Careershifters blog

From Filmmaker to Innovation Director

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“I continually doubted whether the path was right” Eleanor Ford was frustrated by her slow-moving industry. When she saw an opportunity to develop her idea for a new service connecting people through similar tastes, she leapt at it. Now, she's found herself in the fast-paced environment she'd always felt she was missing. Here's her story.

From Teacher to Education Start-Up

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“I thrive on the freedom to act based on what I think is right.” Joel Balkwill knew there was a better way to prepare his students for life. When his school didn't support his plans, he decided to make them a reality on his own. Here's how he took a leap of faith, with no financial safety net, and discovered that being around the right people can be the perfect springboard to success.

From Project Manager to Author & Screenwriter

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“My husband and I had an inkling that there was more to life than the 9–5 grind.” In an all-or-nothing leap, Sarah Alderson set out on a round-the-world adventure with her family. But little did she know that their trip would take her all the way to Hollywood. Here's how a little naivety (and a lot of hard work) went a long, long way...

“Am I Too Much Of A Snob To Go For My Dream Job?”

It's one thing to know that your friends and family don't take your dreams seriously. But what if the person mocking your career aspirations is you? Brian's not sure he could ever make the leap from his respected profession into something less prestigious, no matter how unhappy he becomes. How can he overcome this mental block?

From Banker to Patisserie Chef

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“I felt no passion for the job... I needed a more creative pursuit.” When another dull project landed on Reshmi Bennett's desk, she knew she had to make a change – away from the corporate world. After many inevitable mistakes along the way, she's now running a business that fulfils both her passion and her talents. This is her story.

From Teaching to Volunteer Management

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“I felt pressure... that I should have a 'proper' job.” Penny Atkinson loved the freedom of working and travelling. But the novelty of living out of her suitcase was wearing thin. Here's how she put down new career roots that gave her direction (and a wardrobe), without sacrificing her altruistic ideals.

“Money Or Passion: Can You Ever Truly Have Both?”

Daniel has a successful career that he's worked hard to build, and importantly, he's financially comfortable. He wants to do something he's passionate about, but knows he won't be able to match what he's currently making for a long time, if at all. Is it really possible to do what you love and still maintain the lifestyle you want, or will 'reality' always hold you back?

From Law to Learning and Development

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“I decided to look for a career which combined my two passions.” Rebecca Hill's work was stressful, emotional and didn't allow her to think creatively. So, she decided to shift – changing functions, but keeping some of the aspects of her former role she enjoyed. Here's how she did it and found her Monday mojo.