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 full-time mother who has been out of the working environment for seven years. My question is how can I re-enter the working world?

I had been happy working in New York City but had to resign my when my husband was transferred overseas. Now I do not want to work in New York City since I will be too far away from the children in the event of an emergency. In addition, I would like a career (not just a job to bide my time away) which would have flexibility. This way I can work with my children's schedules and be there for them when they come home from school.

Other than teaching, can you suggest some careers that are ideal for mothers? I am looking into becoming a speech pathologist but I am open to other career paths. My goal is to be working full time in four years or by the time our youngest is in kindergarten.


Dear V:

You mention that you are exploring becoming a speech pathologist. Thatís a profession where you can find part-time work in a clinical setting, or establish a private practice and set your own hours. In fact, almost all of the professions Ė law, accounting, psychology, social work, physical therapy, etc. Ė offer this possibility and therefore are sympatico with a mom or dadís need to be home for a child. (It isnít just moms these days who are the primary at-home parent!)

Another very different field that offers flexible schedules is sales. Iím not talking about retail sales, which, unfortunately, usually offers long hours and low pay! Instead, consider sales representative positions where you call on corporate clients offering a product or service. In smart companies, as long as sales reps meet their quotas, no one questions their hours.

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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