move around as I please, and I have a little bit more time off than others to recharge my brain.


Artichoke_Persephone

Also want to add that I won the coworker lottery. There are two other music teachers and one LOVES creating written resources, the other LOVES sound tech- both ADHD hells of mine. I LOVE the prac side of music and will donate as much time I can to helping the kids with performing. It is a match made in heaven.


LostAzrdraco

I've worked in offices doing research for most of my life. I'm nosey and I love to read and write, so it suits me. I also have an amazing boss who is very understanding and makes sure that I put everything on my calendar so that I don't lose track of things. Currently, I'm doing full time work, full time school, and full time single parent. It keeps me busy and I can always do something productive while avoiding other tasks.


sarrahcha

How do you get a job just doing research? That's pretty much my dream.


LostAzrdraco

Well, I do a little bit more than research, but the research is a big part of my job. I started off in a very low level kind of data entry. But I'm super nosy, so I used to read everything as I'm entering it and I wanted to know more about what happened before things came to my desk and what happened after they came to my desk. So I started asking to help out with more of the ancillary tasks to my job and taking on more responsibility in my role. After a few years, I was pretty much cross trained on most of the aspects of the job at that company. However, I still wasn't making a ton of money, so I looked into it and found a certificate program that I could take to progress to the next level. So by the end of it, with just an associate's degree, a certificate, and a history of work in the business, I applied to every single job I could find and I was hired on at a relatively low level at my current job. And then over the last six or seven years I've gotten raises up to the point where it's considered above median for my job title. Quite frankly, each time I applied for something, I was applying well under my skill level. But that made me look like a more attractive candidate cuz I was overqualified. And then I pursued raises and other avenue is to get up to where I wanted to be once I was already hired. Mostly because other people made me, because I am the worst advocate for myself.


What__arewedoinghere

Oh very cool! Haha yeah I’m doing WFH too and I have a love hate relationship. I miss the social interactions and the communal accountability but I do like the task jumping and unique working hours. Seems there’s more flex to that these days because you’re not being monitored


What__arewedoinghere

Also RESPECT! Three full time jobs yikes!!


LostAzrdraco

Lol, I'm the worst at over scheduling myself. 🤣


What__arewedoinghere

Preach haha I feel you there. Hang in there mama!


Zredbird13

This sounds like my dream job 🥺🥺 how do you get into this do you have any advice??! I’m a recent graduate and unemployed


LostAzrdraco

I put a much longer response under another thread. But basically, I started at a very low level position, and then took on more responsibility until I knew what I was doing in the job that I wanted. And then I got a certificate in the job that I wanted and applied to every single opening that I could find. I'm a terrible advocate for myself, so it was easier for me to apply to jobs that I was overqualified for and take those and then push to get raises once I was already hired at the company and demonstrated that I was a good worker.


Only-Outlandishness

I’m in the film industry, hoping to be a film editor. Currently a Post Production Coordinator, but just starting out in my career.


princess_ferocious

I started with data entry temp jobs after I dropped out of uni, cause I'm a fast and accurate typist. I discovered I had a talent for data handling and an analytical mind, and that made me valuable as a temp. I did a lot of long assignments, and took on a couple of permanent roles for a while, but I mostly enjoyed the freedom of temping. It meant I could save up and spend six months travelling Europe in my late 20s :D I'm currently working in a permanent role as a customer care consultant - we enter and process orders - but my boss has picked up on my analytical skills, and I've been offered a promotion to found a new team handling incoming online customer queries and analysing how they get handled. I'm looking forward to it! My brain likes playing with patterns.


a-girl-named-kat

I’m a quality engineer, I got my degree in chemistry but I wouldn’t recommend that, I encourage everyone to just go straight into engineering, it’s way better and It keeps me busy. I like to have a lot of things to do all the time


mostly_ok_now

I'm a commercial construction Project Manager. I got into it by fixing a GC's books and tax situation on the side (came from financial accounting). Once I fixed everything in short order the owner was like "you're smart, you can do this." And I've now been a PM for commercial builds for 7 years now. I'm on my third GC and they all saw me as a rockstar. I like being handed a project every 2 months - 8 months and being told to build something I may or may not be familiar with. I figure it out every time. It's rather perfect for me.


