Finding the right career for your skill set isn't easy. There is no one-size-fits-all solution or formula to figure it out either. Some jobs, however, are better suited for people with ADHD symptoms, as the documentary ADHD: Not Just for Kids explores.

Here are some suggestions from ADDitude Magazine

Some jobs that are well-suited for traditional ADHD symptoms:
Samy InayehSamy Inayeh, diagnosed as an adult, works as a cinematographer.

Emergency services: Jobs such as a police officer, a firefighter or a paramedic involve the kind of adrenaline-pumping environment that many people with ADHD thrive in. The jobs also require many different settings. For firefighters, for example, the settings can range from the fire hall to the scene of the emergency.

Computer technology/consultant: If someone with ADHD has an interest in technology, then a computer technician/consultant would be a great way to capitalize on the ability to focus intensely for a period. These jobs also require the ability to switch activities quickly, which helps ward off boredom.

The Food Industry: Many careers in the food industry require a high amount of energy and a lot of creativity. These jobs are also high-adrenaline and don’t need much amount of long-range planning.

SCENE FROM THE FILM: Undiagnosed ADHD can lead to poor choices on the job and elsewhere.

Photographer/videographer:  The social nature of these jobs are beneficial for people with ADHD as they require interacting with a diverse amount of people, a variety of topics and different work settings.

Small business owner/entrepreneur:  Owning your own business/being an entrepreneur can provide enough variability to stave off boredom and restlessness while providing flexibility. It also allows someone with ADHD to hyper-focus on what they care about. 

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Some jobs that are not well-suited for traditional ADHD symptoms:

Lawyer or legal clerk:  A job in the legal system typically requires long, uninterrupted hours of work, even more paperwork and an unflappable commitment to the details and an organization.

Executive assistant: This role requires significant organizational skills, attention to detail and impeccable time management skills — tasks that are harder to develop for someone with ADHD.

Event planner: Similar to an executive assistant, an event planner, such as a wedding planner or conference co-ordinator, needs to think several steps ahead, keep on schedule and keep everyone else organized.

Accountant: Being an accountant requires a lot of paperwork, following a lot of rules, and sticking to deadlines.

Truck driver: The solo nature of a career in truck driving isn’t necessarily well-suited for someone with ADHD. The long drive alone, often overnight, is dangerous for the general public, but for people with ADHD, concentrating for long stretches of time while alone can be extra difficult.

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