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 the anonymous form below, and she
might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here.
Contact information is here.
CAN A "GEEKY" INTEREST LEAD TO A JOB?
Hi Career Doctor:
I am a college freshman, and I feel very lost as to what I want to do with my life. I
know many would argue "you are young, don't worry," or "you'll figure it out" but I
suppose I just feel as if I am pressured to find a career I am interested in as quickly
as possible and fulfill the requirements, lest I'll be in school longer than I want. I
am interested in being a teacher, for the time off and ability to work with people, but
I am also interested in being a doctor for the prestige and ability to truly help those
that can't help themselves. This latter trait has shown to be a driving force for my
interest in law as well. I really think ethics are important. I want things to be fair,
but I'm just not sure I want a job in it. I suppose they say, go for what you are a geek
in, and I am quite interested in learning about Japanese culture and history, but does
that really apply to any careers? I guess I'm not sure I want to spend the rest of my
life sharing a passion of mine with students who could not care less. Oh, and I want to
travel and see different cultures... a lot. HELP!
When a client of mine has a strong interest -- especially if it is an unusual interest --
that is almost always vocationally significant. Many people come into my office wanting
to help people or have time off, but few people are very interested in learning about
Japanese culture and history. So, I would encourage you to explore careers where this
interest might be an asset.
How does an interest in Japanese culture apply to a career? There are many Japanese
corporations operating in the United States that want to hire Americans who are simpatico
with their culture and mores. There are also American corporations and organizations
who need culturally sensitive people to represent them in Japan.
I rarely tell people, "Don't worry about it, you'll figure it out" because it is far
more helpful to tell them, "Let's see how your interests can lead to a successful career."
The Career Doctor
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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.