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.
CAREERS FOR PARENTS WITH KIDS AT HOME
Dear Career Doctor:
I am currently a full-time mother who has been out of the working environment for
seven years. My question is how can I re-enter the working world?
I had been happy working in New York City but had to resign my when my husband was
transferred overseas. Now I do not want to work in New York City since I will be
too far away from the children in the event of an emergency. In addition, I would like
a career (not just a job to bide my time away) which would have flexibility. This way
I can work with my children's schedules and be there for them when they come home
Other than teaching, can you suggest some careers that are ideal for mothers? I am
looking into becoming a speech pathologist but I am open to other career paths. My goal
is to be working full time in four years or by the time our youngest is in kindergarten.
You mention that you are exploring becoming a speech pathologist. Thatís a
profession where you can find part-time work in a clinical setting, or establish
a private practice and set your own hours. In fact, almost all of the
professions Ė law, accounting, psychology, social work, physical therapy, etc. Ė
offer this possibility and therefore are sympatico with a mom or dadís need to
be home for a child. (It isnít just moms these days who are the primary at-home
Another very different field that offers flexible schedules is sales. Iím not talking
about retail sales, which, unfortunately, usually offers long hours and low pay!
Instead, consider sales representative positions where you call on corporate clients
offering a product or service. In smart companies, as long as sales reps meet their
quotas, no one questions their hours.
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.