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Dear Molly: After 10+ years in hospital-based health care management, I decided to join a Bay Area dot-com in the e-healthcare business. It was an exciting, demanding job as project manager in the professional services division, and I loved it! But, as you can guess, the market went south, and our division was eliminated. My question is: Is there hope for the e-health care industry, and if so, how does one go about pursuing this career dream without getting burned again? If not, is it possible to transfer project management skills to another arena? Biotech? What do you think?

Molly says: Try to shift your perspective a bit. Instead of thinking of yourself as having been burned, think of all the experience you gained and the new direction you now have for your career. No job is forever, especially in the IT field. So, be grateful for what you learned and put the past behind you.

Since you’re out of a job at the moment, take a little time to learn more about two topics: e-healthcare and IT-related project management. Good project managers can write their own ticket anywhere in the IT world, so you may want to shift gears on purpose and move into another field. Or, you may want to stay in the health-related areas of IT, such as biotech. It’s up to you to decide.

You’re going to have to do some research, so let me point out a few Web sites to help get you started. You’ll also need to get busy putting a resumé together, if you haven’t already, find a recruiter to work with, and find some networking opportunities. You need to work with a recruiter while you look around on your own by talking with people in your chosen field.

Start by reading more about the topic of e-healthcare at the e-Healthcare Market Reporter site. The Gartner Group holds e-healthcare related conferences; to find out more and to research e-healthcare, visit the Gartner site. To learn more about IT project management, visit the comprehensive project management site, All Project Management.

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

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