Career Shifters

From Charity to Children's Clothing

Career Shifters

“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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“My Mind Is Going Round In Circles. How Do I Find A Way Through The Confusion?”

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Rachel's stuck in analysis paralysis. She gets no joy from her job, but she's struggling to work out if making a leap is anything more than a pipe dream. When you're terrified of getting it wrong, how do you figure out which way to go

2018 183

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

2018 219

“Say Yes To The Butterflies.” Alex's Real-life Career Change Lessons

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When Alex Brooks joined the Career Change Launch Pad, she thought she’d end up with a new job. Instead, she overhauled her entire life. Here, she shares the shift in perspective that put her back in the driver’s seat and doing what she loves

2018 188

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 201

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 207

From Account Manager to Portfolio Careerist

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“My friends all seemed to know what they were doing with their careers, while I felt stuck and unfulfilled.”. Thea Partridge had spent years pursuing a 'sensible' marketing career, but wasn't happy.

2018 188

From Marketing to Storytelling

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“I'd plateaued in my day job; after ten years I needed something new.”. Matthew Barrett didn't dislike his work, but he wanted to start something of his own.

2018 145

From Agency to Own Business

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“I hated the politics, bureaucracy and red tape.”. What do you do when you can no longer stand the environment you work in? Lucy Gillions enjoyed her role, but felt stifled by everything that came with corporate life. So, she decided to branch out on her own.

2018 206

From Product Development to Gelato

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“It was a dream that I just had to give a shot.”. Frustrated with slow-moving corporate processes? Hannah Wood was. When a scholarship abroad reawakened her foodie roots, she suddenly saw an opportunity back home.

2018 153

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 Higher Education to Own Business

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“I realised that the already-pressured environment would become even worse.”. With department budgets squeezed and a work–life balance that was difficult to manage, Dawn Morse decided to change direction.

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From Purchasing to Cooking

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“There was too much stress. I wasn't happy anymore.”. Maria Lima was bored with her role. By going back to her family roots she's rediscovered an activity that gives her genuine pleasure and, through this, found a whole new world of career possibilities.

2018 218

No Light-bulb Moments? How To Change Career When You Can't Find Your One Big Passion

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Feeling pressure to find the 'one' thing: the thing you're supposed to love and do forever? Lisa explains why it's quicker (and a lot more fun) to forget the big elusive 'passion' and focus instead on looking for a Little Yes

2018 204

From Teaching to Prison Reform

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“I couldn't make the difference I wanted in a job that was so all-consuming.”. When she found a social cause that inspired her, Sarah Beresford couldn't resist pivoting her career. Here's how she took a calculated risk to turn that passion into a paying, fulfilling role

2018 153

What To Do When You Want To Do Everything: Is A Portfolio Career Right For You?

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Struggling to choose one thing to do next? If you'd love to indulge more than one of your interests – and get paid for them – a portfolio career can seem deeply appealing. But what does it actually look like? Who is it right for? And if you want one, how do you get started?

2018 194

The Feel-good Trap: How The Search For Happiness Is Keeping You Stuck In Your Shift (And What To Focus On Instead)

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Not happy – either with your current work, or with how your career change is going? Natasha explains why the way you understand happiness could be holding you back – and how a new perspective can speed up your shift

2018 204

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 207

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

2017 266

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

2017 272

From Libraries to Research

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“It was difficult not to feel attached to the identity that I'd carried for 15 years.”. Verity knew it was time for a new challenge: something that would both stretch her and offer the flexibility she needed.

2018 200

“I Know What I Want To Do, But I’m Terrified. How Do I Find The Courage To Make The Leap?”

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Megha has no doubts about her skills, her ambition or the field she wants to move into. But she remains a captive to fear. How do you build your resilience so that you're strong enough to face the unknown

2018 149

The Renegade Mindset: How To Stay True To What Matters To You

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In a world where the pressure to conform is all-consuming, how do you discover what you want, and then maintain the strength of mind to carve your own path? Natasha shares how to create the mindset shift you need to break the mould and stay on track for a career (and a life) you love

2018 241

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.

2018 229

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.

