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Old 02-02-19, 04:35 AM
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Im a 25 year old Male, I began my career as a occupational safety and health specialist with a bachelors in safety and health management (graduated 2017). I enjoyed going to my classes and it showed through my grades.

Three months before I graduated I experienced a feeling of doubt as I had my second internship in Los Angeles for another attempt at the safety field, only this time a company safety professional rather than a compliance inspector who fines companies and deals with confrontation. I was just wanting the first day to come already once I moved to Los Angeles, I wasn't excited about starting another safety job. The first day, I had feelings of doubt and non-interest, especially once I went through the safety orientation and safety manager said this is what we are going to be doing (he was going over the rules). So everyday was a drag since I also didn't have much to do as an intern, I did do safety talks and walks but that was it, so I thought that internship wasn't engaging enough, I got laid off due to reduction of workforce (lack of interest)as they protected my work history.

After that job I had to move back north closer to friends and family and worked as a legal receptionist (organizational nightmare) and a sales associate, the only mistake I made was putting the wrong size shoe in a box, but recovery was dreadful, when changing and putting clothes back I would start just hiding them in different sections.

After that I finally got a offer back into the safety field and I wasn't excited or thrilled once I got the offer, just that I will be making more and thought it was the company that was the issue (wheni was working the minimum wage jobs I wanted to get paid more and kept wondering if it was the company rather than the role itself) I've been here now almost 8 months. I like doing the forklift trainings(interacting with people, time goes fast), but I hate administering random drug tests (hard to put these off since im on a time limit frame), filing, entering data for long periods of time, audits and posting stuff on all the bulletin boards (I get task at 4PM and I usually clock out at 11:30 PM, I put it off until later about 8PM, during that time im on my phone or doing non-work related things snapchat or career interests(day shift is different, since i have bosses and other safety people there and the office is more full but I mainly work nights). I started getting emailed and spoke to in person for my attention to details (forgetting email reminders, forgetting small details in emails, not completing documentation accurately, and prioritizing tasks, throughout my time here. IN December I got my first verbal warning for forgetting to send reminder and not preparing the training packets since I had things I did the night before, I forgot (I do use a note pad for all my tasks, but find it hard to cross them out when done, and sometimes forget to pull out my notepad and think I can remember the info. So strike two happened last week and HR got involved, I don't know what to do, I have tried Adderall and Concerta all dosage levels and medication doesn't seem to improve the symptoms.

What job should I look for next?
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Old 02-02-19, 11:47 PM
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Re: Career Trouble

If you're trained in compliance then I'd say auditing jobs. Audit and enforcement can translate across many fields. And it generally pays well enough to have a life. That could be customs, tax, medical etc. So many things to choose from and you have transferrable skills
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Old 02-03-19, 12:09 PM
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Re: Career Trouble

Your career path sounds like a very detail oriented one. Yikes! Do you obsess over things you like? You mentioned not liking the random drug screens. Is it because it's random so it doesn't fit the system you work by?

Maybe I'm not being as clear as I'd like.

When I started out, I was worried about all the little things I had to keep in mind, so I actually wrote myself a manual with detailed instructions. I am not in the same field you are, so naturally we're working with different sets of detail. The manual did help with keeping those little pieces together, although it also slowed me down as well.

I switched specialties and that helped a lot. Fewer detail sets. More to my strengths, as well. I had allowed myself to be talked into an initial path with more inherent variables "so you don't get trapped into only doing one thing". Instead of having to keep up with myriad sets of always changing sub-specialties, I now just have one basic topical area.

I'm not intending to use the word "obsess" to ferret out OCD or hurl an invective. I think many of us develop compensatory strategies that work well for us at some level but trip us up at other times. Not to mention looking odd to others.

I don't have any knowledge about your field. But I would be willing to bet that it, like most professions, has niches. Would it be helpful for you to investigate that type of thing? Is there a niche for forklift safety or heavy machinery safety or something that might be more to your strengths? Is there a possibility of a government job? I could be wrong, but it seems like those get pretty specific. For example, if you do those government grant for college jobs, you don't also do other grants (or loans, heck I don't know-I wasn't even able to follow her "simple" instructions so I just wrote a check for my daughter's first year).

Oh-maybe that matters. I'm on meds too. It has helped tremendously. But it isn't going to provide greater volume to my DLPFC. I can do more, but I don't think I will ever "catch up". So there are things I can't do. Like follow instructions. Memorize mnemonics. Rein in the talking (or writing) as I'd hoped. But I can focus. And not yawn while people are talking or fall asleep reading a chart.

Where are your strengths? Seriously, your job sounds like a nightmare better suited to someone with OCPD traits. What are your interests that might require what you have to offer?

Man, I better start putting TMI warnings on my posts. Sorry!

Edit-Disclaimer: I am not saying that everyone on this forum has a low volume brain area. Possible that many do, possible that I do, possible that none of us do. Neuroanatomy of ADHD is well researched but not pathognomonic or ubiquitous.

