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Q. I was in the middle of a great career when the world of advertising turned upside-down. I have no job and no real future and I wonder what I'm supposed to do now?

Ans. Start with an honest assessment of the many talents that led you to a great career in the first place. They are surely applicable to another field, and the recession won't last forever. Most important, you have to become positive about the future, as hard at that seems right now. Sometimes you can do that with the right direction.  Mick Ukleja and Robert Lorber offer that in their book, "Who Are You? What Do You Want? Four Questions that Will Change Your Life" (Perigee Hardcover $19.95) Once you remember the purpose, passions and values that led you to one successful career you'll find the ways to another.

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