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ADHD Work Stories: The Jobs You Love and Loathe

think is the perfect fit may actually involve some bumps, detours, and even crashes that leave you feeling more like a professional failure.Don’t give up! Understanding what you want (and need) from a job takes work. (No pun intended.) As many of us know, it may take one or more false starts to get there.Adults with ADHD can thrive at work if that work aligns with their passions and strengths. Here, ADDitude readers share their work stories about jobs they love and some they loathe.

Share your stories about your disastrous or favorite jobs in the Comments section below.“I started my career as a legal secretary. I had to keep track of everything — calendars, filings, reports, etc. I was simply not up to par, and it was a real blow to my confidence.

I am smart, but my inability to keep track of things, prioritize, pay attention to details, and so on let me down. At the time, I was undiagnosed, and I now understand that the job I picked was one of the hardest for me to do. Now, I work for myself.

I write non-fiction stories about crime; and publish them as a podcast.” — Sinead“My most disastrous former job was doing data entry for a local architecture firm during my senior year of high school. The quiet atmosphere and monotonous work made me fall asleep at my desk. Fast forward 20 years, and I’m a receiving manager at Whole Foods, which plays to my strengths in attention to detail and organization.

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ADHD at work: Readers Choice

think is the perfect fit may actually involve some bumps, detours, and even crashes that leave you feeling more like a professional failure.Don’t give up! Understanding what you want (and need) from a job takes work. (No pun intended.) As many of us know, it may take one or more false starts to get there.Adults with ADHD can thrive at work if that work aligns with their passions and strengths. Here, ADDitude readers share their work stories about jobs they love and some they loathe.
I hated dusting. I always hoped I’d be assigned vacuuming. Pushing and pulling the vacuum across carpets was fun.

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