ADHD: The right career choice

Basically, adolescents with ADHD may take up any career. Concerning the individual case, it depends on the severity of symptoms and whether the child has the required skills and abilities or is able to learn them.

A fulfilling job is often of even greater importance for persons suffering from ADHD than for persons without ADHD. Because a regular job provides daily life with a solid structure, it requires discipline and self-management, and it opens the way for feelings of achievement. Furthermore, a suitable job may also provide social support and train social competences.

However, severe forms of ADHD may result in problems; for example, when activities require permanent concentration, tidiness and structure, and when it is imperative to meet deadlines and due dates. Such skills are expected, for example, in administrative jobs, in laboratories or in the banking sector.

Good to know: If ADHD symptoms severely impair your child and limit its academic and personal development, you should consult your physician about which therapy measures might prove helpful.

Which job is suitable for my child?

Generally speaking, there are no specific occupational groups that are perfectly suited for ADHD. Furthermore, every child is different and, of course, the respective personal strengths may vary individually – despite the common ground of ADHD. However, since children with ADHD frequently show great talents in creative areas, an artistic job might just be the right thing. What's best for your child can often be derived from hobbies or inclinations. It is important that you systematically promote your child's gifts and encourage it to try new things and use its talents.

The following occupational areas can be especially suitable for children with ADHD:

  • Nursing/care giving
  • Media and journalism
  • Services
  • Research
  • Design (e.g. interior decorator)
  • Jobs with a high percentage of movement/physical activity (e.g. gardener, personal trainer)
Important: Never let ADHD stand in the way of your child's life! Personal motivation, talent and individual competences are also decisive for the professional career and personal satisfaction.

What is ADHD?

  • ADHD stands for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • It is a neurobiological disorder which is attributable to an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain
  • As a result, there are changes in the transmission of information among neuronal cells in the brain