I am a Software Engineer at Tekron (www.tekron.com), and a 5th (& final!) Year student of Computer Science, studying towards my Bachelor of Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. My focus is on finding and building simple solutions to everyday problems, developing and establishing processes and practises that encourage efficiency and safeguard against mistakes, and guiding and teaching others, be they children or colleagues. That said, I honestly enjoy pretty much anything that challenges me and brings me some variety in an industry where it is very easy to end up doing the same work over and over.
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As a person with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), task automation is very important to me, and creating software to make life easier for people with similar disadvantages is one of my passions. As of yet, all of my personal projects in this area are on hold, but I hope to bring a few into development soon. Another aspect of my ADHD is my limited attention span and high energy levels, which grant me an undying attraction to “new shinies”, which means I’m pretty quick on the uptake when it comes to new technologies.
My ADHD is not always a disadvantage, but it can be sometimes. For reference, I have ADHD-C, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Combined Type, which means that I not only tested highly for inattentive symptoms (the most common diagnosis in girls with the disorder), but also for hyperactivity symptoms (girls are rarely diagnosed with this type), so I have “the best of both worlds” so to speak. Thankfully, the combination of low attention span and high energy actually makes multitasking easier for me than for most. It means that I can dedicate brief (ie. 5 minute) time slots to various projects and tasks, and thus keep myself from being bored while keeping my productivity levels up and staying on task.
I’m sure if you’re a potential employer and have read this far, you’ve probably read the above paragraph as a long-winded explanation as to why I should not be hired, but let me redeem myself here. I was only diagnosed with ADHD in 2015, at the age of 19. I grew up knowing there was something wrong, that I didn’t function the same as the kids and adults around me, but never knowing why. It was only when my aunt (a registered nurse and clinical psychologist) came to visit from overseas in 2012 and mentioned some behaviours of a child that she had worked with that had ADHD, that I began to question whether or not I might have a similar disorder. After moving away from my hometown and starting university, I finally managed to find a doctor who would listen, and who referred me to a psychiatrist for a diagnosis.
Since then, I have improved in leaps and bounds. Not only have I found a medication that works for me, but I have also developed (and continue to develop) strategies to allow me to overcome many of the disadvantages that ADHD presents. I have been in employment (in retail and hospitality, mind, both very high-stress, fast-paced industries) since 2012, and have not once been told that my ADHD has gotten in the way of my work, and have even been repeatedly praised for my team-based, self-accountable, improvement-focused attitude, and as a result have received praise from Customers and Managers alike in regards to my service and work-ethic.
Additionally, I’ve found that having ADHD has been an advantage when working with children and teaching. Having ADHD means that the way I learn and absorb information is different from everyone else. This means that the way I convey information is also different, and I’ve found that while teaching many children would come to me to ask questions rather than any of my colleagues because I was more able to explain things to them in a way they could understand.
Well, I think that’ll do for now. Congratulations if you read this far, I know I wouldn’t.