ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition that involves attention being affected, either resulting in losing focus or hyper focus.
People with ADHD tend to value greatly from flexible work environments.
“Hi, I’m Cory
I’m the Lead Graphic Designer at Davis Funerals. Although I am not formally diagnosed with ADHD, I believe my unique perspective and way of thinking has helped me understand people from all walks of life. I’m a firm believer that we need to move away from doing things the same way and instead create a better working system by taking the time to understand how different people think and learn. I hope that my story helps foster a greater understanding and inclusivity in the workplace, by encouraging others to embrace different perspectives and find new and innovative solutions.”
Lead Graphic Designer at Davis Funerals
What was your experience like during university?
Growing up, that was my case. I properly couldn’t read until I actually got into university, when I actually found something that I really love doing. So it was sort of like a very, very long way around but yeah, we got there.
What’s your experience like with imposter syndrome? [Part 2: The need for validation]
When I got my first A+, and it was sort of like, oh my god, I can do this. I can sit down just long enough to get a good grade.
And it’s, for me it was sort… It’s only a small thing but like, it’s sort of… it validated all my struggle to say yes, you can do this not as stupid as you thought you were.
You know, like you said, “not everyone gets to do an MBA”, but like, you’re here. Oh my god.
You can do this, oh my god this is great! And for me, when I first got my A+, I was just over the moon. It was sort of like, yeah, it was just validation, really.
What was it like uncovering the things that were easier?
It took a long time for me to realize that I work better with my hands and I wasn’t just a lazy kid.
It… The term “Neurodivergency” or even ADHD was never… it never came across my mind or my parents mind because they just assumed that I was just a normal kid that just couldn’t concentrate.
But I loved drawing from a young age. That was the only thing that I could particularly focus on. So I think once I latched on to that, I think I was drawing at around six. I sort of kept… That was the only consistent thing in my life where I was like, Oh, I’m really good at that. I like doing that which then led to oh, I can put puzzles together really quickly, or I like shapes more than I like numbers, you know? Give me Tetris, I can play that all the time. but then give me Sudoku and I’m like, oh God, you know, can’t do that. But, yeah, I mean, I can play Sudoku now. but it’s taken a long, long time.
Taking the long way to do something, have you felt that way throughout your entire life?
Yeah, I hated school, school sucked.
It was… When it comes to your standard schooling. You know, Maths, English writing, I struggled really hard, but give me shapes or putting things together and my brain just clicks into place. But if you give me a whole bunch of text and numbers I tend to fluff around a little bit because I’m sort of… My brain when I see those things, I’m like, oh, what am I doing? But if it shapes or something tangible then I’m all hands on deck, and you’ve got my attention for the whole time that I’m here. I found growing up I was really good with my hands which is probably why I ended up being a graphic designer, because I like creating.
But when it came to the traditional stuff, common knowledge stuff, learning super technical things. It’s taken me a lot longer to, and a lot of repetitive motion, I guess, to then try and sort of get things to stick. Otherwise, if I’m not holding it, touching it, throwing it on the wall or something like that, nope. It’s not gonna work.
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Disclaimer: As you will learn everyone with a Neurodiversity is different. There is a saying if you have met one Autistic person then you have met ONE Autistic person. This applies for every other neurodiversity, everyone has different strengths, weaknesses and sits differently on the spectrum of the Neurodiversity they have.