Success Stories

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From the Energy Industry to Start-Up

Samantha Sutherland

Samantha Sutherland had hit rock bottom. She hated her job, she didn't like the people she worked with and she knew she had to change. So, she took time to reassess. Now, after a few stepping stones, she's started a business helping others travel a similar journey to hers. Here's how she did it.

From Advertising to Sustainability

Jonathan Wise felt increasingly disillusioned with his work. He longed to be more in tune with nature, to create positive change and to concentrate on what he believed was really important. Find out how two unusual journeys opened his eyes to a new way of life – and to a new portfolio career.

From Film to Portfolio Career

"My twenties passed in a blur of work and sleep." Rachel Boot had an enviable role, but little time for her friends and life outside work. A new relationship brought things sharply into focus. Now, despite still not knowing exactly where she's heading, Rachel is experimenting with new options and finally feeling more like herself. This is her mid-shift story.

From Google to Start-up

Google is the last place you’d expect to be bored. Simon Douglass worked with big global clients and travelled the world, but still felt that his work lacked soul. He decided to start his own company doing what he loved, his way. Here, he shares what it’s like to bite the bullet and break out of your comfort zone.

From Charity to Tech

Heather Taylor Portmann loved the variety of her career, but missed learning new skills and the buzz of working with others. Now, she's found her perfect niche in a sharp team where she's learning every day. Here's how she did it and what she learned along the way.

From the BBC to Coaching

"I realised I didn't feel alive anymore." Dieter Hachenberg needed work that fitted his priorities, not the other way round. But he didn't want his family to suffer financially while he worked things out. Here's how he breathed new life into his career.

From Architecture to Social Impact Design

Katie Crepeau felt disconnected from her career. Instead, she craved a buzzy environment where she could make a real social impact. When she discovered her new industry, she finally felt at home. Here, she shares what she did right, what went wrong, and the biggest lessons from her shift.

From Consulting to Interior Design

"I felt my soul was dying a little more with each day that went by." Issy Zinaburg needed a change. She'd spent ten years successfully working her way up the corporate ladder, but knew she had to get off. So she went back to one of her passions – one that she'd given up for her 'proper' job – and made a new career out of it. This is her story.

From Retail Manager to Guest House Owner

Phil Jackson felt trapped in his career, living for the weekends while his heart longed to explore the world. When the Boxing Day tsunami hit his beloved Sri Lanka, he felt compelled to return. Here, he shares how he literally built a new life there, on his own terms.

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