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Find out about turning ideas, images, and text into digital format by attending conferences and checking Content Magazine online. Content-management IT jobs Find out about turning ideas, images, and text into digital format by attending conferences and checking Content Magazine online.

Dear Molly: Is there any way for someone without a lot of interest in computers–by that I mean no interest in the back-end aspects of how they are put together and how they work–to get involved in the computer industry? I am in my mid-forties and have worked for years in manufacturing management. I see the world economy shifting away from making stuff into making and disseminating information and ideas. I want to get involved. How do I do this?

Molly says: Sounds to me as though you might be interested in something called content management. This is an umbrella term, one of a several, for the idea that we have all this stuff (ideas/images/text) in digital form and we ought to be able to make the most of it. If you are interested in making ideas instead of physical goods, I suggest you learn more about the business of content management.

There is no one book or Web site I can suggest that will help you learn what you need to know. Given your background, you don’t need a primer on managing anything. The best way for you to start would be to find a conference on content management that has a large number of exhibitors in the content management area. Go, listen, walk around and collect the handouts on the companies.

You can also learn a lot by reading information on the Web. Search for the term “content management” with your browser to find sources of information. I suggest you also visit the Web site of Content Magazine, which is affiliated with the Content World trade show and conference.

Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. Ask a career-related question at [email protected]

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