Career Shifters

“How Do I Get Employers To Take Me Seriously In My New Field?”

Career Shifters

After successfully working her way up in a tough corporate environment, Minnie realised that she was in the wrong career. She's since worked hard to retrain, but she's finding paid work impossible to come by. When you've got so much to offer, how do you get employers to recognise your value

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From Employee to Freelancer

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“The news was an alarming wake-up call. The next day I handed in my resignation.”. International travel and work-related anxiety were starting to impact negatively on Alison's life.

2020 133

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How To Avoid Shifting Into Another Career You Hate

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Scared of making the wrong move and winding up in another soul-sucking career? Shifting is always risky, but there is a way to test drive your ideas before you commit.

2020 170

From Market Research to Refugee Support

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“I decided then that I must do something or I would live the rest of my life as a fraud.”. When the refugee crisis hit Europe, Paul Hutchings knew he had to act. One small step snowballed into a new career that's brought him purpose and meaning.

2019 254

Lower Your Standards (Or, How Golden Unicorns Are Ruining Your Career Change)

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Feeling paralysed and trapped? No idea what you want to do next with your career? Natasha doesn't buy it. Here, she explains a key 'ideas' distinction keeping you stuck, and shares a simple way to start making progress, no matter how uncertain you feel

2019 213

3 Ways To Answer 'What Do You Do?' When It's The Last Thing You Want To Talk About

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It comes out at parties, networking events, family dinners… there's no escape. Everybody asks it, everybody's answered it, and everybody sighs when it's mentioned. But nobody dreads it as much as the career changer. It's The Question.

2019 240

Your Biggest Career Change Nemesis (And How To Defeat It)

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You're stuck in your search for work you love. You want nothing more than to wake up excited every morning, but there's something getting in the way. What is it? Natasha suggests your biggest career change adversary might be closer than you think, and offers her insights on how to overcome it

2020 168

From Physio to Charity

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“I wanted to do more to help people. It felt like a calling I couldn't ignore.”. Tas Economou worked hard on beating 'impostor syndrome' to become a success in her career. But she knew something else was missing, and she was determined to find out what that was.

2019 207

From Geotechnical Engineer to Software Engineer

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“I dreaded going to the office every day.”. Marina Sideri felt like she was performing a well-scripted role: doing well on the outside, yet unhappy on the inside. So, she quit her job without a back-up plan and took some time to plan her next move.

2020 133

Why I Feel Uncomfortable Writing Career Change Articles

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I want you to find fulfilling work. Supporting you to figure out what you want to do, and to make the shift – it's why I do what I do every day. But this process frustrates me beyond belief. Here's why

2019 177

From PR to Nutrition

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“I didn't feel a 'calling', and I wasn't passionate about the work.”. Fighting burnout and lacking purpose, Lottie Williams was ready to find work that finally felt good. Here's how a genius question helped her connect the dots, and how she retrained to make her idea a reality

2019 184

From Tax to Corporate Governance

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“I was never happy with my job. I wasn’t proud of what I did, and never felt I fitted the role.”. Chiaki Taylor hated her work for 16 years. Then, she finally decided to commit to making a change.

2019 207

From TV to Memory Books

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“I yearned to be my own boss, to choose who I worked with and what I did.”. Long hours, lack of creative control and constant illness left Katie Ryde exhausted. Then, a timely conversation and an impending change in family circumstances gave her the push she needed to set up something of her own.

2019 203

From Child Protection to Art Therapy

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“I felt depressed and anxious. Some days I didn't feel like going to work at all.”. Liz Fairfax wanted to make a positive difference in children's lives, but she couldn't do that where she was. An inspiring talk gave her an idea for a new career and set her down a path of retraining.

2020 133

“I'm Trapped And It's Crushing My Self-esteem. How Can I Rediscover My Career Confidence?”

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After graduating, Grace fell into what seemed like an exciting career. But years later, an energy-sapping work environment and a lack of future prospects have left her feeling completely demotivated.

2019 219

The Most Powerful Tool In Your Career Change Arsenal (Hint: You Use It Every Day)

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Scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs use it; it's sparked the greatest achievements in the world; and it's something you use every day (but likely not in the most powerful way).

2019 184

Leading A Double Life At Work? Why This Is Keeping You Trapped – And What To Do About It

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Feel like a fraud in your job? As though you're only a fraction of yourself from Monday to Friday? Or, worse, someone else altogether? This is likely affecting more than just your mood.

