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ADHD at Work

A New Job Again... Advice?

Title says it all, the pavement is tired of my pounding and I’m tired of returning to the same spot. I have this thing (ADHD) and its tough, but I have so much to offer and I manage my symptoms pretty well. But how on earth in an interview, provided I even get that far, can I tell if the job and boss is/are going to be right for me?

Any tips or tricks you’ve learnt that can help us ADDer’s make a better choice of work place and relations???


First, welcome. 

You need to be at least excited about what ever job you land - or interview for that matter.  The way you start the thread concerns me.  It would seem this new beginning is anything but.  Our (relative) strengths come out when we face the new and are excited about it.

Find something you are excited and passionate about and apply - or get educated so you can do.  Teaching?  A business?  Something you can lay claim to as your own.

Good luck with it…..

Posted by LakeLife on Oct 31, 2013 at 3:26pm

I am in a similar situation.
Instead of writing applications, then going to interviews, then maybe getting a job, and being terminated and having less and less success at all of these steps, I am heading off in a different direction.
I have noticed in the last few years is that managers focus on the wrong things. 
The reasons that I was given for being terminated the last three times had nothing to do with my work – not the quality, not the quantity, not the timeliness (I met the deadlines). 
Managers now seem to think that they are The Manager, the Big Boss, the Controller, the micro manager.  Whatever they say goes.  No matter what.  It is like they saw that silly Office Rules joke and took it seriously
[[ Rule 1 - the boss is always right.
Rule 2 - If the boss is not right, see rule 1 ]]

The fact that the project or the deadlines are being affected badly seems to escape them.  If I mention any work related issues, they sometimes seem confused.  It is as if I am talking about something totally irrelevant.
The managers of big IT projects are often nerds who focus on the work.  I can work with them and we all get along, and the job gets done.  The trouble is that the people from personnel do the interviewing and control the recruitment.
At one office recently, the manager seemed to be making up her own rules for the office.  They conflicted with the written rules, with common sense and logic How can you work 8 hours a day between 9 and 5, and take a lunch break, and be out the door before 5pm? 
But as she was the manager of the team, I tried to work within her rules.  The manager terminated me after two weeks, even though I was steaming through the workload.
Maybe my ADD shows up sometimes.  LOL
An employment agent suggested that I return to teaching.  So here goes.

Posted by Wombat on Nov 04, 2013 at 7:24pm


Consider the Teaching option which you reference.  I took the advice and am now teaching and am loving it.. Chemistry - High school

Posted by LakeLife on Nov 05, 2013 at 6:18pm

Really good advice above. We’ve all been there…

Find something you love and follow it. After 20 years of being in the corporate world, I finally got tired of being called out for not being a good team player, for not participating on group projects, my absenteeism and being anti-social. Then being let go because my “numbers” were no match for the hotshot next to me.

I worked harder than all of them put together just to TRY to meet the minimum requirements of the job. No one noticed my efforts, no one cared to ask WHY I didn’t participate on group projects, or why I rarely engaged in the ‘social’ chatter with colleagues coming to my desk. They didn’t ask because all they cared about was their bonuses at the end of the year! And they never knew that every time they interrupted me, I would need half a day just to get back on task again.

It took me 45 years to find something I love that I could earn money doing. It’s a long, long ways away, but at least I have something to work toward. I had to be out of that toxic environment to find it, and now I’m taking steps toward it. It’s an extremely difficult time especially financially, and faith in God is what gets me through each day.

The only 2 things I know for sure are that it will all be okay as long as I keep believing, and, I am never going back to that career again.

Good luck to you…

Posted by spunkybird on Nov 05, 2013 at 11:59pm

Wombat - I sounds like you and I had the same exact boss! It wasn’t a government job, was it?

Posted by Enterprizer on Nov 10, 2013 at 12:35pm


I just finished posting this on another discussion. Here are my thoughts on ADD and jobs:


One other thing—not nearly as convenient—is finding work that doesn’t require adhering to strict quotas or timelines, but which are more fluid and forgiving. In other words, “process-oriented” instead of “project-oriented.” I flourished for years in a process-oriented job situation, but found myself incredibly, painfully, destructively challenged by a world with tight deadlines, unrealistic quotas, etc.  If it’s something within your power to do, I’d definitely encourage looking for work in that type of environment. ADDED: I know I’m talking about the types of jobs that are generally less lucrative, but is it your goal to find a job where you can be successful and build some tenure, or bounce around from one hi-pressure job to another?

The other alternative is to follow me to Cuenca, Ecuador. I have a small military pension and some disability money, but I’ll be able to live there—most everything included—for about $1,200 a month. No more work, my friend. grin

Posted by Enterprizer on Nov 10, 2013 at 12:41pm

I personally am on a leave from my job as a teacher and I am looking for a job as a high school teacher. I am qualified to teach Grade 4-12. I taught elementary for a few years and really struggled with the expectations. Lesson planning for several subjects, marking work, paper work and report cards. I found I wasn’t happy teaching elementary. This past May I was diagnosed with ADHD and it was a real eye opener. I am 36 years old now and I had always known I had challenges especially with organization, completing sequential tasks and time management. But the ADHD diagnosis gave me resources to consult and people to confer with. The choice of a new career is important to me because the elementary teaching was too much of a struggle. High school does involve a lot of work but there is at least a focus on three subjects per semester and less forms to keep track of overall. I am glad I am on the right track. I wish those applying for jobs and looking for careers the best in their journey towards finding a suitable job that highlights their very best qualities. And of course, those consider teaching as a career may want to consider what I mentioned above before plunging into a career as an elementary school teacher.

Posted by shawn e styles on Nov 15, 2013 at 10:22pm

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