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. Contact in ation is here.

ADOPTION LAW

Dear Career Doctor:

Five years ago, I gave birth to my daughter and then gave her to adoptive parents. Since then I have thought about Adoption Law. The adoption of my daughter was enlightening, but frustrating, as the agency skipped a few bullet points to "complete the transaction" if you will. Friends, family and teachers/professors have said I would make a good lawyer, but how do I know for sure? My biggest fear is looking back on my life when I am 50 and thinking I made the wrong career choice.

Sarah

Dear Sarah:

Years ago I interviewed a number of birth mothers for my book, Successful Adoption, and they told me how difficult and heart-wrenching it was to give up their baby. So, I think it is noble of you to want to make it a better experience for all involved. However, as you seem to understand, noble goals do not always translate into fulfilling careers.

Successful lawyers combine the discipline and ability to study/learn the law with the creativity to apply these laws in ways that can be helpful to their clients. In addition, they possess the kind of logical reasoning that is needed to ace the LSAT's.

Would you find legal study dry or interesting? Would you find "creative" use of the law frustrating or fascinating? If you don't know, you might want to test the waters by taking a pre-law course, getting a job as a paralegal or taking a prep course for the LSAT's.

If the law isn't for you, there are other ways to help make adoption easier for all involved. For example, you could become a professional or volunteer counselor who helps pregnant women make the choice that is right for them.

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.

For more in ation go to www.jacquelineplumez.com.