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Whenever I wanted a job I'd show up out of the blue at the back door and convince whomever that I was The One.
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So Iím OCD about Skincare, Gym, eating right amount of protein fats, carbs, Protein because I want to get lean muscle. This sounds stupid to me but my favorite things I do when I get off work is watch Anime, play Video games, sometimes Iíll play my piano, I got another one cause I got into Japanese animation tv shows which have beautiful piano soundtracks. I Hyperfocus on video games and if itís a good tv show. When I go to concerts I get really into the music, especially anything upbeat, and every around me comes to me. When I go on cruises sometimes, I become popular on the ship due to my dancing or volunteering for events. I really love that, one comment I got from someone is I have a energy that makes others come to me.

My field is basically all about documentation and protecting the company from getting sued or fined like HR, but seeing all levels of detail in this career is a must. eX. investigate a accident, I know to interview the employee, but I forget things like looking at their preshift inspection sheet or training records (all levels of detail). Inspections are similar, matter of fact employees bring up stuff I donít notice, I only focus on bigger items like if eeís Wearing seatbelts on forklifts/ more people focused, i donít feel like Iím helping others by making them follow rules, itís just my job that I was told to do, so I do it so I can keep my job. I dislike doing the drug test because Iím against it and to me thatís not a positive thing would helping others, I occasionally use cannabis
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Old 02-03-19, 09:33 PM
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I play video games too. I get obsessed with Pokemon, but haven't had a new game in a while. So I'm currently playing scrabble against my kindle for hours every night. I'd like to get a Nintendo Switch. But I'm not sure if that requires another person. Seems like you can just hook it up to your TV or play it as a handheld but I don't know. If they really come out with a new Pokemon game that isn't a Go version, I'll figure it out. I think I'm the only 46 year old Pokemon fan

The job you're in sounds so rule and detail oriented. You enjoy it? I don't know you, but it almost seems like you don't have an interest in the spirit of the job. That would be really hard to make yourself capture details and enforce rules when that isn't you. Is there something you'd rather be doing?
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Re: Career Trouble

Is there a forum or reddit sub for safety specialists you can ask concerning jobs or adjacent careers that are less detailed orient and more people focused where your degree still helps? I think your degree can help you get jobs in other careers as well but not having that degree, I don't know which jobs/careers.

I also agree with the idea someone else posted earlier about a government job (local and state, not federal). But apply for other private jobs as well cause sometimes the government takes forever to process applications.

If government jobs are similar where you live as to where I live, after your probation period, you can be pretty bad at your job and they still wont fire you. Takes the pressure off though of course hopefully you can also find a job you like and are good at. That said, I think your particular state did lay off a bunch of employees during one of the large downturns which was unprecedented to me cause most governments usually push the seniors into early retirement and keep funding in-house (instead of contracting out) in order to not lay people off. The jobs laid off were the hardest hit ones during an economic downturn (i.e. construction related jobs) so you might avoid those types of jobs.
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Yea I believe your right, I mean I joined the safety association to make my resume look good and get magazines every month just to make me look good, even on graduation day my gut feeling was bugging me and I wasnít that excited .I never open the association emails or look through the magazines, this is definitely not my passion and it shows through my work I put in, so its probably best to not keep applying to the same safety job, because 6-8 months down the road I bet I would find myself in the same situation. Itís unfortunate cause I have to determination to go back to school but I donít know what for, I chose my field because of the salary, outlook, the courses were manageable and the excitement from accidents while I worked laborer. little did I know behind the scenes was going to be like this. I have done cashier, auditor, production worker, receptionist, sales associate (disliked going to customers and selling rewards memberships) so far and none of those I was passionate.
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so, detail-oriented and it looks you can work with people, but not too much organizing.

you have a good skill set, that's for sure. and some empathy. hey what about something in the medical field?
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I like your response, I kept looking into radiology tech, but medical terms scare me. I have a 4 year degree is there something you recommend I can get in with my four year degree?
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I like your response, I kept looking into radiology tech, but medical terms scare me. I have a 4 year degree is there something you recommend I can get in with my four year degree?
I remember some ADHDers who were nurses post here before. They were having difficulties because of some paperwork and details they had to deal with.

They say most jobs are 20% what you love and 80% crap like paperwork, politics, details (all the stuff you would probably struggle with). It seems true to me for the most part. So I recommend you maybe speak to an actual person in the field and get details on the job before making enormous career changes, especially if it requires more schooling.
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I like your response, I kept looking into radiology tech, but medical terms scare me. I have a 4 year degree is there something you recommend I can get in with my four year degree?
I have no idea, I don't work in the medical profession.
I'm the other way around. I only like the vocabulary, and later I might take some courses so I can also work as a medical interpreter ( I'm a freelance translator).
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Iím currently applying to something I havenít done yet such as cooking, bartending, marketing entry level, host, serving, ect.

I feel like housekeeping/janitorial/dishwashing or stuff like making pizza I would not enjoy.
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