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 ,
and she might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here.
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HOW DO I FIND WHAT'S BEST FOR ME?
Dear Career Doctor:
I have spent my life in career moves that I fell into, taking what was
available, instead of what I wanted. Now at almost 45 years of age,
when I ask what I want to do with my life, I cannot answer the question.
I feel stuck, trapped, and have no idea what I would be great at.
I am envious of my wife who loves her work as an accountant. I, on the
other hand, feel like a mishmash. I am the Director of Public Health
for a Municipality. I am college educated with a degree in Business
Management, but I don't even know why I picked that.
I envy people who say this is what I love. I feel lost. How do I find
what's best for me?
This is exactly what career counselors help people discover! Here's
what I do with clients, and I think it's pretty typical of my profession:
I meet people for a session to get to know them. Then I send
them back home with some tests and exercises to assess their vocational
interests and what has made them successful in the past. We get together
and go over the results, acting like detectives, trying to new directions
that are practical and possible. The good news is that usually in a
few sessions, the right direction emerges from the "mishmash."
Your degree and experience can support a wide variety of career changes.
The question, as you say, is what would make you feel happier -- and
more in control of your choices.
You could call any college or university in your area and see if their
career counselors work with people in the community. If not, contact
the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC or the National
Board of Certified Counselors and ask for vocational psychologists or
career counselors nearby.
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.