December 9th, 2008 12:18 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with David Wilkowske, Author of The Chronic Job Hopper
David Wilkowske worked for IBM, Worldcom/MCI and Bank of America in the high-tech industry. He also worked as a janitor, farm hand, telemarketer, and truck driver. In fact, he held more than 60 different jobs across in over a dozen careers over the past 39 years. His trials and tribulations of a career gone wrong are captured in his recently published book, The Chronic Job Hopper: My Ongoing Battle With Attention Deficit Disorder 1969-2005.
David humorously recalls his job-hopping lifestyle, but his story is not one of a slacker who simply has drifted from job to job, industry to industry. Rather, his crisscrossed career path is the product of a condition that went undiagnosed and untreated until 2004. David has Attention Deficit Disorder, and it poses a life-long challenge. His book explains in vivid and honest detail the adventures and downfalls an American man with ADD.
David admits it`s quite challenging to secure work when his resume reads like a business directory. My recent attempts to secure meaningful work for decent pay have been riddled with disappointment. The truth is, while I make a real point of not wallowing in my sorrows, my failures and misfires in the world of work have become like a pile of oversized luggage that I haul in order to clutter the room and distract potential employers (and myself), whenever I finally wind my way to an important interview.
Although a stable career, with financial security would have been ideal, I have had the opportunity to see many facets of corporate America over the past three and a half decades, says David. And no matter what the job is, I have taken pride in my work. But it would have made things easier if I could have been diagnosed earlier in my life. Doctors had mistakenly thought I had narcolepsy and that I suffered from depression. They just don`t fully understand what ADD is and are not always in a knowing position to properly diagnose it.
David knows he can`t just confess on a job interview that he has ADD even though his resume looks more like a holiday shopping list. But it`s burdensome to hide it, to try to run from it. He hopes his book will inspire others to get assessed for the ADD so they don`t have to unnecessarily suffer through a disjointed career, not to mention a confusing life.
Inspirational and informative. A must-read for those
seeking, but rarely finding contentment at
work or at home. " Kirkus Reviews