Insurance Appeals Representative/Blogger
When a provider wants to correct their claim process, I go in, review their request, and rule on it.
I work at a government building and we have to protect medical information, so it'd be hard for a student to shadow me there! But if they shadowed me while I was blogging, they'd see me forming an idea, sketching an outline, taking the accompanying pictures, and then sitting down and writing my posts. Once an article is done, I'll make sure to go promote it on social media and in the groups I'm involved in. My blog is great because it gives me the freedom to write on anything that interests me.
With my job, I got a lot of my experience by starting out in the call center. When you start in customer service, you really get to see everything that's going on within the company, and then you have the touch point and knowledge to go work in any area within that business. At home and at work, I always make sure to use a timer, because when I'm working on something I'm interested in, my ADHD will give me time blindness, and that can make two hours fly by like it's nothing.
Here's the first step for high school students
Take all of the language and writing courses that are available to you, starting in high school. My grasp on communication and the English language has obviously been valuable as a blogger (knowing how to research and cite sources, analyzing other articles, etc.) but it's also valuable to just about any job! You can get trained for almost any job, including my job in the health care field, but if you don't have a good grasp on the English language early on, it's hard to learn that later in life.
"You need to go to college and complete a degree. You don't have a problem. You don't need to take medication for your ADHD."
My family insisted that I go to college, but I realized I was paying just to feel inadequate and resentful towards my professors, so I left school. Everyone thought I'd get nowhere without a degree, but hey, I've done just fine! Then, later, when I got my ADHD diagnosis, my family was skeptical. They were nervous about me taking medication and in denial that I had a learning issue. But you shouldn't have to ask for permission to take care of yourself; you just need to find your support system!
I had some teachers say some horrible things to me as a child because they didn't know how to deal with my attention issues. Back then, kids were just starting to be diagnosed with some frequency, but so many people thought it was a made-up disorder!
At one point, I had to take a leave of absence from my job-I couldn't focus, I couldn't get anywhere on time, I was depressed. I was 25 when a friend told me I should go get an evaluation for ADHD; my diagnosis and medication revolutionized my life.