How To Find The Work You Love

Our London Evening Career Change Workshop

A powerful, practical and inspiring workshop designed to help you through those first essential stages of changing career: figuring out what you really want and making a realistic action plan.

  • Get a step-by-step plan to help figure out what you really want to do
  • Get inspired by success stories of people like you
  • Get confident about what you need to do next

 

  • Mon 8 Dec '14
    6:30pm - 9:30pm
    £85

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We run our London evening workshops approximately twice a month (and once a month in July + August). Please leave your details below and we'll let you know as soon as we publish the next set of dates.

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Do you feel stuck? Don't know where to start? Fed up with no progress?

The whole Careershifters team have been through their own career changes. We learnt during our shifts that one of the hardest things for us to do was simply to get started. In fact, it took us months to build up the confidence to make the shift and even longer to work out how to make the change.

During this time, we were feeling disillusioned, stuck and unmotivated – affecting the people we cared about most: our family and friends.

Looking back, we realised that we could have done a few simple things to avoid a lot of this heartache. And that’s why we designed the Careershifters workshop.

Quote mark Really energising and thought-provoking. I feel excited about the future."
Jackie - Business Change Manager

The first step to any career change is to get a clear understanding of what is important to you so that you can then figure out what the right career is for you — that's what this workshop is all about

Often career changers ‘jump in at the deep end’ of career change, trying to list job options before thinking about what exactly they want to get out of a career change. This can result in a lot of frustration, and rarely results in a good career change.

Why? Because picking a new career without understanding your basic ‘me-criteria’ is akin to closing your eyes and picking a career at random. No wonder people spend years going around in circles trying to decide what to do next. Through this workshop, you learn how to choose a new career, the right way.

With a real understanding of yourself you can create a list of your career ‘must haves’ and ‘deal breakers’. This means:

  • You will have criteria for deciding which careers to explore and which to eliminate
  • You will understand how to filter your search by what makes you tick, what motivates you, what environment is right for you

In short, you'll go away with the  tools, techniques and knowledge you need to make your career change a success.

Quote mark It’s given me a kick up the backside to do something."
Andrew - Project Engineer

What you'll cover in the workshop

Evening workshop gallery

  • What is important to you and what does that mean for a career change? Clarifying your personal values and motivators.
  • Understand your interest ‘type’ – which environments work for you – where would you be happiest
  • Think outside the box and look at things from a new angle: see past the options you think you have now and explore options from a wider perspective.
  • Understand how to get past common blocks and challenges, and the things that hold you back
  • Make valuable connections and start to open doors to the work you want
  • Leave with a specific action plan and tangible next steps so you can get on the road towards doing work you love
Quote mark Fun, practical, went to the core."
Irini - Private Wealth Management

This workshop will be best suited to you if you're...

  • Bright, positive and motivated to make a change
  • Not sure what you really want to do next
  • Currently working or not long out of the workplace
  • Open to understanding that the answer to your new career is not going to come to you on a plate (though of course we're going to do everything we can with this workshop to kick-start the process for you)
  • Ready to smile and have fun
Quote mark I now feel inspired and less fearful to make changes."
Sejna - TV Producer

We've hand-picked some of London's leading career coaches to take you through the workshop

We have teamed up with two of London’s leading career coaches and human behaviour specialists, Sonia Lakshman and Sarah Dawrant, to deliver the definitive, top-drawer workshops. In short, we think they're pretty good and we think you will too!

Sonia LakshmanSonia Lakshman

Sonia Lakshman is a regular contributing coach for Careershifters, and helps her clients figure out what they'd really love to do.

Before qualifying as a coach, Sonia worked in music and media including for Universal Music and the BBC, liberating herself from her office desk to strike out for a life of more freedom and fulfilment - and since then has helped 100's of people work happy.

Sarah DawrantSarah Dawrant

Sarah Dawrant, BA, CPCC is a dynamic and experienced career coach with a talent for understanding and developing people's unique gifts, strengths and abilities. Sarah works with clients around the world to support them in figuring out what they are innately best at, as well as how to set boundaries and be more assertive in the workplace. As an interactive trainer, she has run workshops across Canada, the UK and Europe for blue chip companies, charities and governments.

Sarah's passion for career coaching evolved after several years of feeling professionally stuck and experiencing the all-too-familiar pain of knowing she just wasn't in the right job. She is committed to helping people find careers that energise and fulfil them.

 

What others have said about our workshops

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I had an epiphany that gave me the clarity of direction I had been seeking. If you're unsure about what direction to go in, try the workshop. If you only meet people in the same boat, that in itself is helpful; but you may also get the clarity you need like I did."

Issy Zinaburg - Changed from Management Consultant to Own Interior Design Business
Charlie

It helped me realise that I didn't want to do what I thought, and got me on the path to moving abroad. Just do it! What is £85 when you're talking about the work you will spend months or years doing? Totally worth it!"

Charlie Moritz - Changed from the Travel Industry to Teaching
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It narrowed down my options so I was able to focus on areas that really matter to me. Do it! It sowed a seed of change for me and I haven't looked back since."

