Careershifters blog

From Financial Services to Social Enterprise

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"I knew I wanted to do something 'good', but I didn't know what that could look like." Parita Doshi had wanted a career in social impact since she was 18. But life took her in a different direction, and she found herself working 'ridiculously hard' for something she didn't fully believe in. Here's how a leadership programme gave her the tools to find her 'fit'.

From Law to Coffee

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"I was more and more aware that life was passing me by." After leaving a high-flying job with no idea what to do next, Gemma Bailey turned a joke about her dog into a business – and changed her life completely. It hasn't been easy, and she's still navigating some ups and downs. But on her good days, she feels unstoppable. This is her story.

From Advertising to Art

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"I got to a point where my heart wasn't in it anymore. I'd lost all my energy and motivation." After a short break from work, Harriet Hoult trusted her gut enough to hand in her notice. Now, she's turned a long-suppressed dream into a fulfilling career – one that pays her more than her previous role. Here's how she did it.

From Big Corporates to Own Business

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''I never felt truly happy; I hated the constraints and bureaucracy of corporate life." After five years of job hopping, Charlotte Howells finally quit – with no safety net, and no idea how to start a business. Here's how she navigated a steep learning curve and turned her leap of faith into a successful shift.

From Accountant to Fair Trade Entrepreneur

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"I didn't like the way 'normal' businesses were run, nor people's values and attitudes within them, which just made me miserable." Determined to find a more ethical way to work, Axel Steenberg and his wife launched their own Fair Trade business. Here's Axel's story, the mistakes he made, and the lessons he learned along the way.