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 the anonymous , and she might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here. Contact in ation is here.


Dear Career Doctor:

I left a lucrative and prestigious career after eight years. (I worked for a small financial firm, but was tired of the large ego of the managing partner and his focus on using the firm as a plat for social climbing instead of building the firm.) I received a few calls from competitive firms, but decided to leave the industry and join a large corporation.

After a year, I enjoy my new job but realize that I made a mistake: I thought I hated my career, but I just hated my job. Should I return to my old profession? Will anyone take me?

Jack N.

Dear Jack:

It sounds like you are in a great position: You like your new job so you can afford to take the time needed to discreetly network your way back to your old field. If it works, that's great. And if it doesn't, you still have a job you like. I call that win-win.

Usually, if you realize you have made a mistake about leaving and admit it, people will let you back in, especially if you tell the most positive version of the truth. Here's an example of what I mean by that: "I thought I would like corporate life better. I'm doing well, but I miss the old field. I did well at the old firm too, but it wasn't the best fit. However, I think the fit at your firm would be good because....." Don't bad mouth the old boss or your current job. Instead, focus on why you want to join the firm you are interviewing with and what you can do for them.

Contact the competitive firms that had made overtures to you. If that doesn't work, contact headhunters and old colleagues. Who knows how the current turmoil in the financial markets will affect your job hunt, but I suspect you will find what you are looking for.

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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