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 been a Special Education Teacher for six years. While I have loved some parts of my job, I have truly hated others. I love explaining how to do things and talking and listening to my kids (middle school students.) I also love it when I adapt an assignment just right so it matches a child's strengths perfectly. I enjoy discussing my kids' hopes and dreams and giving them advice on their personal lives when they ask for it. In an ideal world, I would be a tutor or counselor full time.

So why am I writing to ask your advice? I have always been very interested in psychology. I'm thinking of going back to school for my Master's Degree in Psychology, and specializing in either neuropsychology, psychometrics, school psychology, or another branch if something interests me more. How should I decide whether to go back to school or just settle and continue teaching? I just want to find a field that fits me, and I don't know that teaching is it.

Anna F.

Dear Anna:

I am always amazed at how many of the people I counsel know what they want to do, but stop themselves from getting what they want. You know what it is like to work as a teacher and a counselor. Why settle?

Why not go for what you want, your “ideal world”? In fact, many school psychology and counseling psychology classes are scheduled so teachers can take them after work. So, if it’s not too stressful, you might be able to continue teaching while getting your Master’s degree.

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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