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From Teaching to PR

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"I didn't want to stay where I was just because it was the 'comfortable' option." Arun Lloyd knew it was time for a rethink. So, he got into action, taking an approach that enabled him to break into an industry in which he had no previous experience. Here's how he did it.

From Communications to Brand Storytelling

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"Each night, I would sit down at the computer and search for a job that didn't exist. It was exhausting and soul destroying." Instead, Lucy Eckley decided to design her own career. It's taken longer than she expected, but here's how she's doing work that combines her passions with the flexibility and freedom she was looking for.

From Telecoms to Weddings

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"I was making myself ill by keeping myself stuck in a job I didn't like. I knew I had to do something." Ilaria Petrucci didn't make one big shift. Instead, she did it in stages – easing her way out of her corporate job and into her own business. Here's how she made it happen.

From Snowboards to Baby Products

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"I didn't want to work for anyone else anymore. Also, I calculated the number of hours a year that I was spending commuting. It was insane!" Here's how Mark Harries launched out on his own, reclaimed his family time, and learned some tough lessons along the way.

From TV to Own Businesses

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When her role was made redundant, Sarah Best took the chance to strike out on her own. Now she runs a consultancy drawing on her previous experience, while also nurturing a more creative sideline business. Here, she shares how she's using a staged shift to finance where she wants to be long term.

From Employment to Self-Employment

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Some people aren't cut out to work in a corporate environment. Alistair Gill was one of them. Though he regrets not doing it sooner, he's now been able to transfer his analytical and business skills into working for himself – and getting the control over his destiny that he wanted. Here's how he did it.

From Fashion to Web Design

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"I realised that I literally couldn't make myself care anymore." Fed up with her mindless work and determined to strip her career back to the bits she loved best, Emma Englishby set out on her own. Here's her story.

From Money to Sports

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"I would rather all that effort was going into a job that was aiming to improve society." David Tinnion's gut was telling him it was time to move on. Here's how he learned to listen, and how, with the help of a social enterprise programme, he's moved into work that gives something back.

From Weather Presenter to Teacher

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Nina Ridge was ending each work day feeling stressed and tired. Determined to get the work–life balance she craved, she went back to a career path she'd once turned away from. Here's how she made the leap, and how it felt like coming home.

From Operations to Start-up

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Richard Freeman's role didn't harness his greatest skills, so he decided to create his own company. Now, he's doing all the bits of the job he used to love, with none of the restraints that drove him crazy. Here's how he made it happen.

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