"I was lacking purpose and a motive for my work." When Neha Chandgothia discovered the world of social enterprise, she felt a light bulb turn on. Settling into the culture of a new sector has been overwhelming, but she's finally found a way to harness her expertise to make the positive impact she craved.
"You're in the driving seat. You can make a change if you're just brave enough to take the first step." Linda Bridge was searching for a fresh challenge. Just when she thought she'd found her new niche, another opportunity came her way… Here's how she made a two-step shift into a career she loves.
"I had achieved so much of what I aimed for… but somehow I knew it wasn't for me." Alex Robinson had what many would consider an enviable career in the music industry. But when he looked into his future, it just didn't seem to fit. His career change started out slow, until he found a way to combine his skills with a passion for social impact. This is his story.
"My girlfriend innocently asked me how work was going, and I went off on a long rant.” David Bartram followed a successful corporate trajectory after university, but didn’t feel the purpose and passion he craved. So he set out to discover something more. His shift took longer than he’d hoped, but he’s now found a way to use his business head to support causes that speak to his heart. This is his story.
“I was tired, had no free time and was pretty much broke.” What do you do when you discover the work of your dreams isn't all it's cracked up to be? For Paul Egan, the answer was to experiment with something new. Here's how he learned (via a start-up, a false start and a lot of debt) that you don't have to know where you're going in order to get where you need to be.
“For one of the first times in my life, I made a major, life-changing decision by gut instinct.” Anna Watson found herself stressed out and tense, in a career she'd never really chosen. So, she decided to take a leap of faith. Here's how a double shift – including a detour up the mountains of New Zealand – led her to a career that fits her perfectly.
"I always had this gut feeling that there was another path I needed to follow." Andrew Magill was frustrated; he just couldn't see where his physiotherapy career was going. But, by taking his time, working with a coach and getting curious about the companies he liked, he found a new role that ticks all his boxes. This is his story.
“I began to feel trapped, confused, and sad. I'd lost my zest for life.” Carmen Boeser's work was meaningful, but it was draining. And when a cancelled surgery (with a six-week recovery time) felt like a disappointment, she knew something had to change. Here's how she made a complete U-turn, retrained, and started living her 'pipe dream'.
“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.
“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.