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September 7, 2020 at 12:57 am #183193
September 7, 2020 at 2:29 pm #183218ADHDinPGHParticipant
My best suggestion is to get some ADA accommodations in place. It helps some. Still not fool-proof since our brains really are not optimized for boring office settings, but it has at least helped me make it more manageable. I was able to get the following accommodations: access to private office area (reserved ahead of time) for when I need to really focus, a laptop so I could work remotely as planned ahead with my supervisor, ability to work off hours as appropriate within the office’s workload, all assignments in writing
Like I said, not a substitute for a more engaging job by any means, but definitely makes it manageable enough for me to not just impulsively quit and lose my benefits and pension. Good luck!
October 12, 2020 at 11:25 am #185888LesilotteParticipant
I don’t think it’s unrealistic at all. I think you might benefit from seeing a career counselor. Career may not mean “office job” for you. There might be a career where you can be out and about, where movement is part of the day.
Just an example that won’t apply to you: my little sis (not add) has a job where she is computer tech support for a school system. This is not sitting at a computer all day! This is going into classrooms and plugging stuff in, showing teachers how to use their equipment, setting things up, solving problems that are different each day –helping people.
This job comes with a pension and great insurance!
Not saying you are the kind of person who likes to plug stuff in and untangle computer snafu’s but it’s just an example of a job that requires, helping people, less sitting and more creative problem solving.
A career counselor might be able to help you brainstorm something more suitable that you might actually enjoy! I hope this helps.
October 12, 2020 at 2:50 pm #185909BrendaBParticipant
Thanks so much.
I’m open to other opportunities but 1. Have massive student loans and 2. Most jobs want to see experience in the field for the position. They usually do not recognize that many skills are transferrable. I tried commission retail and loved the interaction but it was commission only – so many times due to the economy or time of year, my check was zero.
October 13, 2020 at 10:53 am #185971LesilotteParticipant
Another thought for you as regards to a career counselor. I have a friend who is one which is why it came to mind. She works for a local college and is available to all students past and present. Perhaps your alma matter has a similar option. It might be worth contacting them to see.
In case you are worried that they won’t be able to factor in your ADD, it’s worth noting that my friend deals with many students who have aspergers (the notion that students with the are all geniuses is NOT true) and other neuroatypical students.
Don’t give up hope!
October 16, 2020 at 10:33 am #185918Dr. EricParticipant
As Dr. Hallowell says, you need to be organized just enough. If you spend more time on your organization system than doing your work, that is a red flag.
I favor a stripped-down version of the Getting Things Done system (I recommend the audiobook.)
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