2018 161

From Insurance to Data Science

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“For any new idea that came up, I'd always find a reason why I couldn't do it.”. Stuck in a thought loop that trashed all her ideas, Andrea Asamoah set out to change her mindset. Here, she shares the low-risk approach she used to narrow down her options, and how she’s now found work that fits

No Clear Career Ideas? The 3 Mistakes You’re Making (And 3 Things To Do Instead)

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If you're stuck for ideas and struggling for inspiration, you're not a lost cause. You're just looking at your shift from the wrong angle.

2018 206

Why A Compelling Story Is Vital For Career Change – And How To Craft Yours

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Feel awkward or confused when you talk about your shift? Unsure of who you are anymore, since so much has changed? Natasha explains how a great story can help you find confidence, connections and opportunities as a career changer – and the key principles you need to tell yours brilliantly

2018 210

From Software Trainer to Digital Nomad

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“It was miserable. I knew there had to be a better way.”. Esther Inman was sure that if she put her mind to it, she could find more-flexible, location-independent work. So, she took a leap of faith to make it happen.

2018 207

3 Things To Remember When You Feel You're Not Where You Should Be

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You should be further along in your shift. You should have done more. You're not where you wanted to be by now. Sound familiar? Natasha shares three lessons to get you focused, freed up, and having fun with your career change

2017 267

From Teaching to Ceramics

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“I began to feel so anxious about going into work that I started to feel ill.”. Becky Mackenzie was trapped in her own belief that financial responsibility meant pursuing a conventional career path. But that meant ignoring a huge part of who she was.

2018 219

From Corporate Life to Social Impact

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“I became ashamed of my job, always trying to shorten or completely avoid the topic in conversation.”. Vera Frajtova realised that job-hopping wasn't going to solve her long-term job dissatisfaction. So, she decided to think outside the box.

2018 184

Share Your 13-word Career-change Story

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Tell us your career-change story in exactly 13 words, and be in with a chance to win a one-hour deep-dive with Natasha to tackle your biggest challenge with your shift –or, if you've already shifted, a £100 / $130 Amazon voucher

2018 152

From 'No Idea' To 'Ideal Career': 3 Unexpected Lessons From Creatives On How To Start From Scratch

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When you try to imagine your future career, what can you see? Is there a clear, inspiring image in front of you, or an intimidating blank page?

2018 227

From Corporate Life to Portfolio Career

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“I felt I was letting my employer down by not going back.”. Vicki Weinberg had had a tough year; when the time came to return to work, she simply wasn't ready.

2018 156

From Retail to Pottery

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“I always felt like a creative person, but was never confident enough to do something with it.”. Emma Low knew she wasn't cut out for the 9–5. So, boosted by a wave of support from her loved ones, she decided to take a much-loved hobby and turn it into a full-time pursuit.

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From Manager to Blacksmith

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“Doing the same thing every day really got to me – it wasn't what I wanted to do with my life.”. Ever long to ditch your computer and use your hands more? Leszek Sikon did.

2018 165

From Marketing to Portfolio Career

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wanted to make a difference. But all I was doing was making rich companies richer.”. Kiran Gill's career looked great on paper, but left her feeling hollow. So, in a bold leap, she quit her job and started to bring to life ideas she'd been thinking about for almost a decade.

2018 147

5 Tough Truths About Your Career Change (From Unlikely Experts)

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A dog psychologist, a radio host, and a painter. These people aren’t (technically) qualified to give you guidance on your career change. But they’re also not scared to tell you the truth.

2018 200

From 9–5 to Freelance

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“I was living for the weekend, and spending too much money to make myself feel better during the week.”. Claire Sanders loved her work, but something about the context needed to change. So, instead of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, she made a simple sidestep.

“How Do I Stop Caring What Other People Think?”

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Tania's job is secure, comfortable, and making her miserable. She's facing a clear choice – the stable route or taking a risk – but the cacophony of opinions she's hearing from others is making her doubt herself. How do you listen to your own voice, when others speak so loud

2018 145

From Customer Care to Photography

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“Things changed. And I didn't see a future for myself in the new work situation.”. When Inbal Tur-Shalom visited friends in the Caribbean, she triggered a sequence of events that led to not just a new career, but an entirely different life.

2018 186

The Art Of Being Clueless: How To Change Career When You're Totally Confused

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No idea what to do next in your career change? Feeling trapped, frustrated and unable to make progress? There's a group of people who have made 'not-knowing and doing amazing things anyway' an art form.

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