Career Shifters

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

Career Shifters

“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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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 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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“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.

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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.

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 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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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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“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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“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.

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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 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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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

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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.

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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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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

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“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

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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

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From Translation to SEO

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“I couldn't see any way to progress from what I was doing.”. Rachel Baker liked her work, but it left her feeling isolated and with little room to develop. So, she decided it was time for a change.

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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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From Criminal Law to Ceramics (Plus Post-shift Update)

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“I went into work every day to perform a role that was written for someone else.”. Stine Dulong felt suffocated and trapped. But after some straight-talking from a friend, she decided to throw herself into the things that made her happiest.

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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 To Change Career When You Have No Idea What You're Doing

Career Shifters

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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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 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 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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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 Feel Like A Jack of All Trades, Master Of None. How Do I Make Progress On My Shift?”

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Alex's career has taken him all over the world. But while his lifestyle appears impossibly glamorous, he feels isolated and financially unstable. How do you make the leap into secure employment, with an unusual career history and no idea where you want to go next

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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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From Teaching to Start-up

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“I'd become more and more disillusioned.”. When an impromptu demo at a family party sparked an opportunity for change, Matt Dyson grabbed it with both hands. Here's how he managed his finances, and the uncertainty, to create work that he genuinely loves

2019 164

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

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“How Do I Make Progress Towards My Dream Career, When I Can't Afford To Retrain?”

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James is serious about changing his career. There's just one problem – he can't afford to study for the qualification he needs to pursue his ideal work. How do you make progress with your shift, when you don't have the money to make it possible

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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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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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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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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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“I’ve Got Too Many Ideas. How Do I Choose A New Career?”

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Linda's left a stressful and exhausting job. Now she's ready to start something new. The only question is, what? When you've got so many potential paths in front of you, how do you choose the right one

2019 132

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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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

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From Retail to Law

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“If I was going to feel stress, I wanted it to be because I was doing something meaningful to me.”. When the pressure in Vicki Dodge's role suddenly grew, she made a snap decision that it was time to go.

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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.

2018 182

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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“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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