Career Shifters

From Large Corporate to Start-up

Career Shifters

“I kept thinking, ‘I can do better than this.’”. Redundancy presented Ajit Matthew with a golden opportunity to focus on his ideal career. But after 15 years at the same company, he was lacking in courage and confidence.

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From Law to Social Impact

Career Shifters

“I'd wanted to make a difference in the world, but instead my role left me feeling unfulfilled.”. Jake Levy didn't feel passionate about his work, or the career path unfolding in front of him.

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5 Unconventional Questions To Get You Unstuck In Your Career Change

Career Shifters

Sluggish, frustrated, and running the same old circles in your head? Craving a fresh perspective but don’t know where to look? Natasha shares 5 things you can ask yourself to see your shift (and the reasons you’re stuck) in a new light – so you can get moving faster into more fulfilling work

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From Teaching to Own Business

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“After working for other people for so long, I wanted something that I could call my own.”. James Alger had a working lifestyle that many would envy. But all the perks in the world couldn't satisfy the growing urge he had to create something of his own.

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From Advertising to Charity

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“I was becoming resentful of how superficial it all was.”. Breanne O’Brien knew from an early age that she wanted to do something that would make the world a better place. But, after falling into her initial career, that direction seemed to slip away.

From Law to Education

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“That feeling of not bringing my whole self to work ultimately became frustrating.”. Chenaara Edghill-Pearts knew she had more to give. Here's how she turned a passion that had always been present in her life into a business she's excited about every day

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From Own Business to Humanitarian Work

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“I wasn't waking up excited anymore.”. When Marta Zecin travelled to Lebanon for the first time, she fell in love. No longer content to keep her humanitarian work in the sidelines, her new path unfolded step by step.

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From Environmental Engineer to Data Scientist

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“I thought 'What the hell am I doing here?'”. When Natalie Morse realised that despite being highly qualified in a well-paid field, she was merely scraping by, she knew something had to change. So she set out on a path that led to not just one, but two more fulfilling new roles.

2020 141

“How Do I Shape My Vague Ideas Into A Concrete Plan?”

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Amanda’s built a successful career, but it's started to feel meaningless. While she knows broadly what she wants to do next, the way forwards is unclear.

2020 141

From Tax Advice to Social Impact

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“My soul was slowly dying.”. Aimee Higgins had worked her entire career to get to the 'top'. But the closer she got, the more she realised she didn't want to be there.

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From The Army to Teaching

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“It was time for a new challenge, but also to deliver my family some stability.”. Ben Adams had achieved all he'd set out to achieve in his military career and was ready for something new.

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From Civil Engineering to Software Development

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“I realised that 'the right moment' might never arrive.”. When James Buckley started to use a new skill-set at work, he was hooked. Here's how he retrained and landed a role in an exciting new industry

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From IT to Dog Behaviour

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“The constant stress was making me ill.”. Tony Richens-Smith was fed up with company politics and jumping from one stressful job to another. Then, a result from a random web search started him on a new path.

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From Science to Photography

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“I felt like I'd outgrown my role with nowhere to go.”. When Nathan Walker's contract came up for renewal and his first reaction was disappointment, he knew it was time to move on.

2020 141

“How Do I Find A Way Into My New Career?”

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Bored with the same old work routines, Simona’s all fired up for change. She’s hit on a career idea that’s worth exploring further, but clear information is in short supply. How do you carve out a route into work you’re convinced you’ll love, when the way ahead feels like a close-kept secret

2020 141

From Medical Support to Teaching

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“I wanted to make a difference.”. After one boring meeting too many, Jamie Curley decided that it was time to do something that felt more worthwhile. One conversation later, he started down a completely new path. Here's his story

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From Radiographer to Skincare Business

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“I don't miss the red tape, and not being able to use my creative side.”. When Jasmin Jones discovered a passion that allowed her to help people in a new way, she knew she had to make it a full-time business.

2020 141

Selfish, Ungrateful And Unrealistic? Why Your Desire For Fulfilling Work Feels Uncomfortable (And What To Do About It)

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Craving more fulfilling work can feel petulant and greedy – especially when you know many people would be grateful to have a career at all. But is it such a bad thing to want more from your working life?

2020 141

“How Do I Shift Into My Dream Career, When My Only Qualification Is Passion?”