arbarrtheaardvark

Waitress. I worked my way up from busser at a diner to assistant GM at a large local chain, including a few years in the kitchen. Learned a LOT about handling interpersonal conflicts and how to manage others, but it took a lot of mistakes and incredible amounts of stress. After I left the agm position, I managed at a lower level for a bit at the next job and then covid hit a month or 2 after starting there. I knew the business wouldn't make it through and that my hours would be limited as it was so I took on a serving job at a spot I had always considered too nice for me. But with covid going on they were more open to people without fine dining experience. The place I was managing did eventually close and I've been full time at the newer spot ever since. I found out that fine dining is actually waaaayyy easier to do than casual spots, and I make more money than I did in any other position anywhere else while working fewer hours. I've had office jobs, but the consistent schedule and monotony of office work leaves me bored. Restaurant work keeps me active, utilizes a lot of multitasking and creative problem solving, allows me to be silly or cranky without it seeming inappropriate or weird because we're all a little nuts haha... and while the ever changing schedule can be hard at times it just works better for me for some reason. I even get to indulge my hyperfocus for organizing because there's aaaaalways something that could be set up more efficiently, and my bosses love how I keep the wine storage and walk-in neat and tidy. I just wish I enjoyed doing the same with my own stuff hehe. I studied music with the intention of being a performing musician but found that I just can't self manage at the level needed to make that a career... I also have always had a knack for languages, and recently began learning Korean on my own, and I've surprised myself with how consistent I've been about dedicating time every day to study. I learned Spanish in HS and am still pretty fluent, and learned Latin to a point where I could translate some pretty dense texts and write in it. Once was at conversational speaking and writing in Mandarin after a year of study in 6th grade (have forgotten most of it due to not using it, but it makes me think I could relearn easily if I decided to take it up again). I used to think maybe I should have gone into linguistics, but figured oh well too late... but now I'm wondering if maybe a career in translation might be a good fit. I'm interested to find out where life leads me, since I know my chronic pain issues will eventually force me to give up the service industry. Sorry for the essay, I only communicate in single sentences or complete written histories, no in between hah.


NikkiGlaser

Comedian.


MaudlinMandrake

Never had a proper “career” - just a long string of minimum wage jobs. Currently working as a barista and back in school for software development after being a stay-at-home mom for the past six years.


gottarespondtothis

I’m an executive asst with an executive function disorder. Oops.


ipomoea

I’m a children’s librarian in a public library. I also do reference work— the questions are never the same, but I have a lot of regular patrons so I do build personal relationships with people. I spent my 20s doing retail and working in my college library and what I liked in retail was helping people find things and solve problems but I hated dealing with money. I went back to undergrad at 26, and started my MLIS at 30. I became a librarian at 32 and was diagnosed at age 38.


spinksen13

I'm an interior designer and I've been self employed for almost 10 yrs. I'm 36 and was diagnosed at 34. Game changer as an entrepreneur. Before being diagnosed I found it difficult to self motivate obviously, ADHD to the extreme. I was either busy with too much on my plate because, procrastination or had no work. I honestly don't know what I use to do with my days most of the time but they would just slip away. At 32 I decided to get my shit together and try to become more financially stable. I couldn't get anywhere though, felt like I was chasing my tail. Then I realized what my issue was and once I became medicated, my business really took off. Before I was living project to project (paycheck to paycheck) now I'm thriving and have had to hire help. It's crazy what a difference. I also love my work so much more now that I'm not always working under pressure because I procrastinated everything. I love what I do but even more I love the freedom I have. I don't do well with bosses, authority figures, offices, etc. I have been working from home in my sweatpants for almost a decade and wouldn't have it any other way!


Peehoo99

I was an asshole real estate agent for nearly 10 years. I had my daughter nearly three years ago and I can’t be bothered to go back to work or do anything 😅 I just can’t see anything working out for me anymore 😬


AmyDragonLady

Lawyer. Someone shared a stat that 12% of lawyers are diagnosed ADD/ADHD, so you will fit in. Flexible schedule if you work as a solo practitioner or in a small firm. Laser focus is good for getting a really tough brief finished (at the last minute of course). The “oversharing” can make you more relatable with clients. I’ve lived undiagnosed for 50+ years, but lately the symptoms are getting unmanageable (due to menopause, I suspect.


