Career Shifters

From Market Research to Refugee Support

Career Shifters

“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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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

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From Teacher to Editor

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“I felt stressed and anxious a lot of the time.”. After years in work that didn't fit, Rose Norman's confidence was at rock bottom. Then, a chance comment from a friend planted the seed of a promising new direction. Here's how she built a fulfilling and flexible career at a pace that worked for her

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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.

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“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 130

“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.

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“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

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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.

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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.

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“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

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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 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.

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“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 206

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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.

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“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

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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

“I Don't Want To Be A One-Trick Pony. How Do I Find Work That Uses All Of My Skills?”

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Redundancy has presented Teresa with a golden opportunity: to start the portfolio career she’s been dreaming about. She craves freedom and variety, and she’s got a wide range of skills to offer.

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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.

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

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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 218

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 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 219

“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

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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

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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

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“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 203

“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

“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 206

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.

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