Career Shifters

From Law to Teaching

Career Shifters

“I liked my work, but I felt there was something more out there for me.”. Myles Preston had a career itch that needed to be scratched. So, when he came across a structured training programme that provided the opportunity to explore his ideas, he leapt at the chance.

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From TV to Speech Writing

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“I wanted to work from home, during hours of my choosing.”. Heidi Ellert McDermott enjoyed her work, but when a change in her life circumstances meant it was no longer an option, she looked for ways to use her skills elsewhere.

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From Healthcare to Data

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“I battled the worst case of imposter syndrome I've ever experienced.”. Bored with meetings and documents, Marcus Grant was ready to learn something more technical.

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“It’s Going To Be Messy, And It’s OK If It Hurts” – 7 Hard-hitting Career Change Lessons From Society’s Great Minds

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Feel like you're the only one struggling to work out what you want to do with your life? The questions you're grappling with have a long lineage, explored by great thinkers and creatives for thousands of years.

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“My Confidence Is Shattered. How Do I Convince Myself That I’m Good Enough To Try Something New?”

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Sitting behind a desk every day was always Rachel's idea of hell. But somehow, she's found herself doing just that, in an uninspiring role that's drained her confidence and creativity. How do you find meaningful work when you're convinced you've got nothing to offer

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From Teaching to Portfolio Career

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“I couldn't take the stress and misalignment anymore.”. Feeling bitter and hopeless, Jackie Boylhart sought help to plan a gradual shift into work that felt like a better fit. Here, she shares why slow and steady wins the race, and how her mindset's been key to the process

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From Classrooms to Children's Stories

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“The workload was brutal.”. Catherine Carroll was giving hours of her free time over to her job. Then, her priorities changed. Here's how she forged a new, more creative work identity, and built a business that fits around her schedule

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“How Do I Make Progress Towards My Dream Career, When I Can't Afford To Retrain?”

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James is serious about changing his career. There's just one problem – he can't afford to study for the qualification he needs to pursue his ideal work. How do you make progress with your shift, when you don't have the money to make it possible

2019 166

From Law to Photography

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“I was so unhappy at work that I became a horrible person at home.”. Jen Griffin was overwhelmed and miserable in her job. After taking some time to reevaluate (and hitting a couple of dead ends), she’s now in a portfolio career that allows her creative side out to play.

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From Teaching to Start-up

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“I'd become more and more disillusioned.”. When an impromptu demo at a family party sparked an opportunity for change, Matt Dyson grabbed it with both hands. Here's how he managed his finances, and the uncertainty, to create work that he genuinely loves

2019 160

From Teacher to Web Developer

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“Work had become monotonous.”. Bryn Williams knew he needed a change. Though he'd identified a potential new path, it didn't make the worry over his finances or work prospects any easier. Here's how he found the support he needed to weather the transition and see his efforts pay off

2019 183

From Management Consultant to Childcare Entrepreneur

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“I couldn't miss the chance to fix something I could see wasn't working.”. Ever come across an opportunity too enticing to turn down? Zarja Cibej loved her job, but the lure of a problem in a crucial market, and the solution she could create to solve it, was simply too appealing to pass by.

No Relevant Skills? How A New Take On 'Value' Can Help You Feel More Confident In Your Career Change

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Feeling uninteresting, underqualified and unimportant? Struggling to see what you could offer in a different field? Natasha suggests a new perspective on the subject of ‘value’, and some simple but effective ways to share it, no matter where you’re at or what your background

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From Charity to Children's Clothing

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“I needed a new challenge, but one that allowed me to work flexibly.”. Samantha Collen loved her work. But then her personal circumstances changed. Here, she shares how she found a niche that was an ideal match for her skills, surprisingly close to home

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From Teaching to Portfolio Career

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“The pressure was crushing me.”. David Preston had been in the same profession for most of his working life, but a stressful new role left him no choice but to quit without a back-up plan.

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From Marketing to Portfolio Career

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“I realised my job was making me truly miserable.”. Catherine Allison wanted to make a success of her role, but between workload struggles and poor cultural fit, it simply wasn't happening.

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What Got You Here Won't Get You There: The 3 Career 'Rules' Keeping You Trapped In Your Shift

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You're not stupid. So why are you so stuck? Natasha shares 3 'common sense' ideas that are so ingrained, you can't even see them – and how to un-learn them to start making progress in your career change

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“I Feel Like A Jack of All Trades, Master Of None. How Do I Make Progress On My Shift?”

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Alex's career has taken him all over the world. But while his lifestyle appears impossibly glamorous, he feels isolated and financially unstable. How do you make the leap into secure employment, with an unusual career history and no idea where you want to go next

2019 161

How To Change Career When You Have No Idea What You're Doing

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Stuck in a job that isn't you? Ready for a career change, but have no idea what else you could do – or where to start? Drawing on his own story, Richard explains how by ditching the conventional career rules, you'll radically increase your chances of finding something you love

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From Tech to Photography

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“I was running out of steam to keep plugging away at the same old problems.”. Can you really make a similar salary doing something more creative? Paul Clarke has shown you can, though it's taken time, a few zero-income months, and a lot of work along the way. Here's his story

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4 Unexpected Things That Might Happen When You Make A Career Change

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They're scary. They're exhilarating. And if you're not prepared to deal with them, you might as well stay in your current career. Here, Natasha shares four curveball side effects of shifting careers you probably haven't considered. How many are you ready for

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From Retail to Law

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“If I was going to feel stress, I wanted it to be because I was doing something meaningful to me.”. When the pressure in Vicki Dodge's role suddenly grew, she made a snap decision that it was time to go.

