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.
THE DENTAL DRILL
Dear Career Doctor:
I'm a dentist from Colombia. I love and enjoy my profession. I am 39
years old and in order to get my dentist license here is USA I will
have to take dental studies all over again. I am talking about 6 years
of studying! Is this realistic and worthy at my age?
Dear Dr. Toves:
I was shocked to find out that you are absolutely correct: to take the dental licensing exam, you have to go through dental school again! Even more ridiculous, you could not even take the licensing exam to be a dental hygienist unless you took the one or two year course in the US for that! It seems unreasonable of New York State to require this of you -- but those are the facts.
Should you retrain to become a dentist here? The answer depends on how
much you love being a dentist and whether you could be satisfied in
some other related field. Here are some things to consider when making
Given your knowledge of the field, you could probably get a job running
a dental practice -- supervising support staff, booking appointments
and billing. The pay might be pretty good at a large practice. But could
you be happy just doing this?
If you would not be happy unless you worked directly with patients,
you could take a one or two year course and be a dental hygienist. Sure
you would be overqualified, but you could earn $40 an hour and deal
with patients. How would you feel about that?
Another possibility is to use your science training to become a teacher.
There is a tremendous need for science teachers in our middle and high
schools. You might be able to be hired, even without any further training,
in a private or parochial school to teach science. For higher pay and
better benefits, you could get a Masters and teach in the public school
system. (New York City has a Teaching Fellows program that will employ
you while you get your Masters. And the fact that you speak Spanish
should be a big plus.)
However, if none of these options will make you happy and you will feel
cheated or resentful if you can not practice as a dentist, then I would look
into retraining -- but before you start a program, check on their track
record for finding employment for graduates in their forties.
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.