2019 173

From Graphic Design to Travel (Plus Post-shift Update)

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“Overcoming doubt is hard, but once you decide to just do it – that's when it gets exciting.”. Adam Groffman had trodden the 'expected' path after university. But a weekend in Reykjavik taught him that he didn't have to follow the herd – he could design his own working life, on his own terms.

2019 218

“I'm Confused By All The Options In Front Of Me. How Do I Narrow Down My Ideas?”

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Nicole's fed up with spending her days doing meaningless work. She longs to trade it all in for something that really fires her up. But how do you discover your ideal career, you've got so many ideas that your head is spinning

2019 162

From Legal Secretary to Legal Executive

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“I was bored. There had to be a more rewarding career out there for me.”. Karen Hayward was stagnating in her role. Then, a colleague inspired her to aim higher. After juggling home, work and retraining, she proved to her firm that she was worth the risk and secured their support.

2019 207

From Software Trainer to Digital Nomad (Plus Post-Shift Update)

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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.

2019 165

From Education to Tech

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“I realised that change couldn't be worse than being stuck forever in a place I didn't want to be.”. Helena Kalaninová realised that she didn't just hate her current job; she'd disliked all her previous jobs. So, she decided to shift to a completely new career.

2020 145

4 Ways Your Brain Is Keeping You Stuck In Your Career Change – And What To Do About It

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Feeling stuck, lost and helpless in your search for fulfilling work? Unable to move forward, but not entirely sure why? Sometimes your biggest obstacles are on the inside. Natasha shares how your mind might be making your shift a struggle – and specific strategies to make progress faster

2019 180

From Research to Food

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“By Saturday evening I'd already be dreading my return to work on Monday.”. Nena Foster longed to do something more creative – and with greater flexibility to fit around her family.

2019 207

“I Don’t Know What Else I Could Do. How Do I Expand My Career Change Horizons?”

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Ann is desperate to trade her demoralising job for a career she could love. But how do you find something new and fulfilling, when it feels like the only work you know (and are qualified for), is the exact work you want to get away from

2019 168

“How Do I Break Free From Others’ Expectations?”

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Haywood always longed for a creative career, until life – and other people’s expectations – took over. Now, after years of hard work, he’s a corporate success who inspires pride in the people he loves. But the 9–5 isn’t him, and he longs to give it all up.

2019 204

From Surveyor to Entrepreneur

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“I wanted to do something that allowed me to excel at being 'me'.”. Barry Freeder had always felt like he was in the wrong profession. A timely redundancy gave him the push he needed to start up on his own and make his design ambitions a reality. Here's how he did it

From Research to Portfolio Career

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“I would sit with one eye on the clock, counting down the hours and minutes until I could walk out the door.”. Elaine Massung was wishing her life away in her previous role.

2019 216

From Law to Teaching

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“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.

2019 217

From Teacher to Entrepreneur

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“I was never going to be happy working for someone else.”. Fed up of bureaucracy and an ever-increasing mountain of paperwork, Richard Swan decided set out on his own.

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.

2019 215

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.

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From Finance to Social Media

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“My job felt unfulfilling and pointless.”. Natasha Minto's creativity was being stifled in a role she'd never really chosen. When three years passed in the blink of an eye, she knew something had to change.

“How Do I Find An Exciting New Role – Without Taking Another Step Backwards In My Career?”

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Zadie's role is becoming an increasingly poor fit, and she's ready for a new challenge. The problem is, she's already re-started from the bottom of the ladder once before, and she's not keen to do it again. How do you move into exciting new work without taking a drop in status and salary

2019 180

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

2019 217

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

2019 218

How To Connect With Inspiring People (Even When You Don't Feel Ready)

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Is the idea of networking intimidating? Natasha shares her simple approach to take the pressure off connecting with inspiring people and make them want to help you, no matter what stage of your shift you're at

2019 155

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 222

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.

2019 219

“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.

2019 207

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.

2019 207

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

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Hate ‘Selling Yourself’? 7 Ways To Get Noticed In A New Field, Without Feeling Inauthentic

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Whatever your next career is, making a shift means building your reputation in a new area. But pitching yourself to potential employers or clients when you're only just getting started can leave you feeling like a fake. So how do you do it gracefully?

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