Success Stories

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From Investment Banking to Philanthropy

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"I was feeling the full impact of doing work that wasn't consistent with my values. I couldn't go on like that." T.J. Campbell turned his back on a corporate career to help raise funds for an educational charity working in Africa. Here's how he transferred his skills to a new sector and created a life that feels more authentic.

From Manager to Business Owner

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"I realised how much time I was spending away from my family, friends, and the home that I loved." Once Lizzie Cheeld finally admitted that her career was no longer working for her, she started to look at setting up her own business – one that would give her the quality of life she wanted, without a drop in income. Here are the tough lessons she learned and how she made it happen.

From Advertising to Literacy Training

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"Over the years I fell more and more out of love with my work." Joanna Opoku knew she had to make a change, but had no idea what else she wanted to do. Here's how, using a combination of approaches (and some practical ways to keep the money coming in), she's now found a role that feels right for her.

From Marketing to Moving Worlds

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"I would just sit in some meetings and think about how little everything mattered." Mark Horoszowski wasn't miserable at work, but he craved more purpose. After learning some important lessons about analysis paralysis, overconfidence and the power of community, he's now leading a business where everything he does has a positive impact on the world. This is his story.

From Accounting to Food

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"My confidence was at an all-time low. I had no interest in progressing – I couldn't bear the thought of being in a more senior role." Stuck in a cycle of frustration and inertia, Catherine Allen decided to make a leap. Now, through a mix of practical experiments and new connections, she's immersed herself in an industry she loves. This is her story.

From the Police Station to the Gym

Tom Wheelhouse

"I couldn't see myself doing the same thing for another 30 years." Inspired to create his ideal career, Tom Wheelhouse took a stepping-stone role that allowed him to keep get new business set up before making the transition full time. Here's how he overcame self-doubt to get his plans off the ground.

From Financial Services to Social Enterprise

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"I knew I wanted to do something 'good', but I didn't know what that could look like." Parita Doshi had wanted a career in social impact since she was 18. But life took her in a different direction, and she found herself working 'ridiculously hard' for something she didn't fully believe in. Here's how a leadership programme gave her the tools to find her 'fit'.

From Law to Coffee

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"I was more and more aware that life was passing me by." After leaving a high-flying job with no idea what to do next, Gemma Bailey turned a joke about her dog into a business – and changed her life completely. It hasn't been easy, and she's still navigating some ups and downs. But on her good days, she feels unstoppable. This is her story.

From Advertising to Art

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"I got to a point where my heart wasn't in it anymore. I'd lost all my energy and motivation." After a short break from work, Harriet Hoult trusted her gut enough to hand in her notice. Now, she's turned a long-suppressed dream into a fulfilling career – one that pays her more than her previous role. Here's how she did it.

From Big Corporates to Own Business

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''I never felt truly happy; I hated the constraints and bureaucracy of corporate life." After five years of job hopping, Charlotte Howells finally quit – with no safety net, and no idea how to start a business. Here's how she navigated a steep learning curve and turned her leap of faith into a successful shift.

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