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 am currently a pre-med in college. I recently got dismissed from an elite honors program due to my low GPA because of science courses. Although I want to be a doctor, I find that I am afraid to make the decision because most school-related decisions I made in the past seem to have been wrong. What if I don't have a scientific aptitude?

Sophie F.

Dear Sophie:

There is a whole world full of people who do not have a scientific aptitude and yet have meaningful, happy lives! For example, your Career Doctor got her Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University and did not like science courses. (Psychology is as much art as science.)

Did you really like science courses in high school and college? If you really didn't love the courses, find another field. If you did like the courses, there may be some reason, other than a lack of aptitude, causing you to get poor grades. You may have a previously undetected learning disability that can be overcome. (Very bright people can have learning disabilities that don't show up until course work gets really difficult.) You may have some psychological block to success. Or you may wish to find a good position in the medical field that does not require the incredibly rigorous study required to be a physician.

My strong suggestion is to go to your college counseling center and get some vocational and, possibly, some psychological counseling to help you figure out the right field for you.

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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