Meet The Career Doctor™
by Paula Eisenberg
( December 9, 2002) Successful people aren't always
happy people. Achieving career goals can be an empty
victory for some, according to Larchmont Gazette's Career
Doctor™, Jacqueline Hornor Plumez. "An architect
loved being an architect," she said. "He becomes
a member of the firm and moves into management,
and suddenly, he has no time to design buildings anymore.
He's no longer doing what he loves."
This kind of "be careful what you wish for"
scenario is common in her practice, said Dr. Plumez.
She helps such people get some perspective on their
lives and find ways to get back to doing the kind of
work that makes them happy. "You'd think they could
figure this out themselves," she said, "But
we all get too close to what's happening to us, and
these things happen so gradually that we miss the signals
until we're really in trouble."
These days, Dr. Plumez sees many young people who are
afraid to commit to a career, fearing, mistakenly, that
doing so will lock them into a path they may regret.
"I try to get them to see that it's quite common
to have more than one satisfying career in a lifetime,"
Holding a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia, Dr. Plumez
is also an author. Her "Divorcing a Corporation"
provides tips on changing careers, and her new book,
Power," is a paean to women who have used their
maternal strengths to make a difference beyond their
own family circles. She also wrote "Successful
Adoption: A Guide to Finding A Child And Raising A Family."
She has received awards for excellence from the Westchester
County Psychological Association, in 1990 and 1993.
In her Larchmont Gazette column, The
Career Doctor™, Dr. Plumez uses a question-and-answer
format to help readers cope with career issues. You
may send her your own question via email, and she might
include it in a future column.
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