Success Stories

From Telecoms to Strategic Design

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“I imagined my CV in 2025, and there was a big 'NO' in my head – I didn't want to be that guy.” Pablo Alvarez was bored in his career, and frustrated by the unfair promotions he saw around him. So he started exploring his options. Here's how a step-by-step, connections-based approach left him surprised – but super-happy – with where he ended up.

From Press Office to Portfolio Career

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“I'd been feeling unfulfilled in my job for years. I knew there must be 'something else', but I just didn't know what.” Inspired by a free course and a long-standing desire to be her own boss, Rebecca Miller is now juggling two businesses that she loves. Here's how she found what she really wanted to do – and the lessons she's learned along the way.

From Microbiology to Childrenswear

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“It's taken a while to learn what my limits are.” When a new addition to Helen Yard's family meant she couldn't return to her job, she decided to create something of her own. It's involved a lot of late nights and unexpected twists, but she's learned a huge amount about what it takes to run a business and raise a family at the same time. This is how she did it.

From Tech to Children's Books

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“What had I made in the last decade of my career? Did any of it still even exist?” Lori Richmond’s fast-paced career was exciting, but she never had anything to show for all her hard work. And then a night class reignited a long-dormant passion... Here’s how Lori took a measured, step-by-step approach into a new career she knows will last.

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.

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