Elena wants to feel excited, inspired, and proud of her career, and right now, she couldn't feel less passionate about what she does. But whenever she tries to work out what would make her happy, she comes up short. Does everyone have a passion to discover, or is she seeking something that doesn't exist?
“I wanted to be in an environment where thinking differently and taking risks were encouraged.” When redundancy finally forced Scott Cooper to make the career change he'd been longing for, he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Now, he's created his own business and does things his way. Here's how he broke free of the corporate mindset to land the creative role he always wanted.
“I gained less job satisfaction as the years went on. I felt that I wanted to give something back to society.” Fergal Moane's financial career was fast-paced and interesting. He travelled in first class, lunched at top restaurants and enjoyed a salary to match. But the banking crisis made him realise something was missing. Find out how a local rugby club helped him find his new calling, and how he made it happen.
All Diane wants to do is meaningful work: something that makes a difference. But no matter how passionate she is, or how many jobs she applies for, she can't seem to get past her lack of experience. What can she do?
“The phrase 'What have I done?' echoed in my head.” Desk-bound Nina MacLaughlin had a craving to work with her hands, so she saved hard and quit her job without a plan. Now, with a little help from Craigslist, she's doing work that feels tangible, and loving it. Here's how she did it.
Some call them Slashers, or Scanners. Others call them Renaissance souls. But whatever you call them, there are more and more of them every day – and if you hate the thought of doing just one thing for the rest of your life, you might consider joining their ranks soon, too. Natasha gives us an insight into the life of a portfolio careerist.
“I felt like the work I was doing wasn't impactful to anyone.” Patrick Weiss wanted his work to be something he could see the results of in day-to-day life. He knew there must be a role out there that he could get excited about, but his own beliefs were holding him back. Here's how a technique he learnt at university helped him discover a new path.
“A voice inside me said 'There must be more to life than this'. On the following Monday, I handed in my notice.” Amy Huggins's corporate role was slowly starving her soul. Stressed and exhausted, she sought specialist help to improve her diet. But little did she know (or did she?) that she would feel so passionate about food and well-being that she'd turn it into a new career – and unleash her entrepreneurial side to do so. Here's her story.
For more than a year, Mark has been trying to escape a career he's outgrown. But every approach he's tried has failed – or worse, backfired. How do you keep working towards a career you love when everything keeps going wrong?