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.
SHOULD I TRY FOR MY IDEAL WORLD?
Dear Career Doctor:
I have been a Special Education Teacher for six years. While I have loved some
parts of my job, I have truly hated others. I love explaining how to do things
and talking and listening to my kids (middle school students.) I also love
it when I adapt an assignment just right so it matches a child's strengths
perfectly. I enjoy discussing my kids' hopes and dreams and giving them advice
on their personal lives when they ask for it. In an ideal world, I would be a
tutor or counselor full time.
So why am I writing to ask your advice? I have always been very interested in psychology.
I'm thinking of going back to school for my Master's Degree in Psychology, and
specializing in either neuropsychology, psychometrics, school psychology, or another
branch if something interests me more. How should I decide whether to go back to school
or just settle and continue teaching? I just want to find a field that fits me, and I
don't know that teaching is it.
I am always amazed at how many of the people I counsel know what they want to do,
but stop themselves from getting what they want. You know what it is like to
work as a teacher and a counselor. Why settle?
Why not go for what you want, your “ideal world”? In fact, many school psychology and
counseling psychology classes are scheduled so teachers can take them after work. So,
if it’s not too stressful, you might be able to continue teaching while getting your
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.