Career Shifters

From Law to Photography

Career Shifters

“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.

2019 205

From Accountant to Nurse

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“Every day I left the office feeling frustrated and numb.”. Ever felt that the career you've invested in no longer fits? Tired of compromising his values, Andrew Grayson decided to explore his options elsewhere.

2018 236

“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

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

2018 224

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 142

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 165

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

2018 227

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.

2018 203

“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 178

“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 204

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.

2018 207

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.

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.

2018 207

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

2018 219

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

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 216

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.

2018 189

“I’m Scared Of Failing. How Do I Turn My Back On A Secure Career To Pursue Work I Love?”

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Sarah's spent years building a well-paid, well-regarded career. But the work doesn't suit her skills, and she feels detached and unhappy. How do you leap into work that fires you up, when it means taking a huge risk and starting all over again

2019 149

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 220

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 163

“How Do I Sell Myself To Potential Employers?”

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Doug's all fired up for his next challenge. But without an obvious career trajectory, he's struggling to present his skills in a compelling way. When you don't have a clear destination in mind, how do you effectively put across what you can offer

2018 175

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

2017 285

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 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 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 138

“How Do I Find The Confidence To Step Out Of My Career Comfort Zone?”

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Beth's work feels stagnant and mundane. But while she's sure it's time for a change, she's also finding it hard to stomach leaving the security of the work she knows. How do you find the motivation to leave the familiar and head out into the unknown

2018 178

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.

2018 208

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 209

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

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

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

“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 184

“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 181

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 203

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 184

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 205

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 240

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.

2018 197

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 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

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

From Advertising to Childcare

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“I felt that I was increasingly compromising on both home life and work.”. Under growing pressure to juggle the different areas of her world, Caroline El-Semman knew that something had to change. Then, she spotted a business opportunity that offered everything she was looking for.

2019 138