Career Shifters

The Liminal Phase: How To Successfully Navigate The Most Uncomfortable Stage Of Your Career Change

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You’ve disengaged with your current career, but you’re not yet anywhere near your new one. You don’t feel like who you used to be, but you don’t yet know who you’re becoming. You’re taking action, but you’re not sure where it’s leading you. Welcome to the in-between.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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 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.

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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.

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From Freelancer to Start-up CTO

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“I was desperate not to go back to a 9–5 job.”. When Anvar Azizov came across the darker side of being an independent freelancer, he knew it was time to change his relationship with work. The opportunity that found him came with a big learning curve, but he's been open to the challenge.

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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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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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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.

From Civil Engineer to Furniture Maker

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“I felt creatively unfulfilled.”. Not being able to see projects through to the end in her role left Honor Dalrymple feeling frustrated. So, craving greater ownership and creativity, she made a bold leap and retrained in something she'd never tried before. Here's her inspiring story

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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.

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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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From Media Planning to Interior Design

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“I felt like a square peg in a round hole.”. Lizzie Green's unhappiness at work was starting to have a negative impact on all areas of her life. But it wasn't until she literally had some sense knocked into her, that she decided to do something about it.

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“How Do I Stop Shutting Down All My Ideas?”

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In need of career headspace, Josh left his job and took time out to travel. He’s returned with a list of ideas. and an even longer list of excuses not to explore them. When you’re more comfortable with facts than uncertainty, how do you start searching for what could be a dream career

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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.

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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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“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.

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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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From Marketing to Own Business

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“I couldn't picture myself spending the next 30 to 40 years in an office job.”. While Kat Buckley enjoyed her job, she needed more freedom and control over her schedule. Here, she shares how she's built a business that gives her the lifestyle she wants, and what it's taken to get it up and running

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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

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From CEO to Academic, Writer and Consultant

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“I was under immense stress.”. Drained by an impossible situation, Deborah Gordon was grateful when the opportunity to move on arose.

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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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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 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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“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.

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“How Will I Know When I’ve Found The Right Career?”

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Jessica's spent years experimenting with different jobs and industries. Armed with experience, she thinks she's finally hit on a career she'll love. But with time and money running out, how can she be sure this experiment will lead to a job she wants to keep

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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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The Most Powerful Tool In Your Career Change Arsenal (Hint: You Use It Every Day)

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Scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs use it; it's sparked the greatest achievements in the world; and it's something you use every day (but likely not in the most powerful way).

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From Finance to Books

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“I always felt like something was missing and I couldn't quite put my finger on what that was.”. Sarah Dennis had spent so long working in finance she couldn't imagine doing anything else. But after a family loss, she decided it was time, literally, to set out on a new journey.

2020 139

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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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 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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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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From Child Protection to Art Therapy

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“I felt depressed and anxious. Some days I didn't feel like going to work at all.”. Liz Fairfax wanted to make a positive difference in children's lives, but she couldn't do that where she was. An inspiring talk gave her an idea for a new career and set her down a path of retraining.

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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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“How Do I Make The Right Career Choice, When I’ve Only Got One Chance To Retrain?”

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Ashley spent years building a successful career. But after an uninspiring job dampened her spirits, she’s planning a complete change. While she’s 100% committed to retraining, there will be sacrifices, and she’s finding it hard to narrow down her options.

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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 196

From Portfolio Career to Teaching

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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.

2020 130

“How Do I Convince Others To Take My Career Change Idea Seriously?”

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Disillusioned with his work, Jason feels he's stumbled on the perfect career change. He's worked hard on re-training, and he's having lots of interesting conversations. But there's just one problem: people aren't buying. When your skills are unproven, how do you convince others to give you a chance

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