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:
Five years ago, I gave birth to my daughter and then gave her to adoptive
parents. Since then I have thought about Adoption Law. The adoption
of my daughter was enlightening, but frustrating, as the agency skipped
a few bullet points to "complete the transaction" if you will. Friends,
family and teachers/professors have said I would make a good lawyer,
but how do I know for sure? My biggest fear is looking back on my life
when I am 50 and thinking I made the wrong career choice.
Years ago I interviewed a number of birth mothers for my book, Successful
Adoption, and they told me how difficult and heart-wrenching it was
to give up their baby. So, I think it is noble of you to want to make
it a better experience for all involved. However, as you seem to understand,
noble goals do not always translate into fulfilling careers.
Successful lawyers combine the discipline and ability to study/learn
the law with the creativity to apply these laws in ways that can be
helpful to their clients. In addition, they possess the kind of logical
reasoning that is needed to ace the LSAT's.
Would you find legal study dry or interesting? Would you find "creative"
use of the law frustrating or fascinating? If you don't know, you might
want to test the waters by taking a pre-law course, getting a job as
a paralegal or taking a prep course for the LSAT's.
If the law isn't for you, there are other ways to help make adoption
easier for all involved. For example, you could become a professional
or volunteer counselor who helps pregnant women make the choice that
is right for them.
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.
For more in ation go to www.jacquelineplumez.com.