The Career Doctor™
by Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez
Looking for a first job? Thinking of changing careers?
Facing a lay-off? The Career Doctor™ is a Larchmont psychologist
specializing in career counseling. If you'd like to ask a question of
your own, use our anonymous form, and she
might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here.
Contact information is here.
I MADE THE WRONG CAREER CHOICE
Dear Career Doctor:
I have just completed a B.S. in Business Management, however my heart has always told me to
become a doctor. For some reason, I decided instead to do business.
What do you suggest I do? Would I have to do five years more, even with a business degree?
I am afraid you probably have more than five years of study ahead if you want to become a
doctor. First, before you can apply to medical school, you have to complete all the
pre-requisite courses you probably missed when getting a business degree: physics, mathematics,
biology, inorganic and organic chemistry. Then, of course, there are four years of
medical school followed by three to eight years of internship and residency.
It will require enormous effort for you to change fields., but spending your life in a field
you don't like may require even more effort. The question is: How much do you love medicine
and how much do you dislike business?
How to decide? Take a job in business and/or take some of the pre-med courses you missed.
See how you like each. If you dislike business and enjoy the pre-med courses, then I would
advise you to follow your heart.
The Career Doctor
The Career Doctor™ is Larchmont
psychologist and career counselor, Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez.
Her office is at 90 Beechtree Drive in Larchmont, 914-834-1982.