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From Private Sector to Charity

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“I was unhappy – constantly monitored, and always being pushed to do more.”. When Lucy Hipwood was offered a choice to leave, her decision was clear. Here's how a volunteering opportunity turned into a new career, and why she's feeling freer than she's ever felt before

2019 137

“My Career Decisions Have Led Me Down The Wrong Path. How Can I Trust Myself To Find Work I Love?”

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Jordan feels trapped in a career that doesn't play to her strengths. But every time she thinks about making a change, she's plagued with fear and insecurity that stops her dead in her tracks. How do you plan a fulfilling new career, when you've lost faith in your instincts

2019 142

From Technical Writing to UX Design

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“I was at the end of my tether. I knew I couldn't carry on Googling for answers.”. After years of being unhappy in his work, Dan Brown discovered he didn't need to make a huge shift, or start all over again, to find a role he loved.

2019 169

“I've Got No Idea What I'm Good At – So How Can I Change Career?”

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Manali has always known she was in the wrong line of work. But when she thinks of exploring her options elsewhere, paralysis sets in. How do you get started on a shift when you can't be sure where your talents lie

2018 183

From Marketing to Data

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“I don't miss the day-to-day stresses.”. After lots of research and exploration (and a few failed interviews), Alexander Fridriksson found a way to zoom in on his interests, upgrade his skills, and shift without risking his finances. Here's how he did it

2019 149

“I’m Scared Of Not Being Good Enough.”

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Lena's feeling anxious and unsettled in her career. She's also struggling to believe she'll ever be able to secure her ideal work. When it feels like a huge risk to put yourself out there, how do you find the courage to show others what you're capable of

2019 153

From Marketer to Portfolio Careerist (Plus Post-shift Update)

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“I was turning into one of the sleepwalking corporate drones I'd sworn I'd never become.”. Carla Watkins was battling a bullying CEO, boredom and long hours in a job she despised, when a driving trip opened her eyes to the road she truly wanted to follow.

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4 Ways To Find Work That Feels Like You

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You want to do work that fits your personality. But what if you've spent so long in a job you hate, you've lost touch with who you are? Natasha shares four starting points to getting paid to be yourself

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From Nursing to Own Charity

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“My gut was screaming at me, ‘You have to do this.’”. Holly Penalver had always written off humanitarian work as a pipe dream. But when she saw a problem that needed fixing in the sector, she couldn't resist the challenge.

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How To Move Into A New Career With No Relevant Experience On Your CV

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Everywhere you turn it seems to be staring back at you: "Experience in a similar role required". How can you move into work you love when nobody will give you a chance? Natasha shares the key ideas and practical actions that can help you dodge the experience Catch-22

2018 196

“How Do I Resist Falling Back Into The Soulless Work I Know?”

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Chris is tired of doing work he finds meaningless. But while he’s been given an opportunity to explore new ideas, he’s also got a young family to support. When it feels like time, and savings, are running out, how do you stop yourself from drifting back to the same old unsatisfying role

2019 162

From Teaching to Portfolio Career

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“I was crying every day before going to work.”. Frustrated by the limitations of her role, Sarit Gafan decided to take some time out to explore her options. Here's how she harnessed the power of volunteering for her shift, and created the contacts that ultimately led to an exciting new opportunity

2019 146

From Customer Services to Project Management

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“I felt like every day I spent at work was wasted.”. Laura Prado found it hard to speak up for herself at work, even though she wasn't stimulated or challenged. But then she found the courage to ask for help. Here's how she discovered the confidence to be herself, and to find work that finally fits

2019 154

Your 13-word Career-change Stories – The Top Ten

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Last week, we challenged you to tell your career-change story in just 13 words. And boy, did you deliver! Now it's time to find the winner of a one-hour deep-dive with Natasha (or a £100 / $130 voucher if they've already shifted). Ready to cast your votes

2018 194

3 Questions To Ask Yourself When 'What Should I Do?' Isn't Working

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Tired of searching endlessly for ‘your thing’ and coming up empty-handed? Unable to make progress until you know what your future career should be? Sometimes a change in focus can reveal a whole host of new possibilities.

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From Education to Own Business

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“My partner asked me what I would do if I was not afraid. Spontaneously, I answered ‘I would quit my job’”. Myriam Hadnes' creativity was being stifled – she longed for a new challenge. So, she started to reach out to others to explore her options.

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How To Move Into A New Career Without Starting From The Bottom

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You've put so much time and effort into your career so far. You're respected, you know what you do inside and out – you'd hate to have to start from scratch again. Natasha shares how becoming an 'insider' can help you bypass the bottom of the ladder and be taken seriously in your new industry

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How To Begin: 7 Things To Do When You're Stuck At The Start Of Your Career Change

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You're ready to make a shift. You're fed up with feeling miserable at work. And you're struggling to know where to start. Natasha explains the art of beginning – and how, despite the risks and uncertainty, you can take practical, positive steps towards a more fulfilling career

2019 156

From Fundraising to Project Management

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“Most days, I felt like I was in the wrong place.”. When Yan Lau took a natural sidestep in her role, little did she know that it would leave her feeling so unfulfilled.

2019 149

From Office Life to Own Business

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“I had a burning desire that got stronger. I wanted to try to make a go of things myself.”. Siobhan Partridge was tired of working for someone else. She needed to know if she could build something of her own, so she set out to make it happen.

2018 206

From Office to Outdoors

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“Everything about my job screamed 'This isn't me!'”. Following a serious car accident, outdoors-lover Catherine Hanna found herself desk-bound, stressed and unhappy at work. Then, an insightful colleague opened her eyes to a simple truth that changed everything.

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