Success Stories

From Project Manager to Teacher

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Are red tape and big slow processes like a straitjacket on your career? They certainly were for Oci Stott. Inspired by a stint volunteering in Japan, and never one to shy away from a challenge, she retrained in a notoriously difficult profession. Here's how her perseverance landed her the most rewarding job she's ever had.

From Filmmaker to Innovation Director

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Eleanor Ford was frustrated by her slow-moving industry. When she saw an opportunity to develop her idea for a new service connecting people through similar tastes, she leapt at it. Now, she's found herself in the fast-paced environment she'd always felt she was missing. Here's her story.

From Teacher to Education Start-Up

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Joel Balkwill knew there was a better way to prepare his students for life. When his school didn't support his plans, he decided to make them a reality on his own. Here's how he took a leap of faith, with no financial safety net, and discovered that being around the right people can be the perfect springboard to success.

From Project Manager to Author & Screenwriter

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Sarah Alderson knew that there must be more to life than the 9–5 London grind. In an all-or-nothing leap, she set out on a round-the-world adventure with her family. But little did she know that their trip would take her all the way to Hollywood. Here's how a little naivety (and a lot of hard work) went a long, long way...

From Banker to Patisserie Chef

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When another dull project landed on Reshmi Bennett's desk, she knew she had to make a change – out of the corporate world and into something more creative. After many inevitable mistakes along the way, she's now running a business that fulfills both her passion and her talents. This is her story.

From Teaching to Volunteer Management

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Penny Atkinson loved the freedom of working and travelling. But the novelty of living out of her suitcase was wearing thin. Here's how she put down new career roots that gave her direction (and a wardrobe), without sacrificing her altruistic ideals.

From Law to Learning and Development

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Rebecca Hill's work was stressful, emotional and didn't allow her to think creatively. So, she decided to shift – changing functions, but keeping some of the aspects of her former role she enjoyed. Here's how she did it and found her Monday mojo.

From Officer to Business Owner

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Richard Eason had enjoyed his career, but knew he needed to do something different – away from the rules and hierarchy that had shaped so much of his working life. Here's how he made the leap, and how he swapped his uniform for, well, less conventional work attire...

From PR to Art

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How often do you dismiss your inner voice that tells you what you're meant for, and follow the 'acceptable' path instead? Nami Chikhlia was stuck in work that just didn't feel right, until a trip to Japan unlocked her creative side. Here's how she made the leap – and how it felt like coming home.

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