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.


Dear Career Doctor:

I have just completed a B.S. in Business Management, however my heart has always told me to become a doctor. For some reason, I decided instead to do business.

What do you suggest I do? Would I have to do five years more, even with a business degree?


Dear Janet:

I am afraid you probably have more than five years of study ahead if you want to become a doctor. First, before you can apply to medical school, you have to complete all the pre-requisite courses you probably missed when getting a business degree: physics, mathematics, biology, inorganic and organic chemistry. Then, of course, there are four years of medical school followed by three to eight years of internship and residency.

It will require enormous effort for you to change fields., but spending your life in a field you don't like may require even more effort. The question is: How much do you love medicine and how much do you dislike business?

How to decide? Take a job in business and/or take some of the pre-med courses you missed. See how you like each. If you dislike business and enjoy the pre-med courses, then I would advise you to follow your heart.

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.


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