Success Stories

From Finance to Supporting Social Ventures

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"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.

From Sound Engineer to Marketing

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“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.

From Law to Youth Leadership

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“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.

From Self-Employed to Employee

Andrew Magill

"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.

From Psychology to Fashion

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“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'.

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 Investment Banking to Philanthropy

TJ

“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 Financial Services to Social Enterprise

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“I knew I wanted to do something 'good', but I didn't know what that could look like.” Parita Doshi had wanted a career in social impact since she was 18. But life took her in a different direction, and she found herself working 'ridiculously hard' for something she didn't fully believe in. Here's how a leadership programme gave her the tools to find her 'fit'.

From Teaching to Climate Change

Alison Wright

“While there were many aspects of the job that I enjoyed, I needed more of a challenge.” How long have you been thinking about making a career change? For Alison Wright, the answer was 'too long'. Here's how she finally took on her shift, military-style, and overcame her lack of experience to break into a field she's truly inspired by.

From Fabrics to Brands and Blogs

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“I've never felt happy with the jobs I've had, so I figured the issue was probably me.” In search of more creativity and freedom, Rhiannon James took herself on a journey of mini-projects, new connections, and self-discovery. Here's how she pulled together the threads and created a portfolio career that finally fits.

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