Career Shifters

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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“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

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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

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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.

“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

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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.

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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Clone of From Consulting to Interior Design

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“I felt my soul was dying a little more with each day that went by.”. Issy Zinaburg needed a change. She'd spent ten years successfully working her way up the corporate ladder, but knew she had to get off.

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Clone of Giving birth to Careershifters

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“At the end of my life, I wanted to feel proud of the work I'd done.”. The man behind Careershifters, Richard Alderson, talks to Selina about his vision for Careershifters, how the business came into being, and the future of careers

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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.

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“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

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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

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From Sales to Jewellery

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“I wanted to feel like 'me' again.”. Frustrated with corporate politics and seeking a more flexible way to work, Sarah Cooke decided to take matters into her own hands.

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“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

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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.

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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.

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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

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“I’m So Busy. How Do I Shift With Such Limited Time?”

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Maria's demotivated in her job and ready for a change. She's determined to carve out an exit strategy, but is also struggling to create space to explore her options. When time's tight, what's the most efficient way to focus your energy and make an actionable plan

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From Retail to Wealth Management

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“I felt very disheartened, like I'd hit a glass ceiling.”. Unable to move upwards in his work, and longing for his success to be dictated by his results, Alexander Bland made a brave double leap: to a new career and his own business. Here, he shares how his hard work turned risk into reward

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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

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From Teaching to Finance

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“It started to feel like all there was in life was work.”. When Emily Thompson realised that she'd lost all love for her profession, she started to look for a new career. Here's how she developed a skill she enjoyed, overcame repeated rejection, and found work that she looks forward to on a Monday

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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.

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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 155

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.

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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

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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

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