Careershifters blog

From Arts Grants to Technology Consultancy

Francesca Geens worked for an Arts grant-giving charity, until the organisation restructured and she was forced to think about her other options. Now she runs her own technology consultancy, and has never felt so satisfied at work. Read on to discover how she did it.

Fear.less Magazine - the big 'why' and how to manage your career change fears

fearless magazine cover may 2011

Feeling fearful about your career change? Worried about your finances or jittery about potentially making the wrong move?

The latest issue of Fearless magazine shares personal stories of those who have faced their fears and overcome them - all very relevant material for anyone making a career change.

Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh explains how he overcame his fear of public speaking. His way of tackling his fear can show how you can approach fears you may have about networking, pitching or going to interviews.

Paralympian Josh Sundsquist talks about the importance of the big ‘why’ - the motivating factor that makes you determined to meet your goals. His interview may help you if you haven’t yet been able to commit to a possible new career direction.

Writer Laura Vanderham talks about how to use your time efficiently rather than waste it (helpful if you’re using a lack of time as a reason to not change career!).

A great and inspiring read, check out Fear.less here.

Video: Sir Ken Robinson on Passion for The School Of Life

Here is a very funny and inspiring lecture by Sir Ken Robinson, about working with your passion(s). Ken’s background is in creativity in education, and he has written books about the importance of working with your natural talents. I would encourage you to watch the video the whole way through. I've also pulled out some of his key ideas that relate to career change for you to think about!

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: