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ADD on the JobFiled Under: ADHD Career Paths, ADHD Accommodations, 504s, IEPs
"I am a 43-year-old female recently diagnosed with ADD. How can I find the funding and/or testing necessary to see what I type of employment best suits me?"
The place to start would be local colleges and universities. Most have excellent career centers and provide testing to help you determine your areas of strengths and weaknesses. They also have career counselors available to advise you and help you come to a decision about what would be best for you. Many of their services are often free.
Some communities also have career centers that are publicly funded and supported by local businesses. Check the yellow pages under career to see what is listed there and begin making some inquires.
What is most important is that you identify the specific areas in which your ADHD affects your performance the most and take what measures you can to compensate for this. Do you need more structure? Do you need more routine? Do you need to do something differently?
Avoid impulsivity in making major career decisions. Once you find something you think you would like to re-train for, find several people who are actually employed doing that job and ask them questions. Ask them lots of questions, including:
Last but not least, have you thought about accommodations for the job you currently have that would make your performance less erratic? Some of my clients meet with their bosses on a weekly basis to go over their performance and what can be done to make improvements. Their bosses agree to help them prioritize and get focused on the next weeks agenda, so they don't get sidetracked on something of lesser importance.
Are there any organizational tools that can be purchased that would help you stay on top of things more consistently? Fifteen years is a long time. Are you vested in the company's pension plan yet? If not, how much longer would you need to work there to take advantage of this benefit?
I wish you the best in your career endeavors. Be sure to talk with those who know you well and understand you. Friends and family who have your best interest at heart can help to make major decisions such as career changes much easier.
A pioneer in the field of coaching people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Ms. Maynard was instrumental in the development of The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Coaching Guidelines and a founding board member for the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). She is a certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and utilizes a holistic health and wellness approach with her clients. Ms. Maynard lives in Washington, DC where she operates Catalytic Coaching. Sandy lectures internationally and is a regular contributor to ADDitude magazine.
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