Career Shifters

How To Come Up With Ideas For Your Career Change: 12 Proven Approaches From Scientists And Creatives

Career Shifters

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 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

2020 137

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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.

2020 202

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

2020 156

From Physician to Academic and Writer

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“I hated the lack of flexibility.”. Sayantani DasGupta loved her work, but she couldn't understand how her profession showed such a lack of consideration for its workers.

2020 208

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.

2020 236

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 260

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.

2020 173

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

2019 233

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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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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“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.

2020 186

From IT to Fitness

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“I felt miserable and lost for years.”. Nick Hannah didn't start his shift with a big vision of what else he wanted to do. Indeed, it was learning (with help) to let go of his need for a solid plan that enabled him make real progress.

2020 137

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

2019 216

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

2020 195

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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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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From Management Consultant to Charity Field Manager

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“I wanted to try something different, that was more meaningful to me, and out of my comfort zone.”. Alix Dazin knew her heart wasn't in her role, but she didn't know how to make a change happen. Here's how a four month-sabbatical and a gamechanging book helped her into a new career

2020 137

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.

2019 207

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.

2019 207

“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

2020 144

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.

2019 202

“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.

2020 151

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 Office Life to Creative Business

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"I thought to myself, this is just too much.". Overwhelmed by her day job, side business and family commitments, Lucy Houle knew that something had to change. By jumping into her business with both feet, she's built a work life that feeds her passion, and also works around her family.

2020 137

“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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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

2019 194

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.

2020 169

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 205

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 205

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 Banking to Psychotherapy

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“I knew that ultimately I would be unfulfilled.”. After being 'distracted' by a different career path for years, Rakhi Chand finally gave herself permission to forge a new path in the field she'd always gravitated towards.

2020 151

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 219

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 194

From Web Development to Marketing

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“I felt stuck, to be honest. That wasn't something I was comfortable with.”. While Swarnendu Dutta's work was interesting, there was one fundamental aspect of it that didn't seem to fit his skills. So he quit without a backup plan. Here's how he asked for help, and how it led him to his new career

2020 151

How To Connect With Inspiring People (Even When You Don't Feel Ready)

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Is the idea of networking intimidating? Natasha shares her simple approach to take the pressure off connecting with inspiring people and make them want to help you, no matter what stage of your shift you're at

2019 184

From HR to Pattern Design

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“I'd always wondered whether I would be better suited to something else.”. Komal Pandya-Rao worked in an exciting corporate role, but longed to use her creativity, and have more say over her working day.

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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 176

“How Do I Get Employers To Take Me Seriously In My New Field?”

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After successfully working her way up in a tough corporate environment, Minnie realised that she was in the wrong career. She's since worked hard to retrain, but she's finding paid work impossible to come by. When you've got so much to offer, how do you get employers to recognise your value

2020 151

“I Don’t Know What Else I Could Do. How Do I Expand My Career Change Horizons?”

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Ann is desperate to trade her demoralising job for a career she could love. But how do you find something new and fulfilling, when it feels like the only work you know (and are qualified for), is the exact work you want to get away from

2019 182

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

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 218

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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