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 ,
and she might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here.
Contact in ation is here.
PREPARING FOR A CAREER, OR A CHANGE
Dear Career Doctor:
How did you prepare for your career?
You sure ask succinct questions! Since I am not quite sure what you are
asking, I will give you a brief personal history, since it might help
others who are thinking of making a change.
I was a real estate economist for several years after graduating from
college with a degree in Business Administration. I had considered becoming
a psychologist, but did not major in Psych because the idea of getting
a Ph.D. seemed too daunting.
When I decided that economics was not for me, I did some career counseling
for myself and decided to become a psychologist. Knowing the importance
of a satisfying career, I decided to go for a doctorate in Counseling,
not Clinical Psychology since it would train me to do career and marriage
counseling as well as psychotherapy.
I bought books and studied for the Graduate Record exams. I also researched
which graduate programs offered what I wanted and were approved by the
American Psychological Association. Equally important, I then spent
a lot of time writing my application to graduate school, knowing that
I had to be extra persuasive to convince a good school to admit someone
who did not major in Psychology (but had done volunteer work in the
After getting my Ph.D., there were a whole new set of tasks to prepare
for my career: To get licensed, a psychologist has to work under supervision
for several years, take the licensing exam, and then those who want
to establish a private practice must figure out how to attract patients.
Plus, I felt it was important to give something back to the profession
by being active in professional associations.
Whew! In retrospect it all sounds exhausting. But actually, it has been
stimulating, because being a psychologist is never dull.
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.