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Stefanie’s worked hard to achieve impressive qualifications and career success, but now a long-lost childhood dream is calling her. How do you shift into a career you know you’ll love, when your hard-won qualifications and experience don’t apply

2020 161

From Sales to Coding

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“I felt a curiosity building in me that I couldn't ignore.”. For Stevan Popovic, developers seemed to have superpowers. He couldn't resist the pull to learn more.

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From Radiography to Skincare Business

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“I don't miss the red tape, and not being able to use my creative side.”. When Jasmin Jones discovered a passion that allowed her to help people in a new way, she knew she had to make it a full-time business.

2020 130

From Portfolio Career to Teacher

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“I wanted work where I could use my creativity, instead of constantly thinking about budgets and cost-cutting.”. After a stressful trading year, Agnieszka Machalica decided that it was time for a new challenge. Here's how she came full circle to an idea she'd considered years before, and how she's found the right support to make it a reality

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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. Natasha dives deeper into the Lean Career Change method, and explains how to design an experiment that gives you clarity, confidence, and connections in your potential new field

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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. Here's how he's learned to manage the tough aspects of his work, and how it's brought him into contact with the best of humanity

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Career change and uncertainty: what to do when everything’s up in the air and you don’t have any of the answers

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Feeling groundless and apprehensive? Stuck in survival mode, unable to take action? Natasha shares 6 ways to reduce your panic and take back control in uncertain times

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From Manufacturing to Aerospace

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“I knew that I was becoming less and less of my usual, happy self.”. Lisa Jimenez was angry, frustrated, and finding it increasingly difficult to go to work every day. With the support of a trusted friend, she took action, even though she didn't have all the answers. Here's how, despite having a painful journey, she finally found work that fits, in a role she'd previously known little about

2020 155

From Physician to Academic and Writer

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“I hated the lack of flexibility.”. Sayantani DasGupta loved her work, but she couldn't understand how her profession showed such a lack of consideration for its workers. Through a stepped series of changes, she's found a new path she adores – and one that allows her to care for her family in the way that's important to her. This is her story

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How To Come Up With Ideas For Your Career Change: 12 Proven Approaches From Scientists And Creatives

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No idea (or too few ideas) about what to do next in your career? Struggling to come up with options that feel inspiring, and feeling paralysed as a result? Natasha shares a range of mindset shifts and creative techniques to get you bubbling with possibilities for fulfilling work

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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. Here, Natasha explains how to answer it when you really don't want to

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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

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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. Here's how she settled on a new path, and why she's never looked back

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. However, it was some sudden, sad news about a colleague that really drove home the message that life's too short to not do work that you love. Here's how she got into action, and evolved her business offer along the way

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

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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

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From Teacher to Care Practitioner

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“The feeling of constantly chasing my tail became overwhelming.”. One Monday morning, Michael Pearce pulled over in his car on his way to work. He realised he couldn't face going in again, and within a week he'd handed in his notice. Here, he shares how a simple, action-based philosophy helped him to find a varied role where he can finally be himself

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“How Do I Find A New Career, When I’ve Lost My Self-Confidence?”

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Sofia's always thrown herself head first into new challenges. But a meaningless and uninspiring job has chipped away at her confidence, leaving her full of excuses not to change. When you've lost the motivation you used to rely on, and it feels like all your successes are behind you, how do you build yourself back up to find work you'll love

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From Architect to Teacher

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“I couldn't carry on doing something that brought me nothing but a feeling of emptiness.”. s work felt meaningless and isolating – she knew she needed a change. What started as a practical solution to an immediate problem soon evolved into a light-bulb moment, a passion, and a future career path. Here's her story

2020 139

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. Here, she shares how taking a series of bold risks led her to the unexpected position of designing her dream role

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4 Reasons Setting Goals Won’t Help Your Career Change (And What You Should Be Doing Instead)

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Goal-setting seems like a smart thing to do in a career change. But it might actually be exactly what's keeping you stuck. Natasha explains why big targets can be a false friend to your shift, and what to do to start making progress instead

2020 154

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. Natasha shares a story from a career changer who inspired the term 'Half-Deck Behaviour', and explains how it could be keeping you stuck in your shift

2019 159

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. Here's how she changed not just the content, but also the context of her career, to create the freedom she was looking for – and how it's all panning out for her a couple of years on

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“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. When your confidence has disappeared, how do you pick yourself up again, and prepare for something new

2019 176

From Research to Food

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“I felt completely out of place.”. Helen Graves was suffocating in a toxic work environment. But while her new path was easy to identify, she still had obstacles to face. Here's how she tackled imposter syndrome, the wrong clients, and building up work on the side, to make her ideal role a reality

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