_Waffletort

I'm an illustrator and graphic designer (32), working for myself. There's a lot of benefits for ADHD mind in what I do (working in different projects, being able to use a lot of different media, flexible hours, being able to use the peak of energy and interest into something nice really quick) and a lot of challenges (organizing all the projects and priorities, making yourself do the repetitive non-fun part of the work, such as looking for clients, paperwork, money managing and finishing that project that you lost all the interest in but are committed to...) I've been struggling with this for three years now, and with the pandemic my executive disfunction hit really hard. I'm pretty sure I would have struggled a lot less with a little bit more of external structure (also known as a job) I'm only overcoming all those stuff now, with medication -couldn't do it with cognitive comportamental therapy alone. I do believe that once I can structure a routine that is balanced enough between novelty and bureaucracy I'll be able to thrive a little more. It's been hard, but satisfying already. I've had a lot of personal growth during this time. I couldn't last much time in jobs before cause after a while it got boring, so I ended up quitting and so and so. I think this is the kind of "puzzle" that keeps me wired enough to want to overcome the challenges and stick to whats coming next. :) So yeah 6 stars out of 10 I totally recommend it 😂


Katzenseltzer

I landed a job as a geologist right after finishing my degree (at 45, y’all) and I loved it! In fact, I loved it so much that I did it very well, and I kept getting promoted. So that now I am at a barely-tolerable and totally-faking-it level of incompetence as (I am not kidding) a PROJECT MANAGER. HTF did this happen? Can I please go back outside and play in the dirt again? PS - diagnosed at 50.


Summertime_S4ddnes

Anyone hiring I’m dead serious lol I will try literally any career


MsSiennaCharles

I'm an escort (legal in my country, Americans) and recently diagnosed so this work has been really good for me. * Flexible hours that I can choose myself, * Excellent pay, * Time off whenever I need it (though no sick leave pay), * Interacting with people, which I love to do, * Social justice and sex work law reform are special interests now and I can hyperforcus on those to my heart's content!


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frecklefacefoxx

I'm a preschool teacher. It's stressful, I'm tired by lunchtime everyday, BUT lots of creativity, kids are easier for me to socialize with sometimes, everyday is different, and I have a lot of ability to hyperfocus on different things. It's spring and I'm feeling the garden? - great, I'm a garden teacher. It's winter and I'm feeling like sewing? - great, kids are so proud to learn to sew.


9043bluefoxwag

28yo, Lead Designer at a Custom Home and Remodeling firm. Before meds - fucking nightmare. After meds, so much clarity and I feel amazing. Wish I spoke up sooner. I have ADD, my father and brother have severe ADHD.


Andiloo11

Trying to be a full time English professor (currently adjuncting and substitute teaching. Some other freelance teaching. Uber in summer). Lot of creativity and freedom to design my class and lessons that you don't get in K-12, plus a more flexible schedule for now (I can sub lots of different types of classes on my non college days or take a day off when I need). But many part time things is a bit chaotic sometimes. Could use the money of a fulll gig lol. Hardest for me is grading essays. Trying to stay focused and timely is difficult. Wish I could ask for accommodations but I just gotta make some for myself. I do promise never to rush through and grade if I don't have good attention so I am not unfair to my students. Sometimes that means they wait a bit longer though.


Upset-Collection-773

I’m a firefighter/paramedic. Best job for my brain and I didn’t know I had ADHD until this year. Been doing this for ten years.


queengabgab

I’m a first year medical student. Got diagnosed some months ago. ADHD might make things hard but I’m proud and happy to be where I’m at in life career/school wise


Strawberry360

Former innovation and technology strategy consultant, now a principal product manager for a series B start up, leading 3 products. I was diagnosed at 28 and the difference being medicated has done to my self confidence and ability to do “the boring stuff” that is natural as you progress in your career, was… words can’t explain. Within 3 months of getting my diagnosis I had a new job, within 6 months I’d tripled my salary and was leading 8 figure transformation projects across the globe. That being said - and I don’t know if it’s just me - ADHD tends to impact my private or day to day life (I.e paying bills on time, or taking things to the dry cleaners, or EATING at all) much more, than it does my work life. Work I can structure and find the excitement in. Bills and cooking and shopping and cleaning… not so much!


dangerousfeather

I'm a physical therapist. I need an environment with structure, and the rigid rules of healthcare (basically, don't make Medicare mad and get all your charges billed on time) force me to comply. Outside of that, it's a profession that gives me a lot of flexibility to think outside the box, explore problems, and be constantly stimulated. I still struggle a lot with time management and black-and-white thinking. I was fired from my first job for reasons that ultimately come back to ADHD and my mental health. I've been in my current job for 5.5 years now, and I'm still convinced I'll be fired just about daily. Thanks, rejection sensitivity!


LadyGisela

I’m a social worker who works with vulnerable families that are at risk of losing their children. It’s a daily struggle sometimes to keep my imposter syndrome at bay and brain under control!


