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:

Instead of going to college, I traveled and worked and gained lots of "life experience." Now I am thirty-seven and I would like to go to school and even become a lawyer, but I'm overwhelmed by all the years of school ahead of me at this stage of my life. Any advice?


Dear BG:

The first thing I would do is contact Empire State College. They are an accredited part of the State University of New York system and they were founded to help people in your situation. They give college credits for work and life experience. They also offer both online coursework and on-campus courses in 35 locations around New York State. You can find out more if you go to

If you want to enter the field of law in a quicker way, you might want to explore becoming a paralegal. Some community colleges offer Associates Degrees or even one year certification programs. By working as a paralegal, you can see if you want to devote the time and effort needed to get a full law degree.

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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.