Blog post updated on 24th January 2022
If you have ADHD and you want to find out how you can get a job, please follow the tips and advice in this post.
Adults with ADHD may possess the following strengths that would make them ideal for certain jobs:
For more information on good jobs for people with ADHD, please visit our webpage: https://exceptionalindividuals.com/neurodiversity/what-is-adhd/
Even if ADHD can be challenging “when it comes to maintaining a steady job,” there are some benefits in terms of finding a meaningful job.
Getting a job can be highly beneficial for people with ADHD in the following ways:
When looking for a job, here are some important points to consider:
Here are some ways to start finding job opportunities:
Exceptional Individuals can also help you find job opportunities. Most of their employees and volunteers are neurodiverse (i.e., they could have dyslexia, dyspraxia, or autism besides ADHD), so they might be able to give you a paid role or a voluntary role where you work for them.
Adults with ADHD may struggle to get a job due to their traits of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
These factors could also prevent people with ADHD from getting a job:
Jobseekers with ADHD can also “have trouble knowing what kind of jobs to pursue.” They could struggle to focus on mundane tasks or “have a wide range of interests,” which can make it difficult for them “to narrow down their job search to one area.”
Ways in which people with ADHD can overcome their difficulties with finding a job include the following:
If you have ADHD, it can sometimes be difficult to maintain a job. Perhaps you struggle to stay focused on tasks, have trouble being punctual or find it difficult to follow instructions.
It can help to speak to your manager about your difficulties, so that they can put plans in place to help make things easier. Completing a Workplace Needs Assessment (WNA) is a great way to understand which areas of your job you need support with.
If adults who already have a job start to become easily distracted, are unable to pay attention and struggle to keep still, they could have ADHD.
Employees can tell employers that they suspect they have ADHD. The employer can refer an employee to their GP. The GP can then refer the employee to a relevant health professional such as a psychiatrist or a neurologist.
Before or during the appointment, employees may take psychological tests such as a checklist of symptoms or a behaviour-rating scale. The health professional can also ask the employee about the symptoms they have experienced at work; their use of drugs and alcohol; their driving record if relevant; and their relationships with their family and friends. While the employee might be embarrassed when discussing these things with the health professional, it is important to be honest so that they can get the help they are looking for.
Employees can discuss work-related issues with the health professional such as getting fired from a job or performance evaluations at work. It is a good idea for the employee to bring in performance evaluations from work and copies of any previous psychological tests.
Employees who suspect that they have ADHD may also take an online ADHD test and discuss their results with their GP, health professional and employer. This test is not intended to diagnose ADHD.
The health professional may diagnose the employee with the hyperactive/impulsive type of ADHD if they are often restless, fidgety, disruptive, or impatient. The professional may diagnose the employee with the inattentive type if they are often unfocused, careless, and easily distracted. The employee could even receive a combination of both ADHD types.
After the diagnosis, the employee can tell their GP. They can also tell their employer and the employer could give them appropriate support in the workplace.