TeaTimeWithHarley

Currently I gig events as “talent” or a “marketing professional” through talent agencies. (Reputable ones that I heavily vetted first. There are definitely scams out there) I’ve spent almost my entire career in customer service, field marketing, and sales. Face to face people stuff even though I’m very introverted. People skills can be learned. Anyway, Last winter, after being in a pretty toxic sales gig for too long (it paid a lot) I burnt out hard. I’m still recovering. This is a great way for me to have complete control over my schedule for self care and appointments, maintain an income, and stay active in my field until I’m ready for my next step. (Considering claims adjusting if anyone has input for that field) Also gigs are usually local and around $25/hr so it is worth the time as far as very part time jobs go.


Waitandbleed5676

I’m a start up technician for an hvac company I’ll go out to the site and do stuff idk I don’t really pay attention at the job site I just make it work then leave


antiquewatermelon

Special ed preschool teacher! We rotate activities every 20-30 minutes, the kids are sweet, and it’s never dull. Biggest barriers are not having energy during circle time and immediately forgetting information my coworkers give me, but hey, I’ll take it


MadamJules

I am an independent stylist with my own salon chair


Beytres

I was in the restaurant industry. Was fine at it since it was fast paced. But after a while I was just doing it to have money and was too comfortable where I was to look elsewhere. It was also just hard for me to motivate to apply and interview. I finally got out of the industry after over a decade after being assaulted over pizza (it actually was a huge blessing believe it or not). That finally pushed me to quit and switch careers. I went to logistics works for customer service pretty much for 2 years and did very well at it, despite not really loving what I did. I just don’t like getting lectured/yelled at so I do things how I was showed and did my best not to cut corners so it seemed like I cared about what I did (I did to an extent). I got bored after the repetition and felt like I “mastered” it but there wasn’t really any growth. Even if I could get promoted to the next level, I would end up doing the same thing on top of the duties that role entails due to how busy logistics is. Even though the next position is more project oriented under normal circumstances. So I applied other places for a while but not very aggressively. I got hired on as a customer service representative for a bank, not at the branch level but for customer service for other companies. I will see how it goes. I am pretty excited especially since it was a pretty decent sized pay bump that I didn’t think I would get to after switch carriers for a few years. I tried doing the whole entrepreneur thing and I’m just not organized to keep up with all the moving parts. I have the ideas but not the execution.


lcbtexas

I’m a petroleum geophysicist. I went to the school for it for 6 years and now ive been working for 6 years. Lost interest in it 3 years ago and every day is like dragging my ass along towards the finish line with no initiative or enthusiasm. I want to do something else but at 31 with a highly specific set of skills that don’t translate well to anything else, I have no idea what that might be. haha


p00d13

thank you for asking this! i would love to be an entrepreneur or offer something very specific to my skills/interests, I just wish someone would tell me what that is 😅 i was just recently diagnosed but have been in tech communications / PR / a niche area of enterprise communications since college. i'm super lucky that my employer is flexible and really prioritizes employees' wellbeing. but the diagnosis + realizing how hard things have been for me over the years have made me realize that I want to explore more things.


Claygurl

I dropped out of school and moved to a city and worked as a professional fashion photographer from 15, which I loved! But the industry/crazy amount of time spent on computers got to me, so did monetising my passion so much. Now I have a ceramics business and freaking love making things from clay and it’s so good for my mental health, but I also have online passive income projects (selling courses, other digital content) which pays my way through life. I can’t imagine having a *regular* job, I’ve just always been chasing the dopamine, thank you ADHD. 😂


citydreef

I am a doctor, currently pursuing my PhD. I have to be honest: it’s rough. Especially the phd part. First part of med school was kind of ok, I got through it with mediocre grades but passed and then I shined when internships started. Lots of different little tasks to do, lots of social interactions, for lack of a better word, a “noble, meaningful” profession. I love it. My PhD was a decision where I wanted to see if I could do it and to challenge my scientific/academical side (med school is more about learning than actually performing real science like in the lab etc). Not to be too arrogant, but I have the intelligence to sometimes counteract my adhd, so that made it less difficult. Wouldn’t say easier, just.. less struggles.


s0lid-g0ld

I have had the following jobs: Housekeeper Barista Bartender Stripper Bartender again Data entry Cashier Vehicle auction coordinator Administration Assistant Payroll Assistant Barista again Personal Assistant And currently: Funeral Director's Assistant