Careershifters blog

Careershifters taking part in a live online Career clinic with the Guardian this Monday!

On Monday 4th April our very own Cath will be taking part in an online live career clinic hosted by the Guardian. This is a great chance for you to ask questions about your career change or current work, as well as learn from other peoples career conundrums.

Bored, unchallenged or quite literally sick of the sight of your current boss? Find out how to get your mojo back at work in the live Q&A on 4 April. Post questions and comments here:

Advice from a Musician: Tips for Pursuing an Alternative Career

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If you want to follow your passion in your new career, check out this interview with drummer and composer, Dave Price.

While he's not a career changer, he's someone who has always stuck to his own path.

Whether you want to quit the 9-5 to pursue a creative passion, start your own business, or turn a beloved hobby into a career, his insights can help support you.

Here are some highlights:

  • Only you can decide if you are good enough
  • Take every opportunity to put yourself forward without worrying about what other people might think about you
  • Be honest with yourself and with others
  • Do not allow yourself to become distracted from following your dream

Read the whole article here.

Consider Creating a Career Change Within Your Current Career

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If you feel dissatisfied in your current line of work, you may not necessarily need to throw the baby out with the bath water and embark on a completely new career. Finding ways to refine what you do so it becomes better suited to you can be just the right change you need. Read on for ideas about how to do this, and some examples of those who improved their existing careers to create the right career change for themselves.

From Politics To Business: 6 Lessons on How to Manage a Risky Career Change

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In this article, the author shares his experience and lessons from taking a huge leap of faith. He used to work in American politics and knew he had to leave that field. Not only did he choose to quit the sector, but also he returned back to full time education, got married, and moved to a town where he knew nobody! 

This kind of major change may not work for everybody, but his experience reveals tips and lessons that all career changers will find useful. Visit the article to find out more; in summary his six tips for success at change are:

  1. Read widely
  2. Plan
  3. Have patience
  4. Timing is important
  5. Have Self-Discipline to follow through
  6. Use your community to help


Checking in with your 2011 Career Change Plan

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If you made a yearly plan or commitment to make 2011 the year for your change, it could be a good time to check in with it and reassess where you are heading. So grab a quiet ten minutes, a pen, some tea, and answer these questions...

Who Do Successful Entrepreneurs Look Up To?

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This article asks successful entrepreneurs and small business owners who their role models are. It's a great source of inspiration and may get you thinking about who your role models might be, whether you are changing career to entrepreneurship or not.

I really wanted to share you this quote from the article by Tate Chalk, the Founder and CEO of Nfinity:

"I'll tell you who I really respect are the thousands of people everyday who 'lay it on the line' by giving up a 'good' career for something better. For those people, who despite their friends and family telling them they are crazy, get out there and make something happen. I am always in awe when I hear those stories. Every success had to start at some point with courage. I just love those stories."

We love those stories too!

From Support Worker to Model Scout Career Change Interview


From Support Worker to Model Scout is a great interview from Gala Darling with a woman who had an unconventional career change. Hope you enjoy it!

Whether you’re into fashion or not, her story can help anyone wanting to make a big career change.

Her journey shows that:

  • Whilst some career changes come about in a more planned way, others can happen organically and incrementally, building up over time
  • The right career path for you, that uses your natural abilities, may become clear to you when you’re not searching or trying to ‘figure it out’ - her move into scouting was quite natural rather than forced
  • Qualifications or retraining are not always necessary; natural aptitude and passion can count for much more
  • You may have to supplement your income working part time whilst building up your new career