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:

What are the acceptable answers when the interviewers ask the question, "Why do you want to be a doctor?" -- other than better earning and job security?

Nirmal K.

Dear Nirmal:

I am tempted not to answer this question, because, quite frankly, if you don't know the answer to this question, you shouldn't be a physician.

The only good reason for subjecting yourself to medical school is that you love helping patients as much as you love the study of science. If you can't say this honestly, look for other jobs that provide good pay and job security. There are plenty of them -- ones that don't require the grueling hours, emotional stress and exposure to blood, guts and disease. Patients deserve to be treated by physicians who genuinely care about their welfare and want to cure illness -- not just earn a good income.

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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