Career Shifters

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

Career Shifters

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 233

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 237

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 196

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 206

From the Music Industry to Own Business

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“I wanted the freedom to choose where, when and how I worked, as well as whom I worked with.”. Caroline Wylie was feeling uncomfortable with the moral direction of the accounts she worked on, and a boss whom she didn't click with. So, working for herself became an appealing next step.

2019 132

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 169

“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

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 216

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

“My Career Change Keeps Stalling. How Do I Move Forward With My Ideas?”

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Jennifer's doing everything she can to connect with people in the new fields she's exploring. But every conversation feels like a frustrating dead end. How do you get traction in your shift when it feels like all your ideas are falling at the first hurdle

2019 137

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 205

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

“How Do I Stop Talking Myself Out Of Changing Career?”

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Rob left his creative dreams behind to concentrate on a stable career, but now he's stuck in a profession that doesn't feel like him. Whenever he thinks about leaving, it seems there's always another good excuse to stay put.

2019 157

“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 198

From Management Consultancy to Social Impact

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“I didn't think I could change myself to be that person, so I resolved to look elsewhere.”. Matt Cooper wanted his work to have more of an impact in the world. He left his role without a clear idea of next steps, instead joining a structured programme which helped him work it out.

2019 145

“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 169

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 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 211

“How Do I Overcome My Fear Of Rejection, And Start My Dream Career?”

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Tasha's always nursed a 'secret' dream creative career. The problem is, self-promotion feels uncomfortable, and she’s sensitive to criticism. How do you turn your ideal work into a reality, when you're terrified of being rejected

2019 139

From Charity to Social Media

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“My gut was telling me that it was time to leave.”. Daisy Cartlidge Brown enjoyed her work. But when her priorities changed, she knew it was time to make a move.

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 212

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.

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 208

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

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

“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 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 215

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 212

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

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

2019 206

From Strategy Consultant to Business Owner

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“I found the lack of longer-term ownership frustrating.”. Alice Whiteley was finding it increasingly difficult to balance life and work. She was also itching to create something of her own that she could grow over time.

2019 160

“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

2019 198

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?

2019 185

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 215

“My Previous Career Change Didn’t Work Out. How Can I Stop History Repeating Itself?”

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Rob longs to make a shift into work that's creative and useful. There's just one problem: he's invested time and money in a career change before, and it wasn't a success. With no savings, and a family that's depending on you, how do you break free from the fear of making the same mistakes

2019 190

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 240

From Communications to Software Engineering

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“I'd always wanted something more creative.”. Ste Taylor was ready to jump with both feet into a more fulfilling, engaging career. Here's why he pivoted from his first plan, and how a tough decision got him moving more quickly towards work he loves

From Teaching to Own Business

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“I never seemed to get to a place where I was coping.”. Loretta Clarke's unhappiness at work was leaving her tired, stressed and regularly ill. It's taken time, and consistent effort, but she's now created a career that gives her the flexibility and wellbeing she wants. Here's how she made it happe

2019 181

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

“I've Spent My Entire Career In The Same Role. How Do I Find New Work That Feels Like Me?”

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Michelle thought she knew exactly where she was headed. But now she's feeling disillusioned about the career she spent years qualifying for. With a single-track career history and no relevant contacts or experience, how do you plan a rewarding move into something new

2019 171

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 222

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 202

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.