Success Stories

From Skyscrapers to Software

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Andrea was frustrated by his slow-moving industry. Now he's found work that not only fulfils him, but is also better paid and has better prospects. Here, he shares how failure – and a push from a loved one – can bring surprising results.

From Customer Services to Bikes

Claire Donaldson

"I felt I was floating without purpose in a career that I had fallen into". Claire Donaldson had been scared of turning a much-loved hobby into a job – what if making a living from it killed her passion? But a eureka moment cast new light on the situation. Here's how she made her shift.

From Marketing to Music

Sophie Holderness

"I wasn't happy and I wasn't myself anymore." Sophie Holderness had tried to break into her ideal career before – but it hadn't worked. Feeling like a failure, she settled for a job she loathed. Here's how she took a different approach to finally make her shift happen.

From Number Crunching to Portfolio Career

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"I wanted to look back and say 'Yes, I lived'." Luke Darracott's 9–5 as an analyst just didn't cut it anymore. He needed to care about his work, and to follow all his passions rather than just picking one. Find out how his beloved Spain helped translate his ideal career mix into reality.

From Copy Editor to Content Strategist

Hannah Adcock

Hannah Adcock felt like the oddball at the office party – frustrated that things could be done better, but powerless to change the status quo. A chance encounter with a book helped her see her new career direction clearly for the first time. Now, after a few twists and turns, she's ended up exactly where she wanted to be. Here's her story.

From Broker to Acupuncturist

Steve Coster

"I felt ill knowing I had to go back on Monday morning". Steve Coster despised his job. He didn't know what else he could do, yet his passions and interests outside of work were already offering him clues. Here, he shares how he learned to tune in, and made the bold leap into work he loves.

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.

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