Stories of Success: Career narratives of adults with ADHD

I’m rather conscious that it’s been a while since I last posted. Busy with study, and seeing clients, I’ve not made time for updating this site!

I’m now in my final year of my MSc in Career Management and Coaching at Birkbeck University, and I am currently looking to undertake research to develop an understanding of positive career experiences of adults with ADHD.

What will the research involve?

  • An initial call or Skype conversation to explain the study in more detail and answer any questions that you might have.
  • Completion of a background questionnaire to add context to later discussion.
  • A face-to-face interview (approx. 1-1.5hrs) which will be digitally recorded for transcription purposes. The interview is likely to take place at my office in Hampton Hill, but other appropriate locations can also be considered.
  • Interviews will take place between March and May 2018, and a summary of the final report will be available to participants from December 2018.

Who can participate in the research study?

In order to take part in this study you will need to fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Ideally, a confirmed diagnosis of ADHD (from a psychiatrist or other qualified assessor). Alternatively you may have had a child or parent formally diagnosed with ADHD and, as an often hereditary condition, recognise symptoms in yourself.
  • A feeling of success in your career to date – for the purposes of this study, ‘success’ is taken to mean ‘a general sense of satisfaction or personal pride in your career achievements to date, whatever they may be’.
  • Over 25yrs of age.
  • A willingness to talk openly about your experiences within the interview. All data will be held in confidence and anonymised within the final dissertation, unless you choose to be named.

What are the benefits of taking part in this research?

  • I hope that the findings of this research will offer positive, relatable role models to other people with ADHD and valuable information for employers who are looking to better understand and support staff members with ADHD. I also hope that it will be a useful experience for you as a participant to reflect on your successes in your career to date.
  • An optional hour-long coaching session up to three months after the research interview.

Interested in taking part, or know someone that might be?

If you’re interested in taking part, or if you know someone who might be, please contact me for further details.
Thank you so much for reading this, and please do share this link with anyone that you think might be interested in helping me in this research.

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