Living with adult ADHD can make it nearly impossible to find meaningful employment.
I can honestly say those words because it wasn’t until I turned 31 and began to treat my ADHD that I was able to keep a job. Prior to this, I had managed to rage quit EVERY. SINGLE. JOB.
From the redundant applications to the mystery interview questions, the whole process can be extremely stressful for neurodivergent job seekers. Then even if you do get hired you have to deal with the constant microaggressions that accompany an invisible disability like people thinking you’re rude because you don’t want to hang out after work or how you’d rather poke your eyeballs out with a fork than attend another pot luck dinner.
Oh, and God forbid if you need any accommodations…get ready to prove you actually need them.
Ain’t nobody got time for that.
So, I was super excited to find out about the Neurodiversity @ Work Employer Roundtable – a group of companies committed to embracing neurodiversity in the workplace.
Yes, you read that correctly.
These companies actually recognize the competitive advantage of the neurodivergent brain and are incorporating diverse thinking styles and abilities into their workforce. They appreciate the valuable skills that we bring to the table and I am SO HERE FOR THAT!
I had a look around their Neurodiversity Career Connector job portal and was surprised to see major companies like Google, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo committed to this unbeknown (to me) neurodiversity initiative!
Why did it take me so long to find out about this? Have I been living under a rock or have these resources been hidden in plain sight?
That’s beside the point. (Focus, Bianca!)
The point is…There is nothing worse than getting passed up on an opportunity simply because you struggle with advocating for yourself or don’t feel comfortable in new situations.
Take it from someone who has bounced around the job market for the past 15 years like a renegade, from one industry to the next.
Out here just raw dogging life.
Take advantage of the people that actually want to help you!