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Escaping the Healthcare Ghetto
I'm a designer with 10+ years experience predominantly in healthcare design, who wants to work on other project types.

Unfortunately, transitioning is proving difficult as employers think there's little relevance to other program types. It's as if I wanted to move to into a new profession like rocket science or brain surgery.

Any suggestions on how to break into other areas like residential, office, cultural, etc?
Roger Alman
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Escaping the Healthcare Ghetto
Roger, Your situation (being someone who has unintentionally become a specialist but who wants to move on to fresh fields) has parallels in other professions (legal, etc).

From what I have read, the way forward is for you to market your "skills" or "skill set" and emphasis any work done which is non-healthcare.

Alternatively, you could trade your way into a firm on your healthcare expertise, but with the proviso (written into your contract) that you move on to other work after a six month period. And thereafter you could act as an inhouse consultant. The bait of course is that adding your expertise to a firm broadens their own marketability.
Frank John Snelling
Escaping the Healthcare Ghetto
Thanks Fred. I've begun to break out my "transferable" skills and experience. The contract pitch is a good idea. The trick is getting an interview with a non-healthcare firm in the first place. It's almost a pre-interview call that's required otherwise I'm "disqualified" due to my background. But reaching the appropriate person can be a challenge.

Any suggestions for doing this?
Roger Alman
Escaping the Healthcare Ghetto
Fred? Who is Fred? :) The advice that I have read in the past is to research specific companies and /or informally approach staff.

On the other hand you try the "Snelling & Snelling employment agency" in the USA (no direct relation, other than a 1,000 year old Anglo-Saxon surname).
Frank John Snelling
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