Denise Collman - Changed from IT for major retail company to Personal Trainer
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DO IT - keep an open mind, listen to the experiences of others, and be inspired. The workshop helped crystallise ideas I had and gave me the incentive to apply for a job I really wanted. Now I'm doing a job which gives me significantly more job satisfaction than ever before."

Chris Burnell - Changed from Chartered Accountant to Professional Qualifications Tutor
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I would definitely recommend you attend a Careershifters workshop; whatever stage of the decision you're at. The workshop can help to solidify and confirm your own ideas, to give you confidence in the decision that you're making."

Emily McFadyen - Changed from Trust Fundraising Executive at major UK charity to Teaching

Life's too short to waste in the wrong career — come to this workshop and kick start your career change into action

Venue:

Hub Westminster

Our evening workshops are held at Hub Westminster, a stunning co-working space near Piccadilly in central London.

Pick a date:

  • Mon 8 Dec '14
    6:30pm - 9:30pm
    £85

Can't make this date?

Can't make our published workshop dates?

We run our London evening workshops approximately twice a month (and once a month in July + August). Please leave your details below and we'll let you know as soon as we publish the next set of dates.

Quote mark For anyone who is struggling to find the direction, motivation, or where to place that daunting first step to professional fulfillment, this workshop is the best £85 you can invest."
George - IT Director

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have absolutely no idea what I want to do. Will this workshop help me?

    Yes. The workshop is particularly designed for you if you have no idea – or too many ideas – about what to do next.

  • I have some idea of what I want to do but am struggling to make the change. Will this workshop work for me?

    Absolutely. If you think you know what you want to do but are not 100% sure, then this workshop will help you to clarify whether you're on the right track or not. You'll either come away with new ideas for your future career path, or with clarity and fresh motivation to make your change happen.

    If you know exactly what you want to do but you're still struggling to make the change, then this workshop isn’t the right place for you. You might want to consider working directly with one of our career coaches. They are fantastic at keeping you motivated, and for brainstorming ideas on how to get into careers through the back door.  

  • Is this appropriate if I haven't worked for a while?

    The workshop is best suited to people already in work or not long out of the workplace. It's also suitable for mothers who want to make a major shift when returning to work. It's not a job search workshop though and will therefore not be ideal if you are under urgent pressure.

  • Will I leave knowing what my dream career is?

    This has occurred in the past, though it's more likely that you will leave very clear on what you need your new career to look like for you to be happy. You'll be armed with ideas and tips on how to explore careers that will meet your most important needs and desires. We also aim for you to leave more confident in your ability to make the change; more knowledgeable about the help that is available; and more motivated to get into action.

  • Who else will be on the workshop?

    Two career coaches and no more than 29 other people, of all ages and backgrounds. What you'll have in common with others is a craving to do work you love. When you're unfulfilled in your job, meeting others in a similar situation can be a real relief, and some workshop participants form friendships that last for years.

  • Will I have to get up and speak in front of the group?

    No. There is no obligatory public speaking. You will do a mixture of work on your own, in pairs and in groups, and will only speak to the group if you are comfortable participating in this way.

  • Will I need to prepare anything or bring anything with me?

    No. We will provide everything you need on the evening itself.

  • I can't make the date listed. What are your next available dates?

    Please click the 'Can't make this date?' link underneath the booking button on this page and leave your details. We'll then let you know as soon as we publish the date of the next workshop.

  • Do you have a reserve list?

    Not formally, no. However, if the workshop you really want to come to is sold out and you want to be considered if someone who pulls out, then please drop us a quick line on hello@careershifters.org and we'll let you know if it's possible. We don't normally have many drop-outs though, so if you want to be guaranteed a spot, we recommend you book on the next available workshop shown on this page.

  • Do you run the workshop on other days?

    We usually run our workshops on Monday evenings. If you'd prefer a Saturday, take a look at our 1-day intensive workshop (see link at the bottom of this page).

  • Do you run workshops outside of London?

    Not at the moment, though we're actively exploring this. Be sure you're on our mailing list and we'll let you know as soon we start to run workshops elsewhere.

  • Can I buy a ticket on behalf of someone else?

    Yes. Just enter your name in the 'ticket buyer' field when you buy a ticket and the name of the person you're buying the ticket for in the ticket details field.

  • Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

    Yes. If you have any special requirements, please do let us know by dropping us a quick line at hello@careershifters.org.

Quote mark This workshop removes the crippling isolation and fear felt when making the decision to change career. I feel very inspired and feel like I have a plan. Thank you!"
Soraya - Teacher

Life's too short to waste in the wrong career — come to this workshop and kick start your career change into action

Venue:

Hub Westminster

Our evening workshops are held at Hub Westminster, a stunning co-working space near Piccadilly in central London.

Pick a date:

  • Mon 8 Dec '14
    6:30pm - 9:30pm
    £85

Can't make this date?

Can't make our published workshop dates?

We run our London evening workshops approximately twice a month (and once a month in July + August). Please leave your details below and we'll let you know as soon as we publish the next set of dates.

Quote mark Excellent session. Well worth the investment in time and money."
Tony - Director