The world’s longest-running career change workshops
- Sat 06 Jan '1810:00am-12:30pm ET(US Eastern Time)$95
We run our online workshops on a regular basis. Please leave your details below and we'll let you know as soon as we publish the next set of dates.
Do you feel stuck? Don't know where to start? Fed up with no progress?
The whole Careershifters team have been through their own career changes. We learnt during our shifts that one of the hardest things for us to do was simply to get started. In fact, it took us months to build up the confidence to make the shift and even longer to work out how to make the change.
During this time, we were feeling disillusioned, stuck and unmotivated – affecting the people we cared about most: our family and friends.
Looking back, we realised that we could have done a few simple things to avoid a lot of this heartache. And that’s why we designed the Careershifters workshop.
The first step to any career change is to get a clear understanding of what is important to you so that you can then figure out what the right career is for you — that's what this workshop is all about
Often career changers ‘jump in at the deep end’ of career change, trying to list job options before thinking about what exactly they want to get out of a career change. This can result in a lot of frustration, and rarely results in a good career change.
Why? Because picking a new career without understanding your basic ‘me-criteria’ is akin to closing your eyes and picking a career at random. No wonder people spend years going around in circles trying to decide what to do next. Through this workshop, you learn how to choose a new career, the right way.
With a real understanding of yourself you can create a list of your career ‘must haves’ and ‘deal breakers’. This means:
- You will have criteria for deciding which careers to explore and which to eliminate
- You will understand how to filter your search by what makes you tick, what motivates you, what environment is right for you
In short, you'll go away with the tools, techniques and knowledge you need to make your career change a success.
Our online workshop is designed to get you unstuck and leave you clear about how you can make your shift
It’s structured into three parts:
Part 1: Get clarity
- Why your passions are important but also not the whole picture
- The three paradoxes that are making it hard for you to shift – and how to overcome them
- How to identify what stage of the career change journey you’re at and how that can help you know what the next steps to take are
Part 2: Generate & filter ideas
- How to generate practical ideas if you don’t know where to start
- How to choose the best ideas, if you have too many
- How you can start testing your ideas without leaving the safety of your current job
Part 3: Draw up a roadmap
- Learn the biggest mistakes to avoid during the shift
- Understand why looking for jobs when shifting doesn't usually work – and what does
- Set clear next steps to take
This workshop is best suited to you if you're...
- Bright, positive and motivated to make a change
- Stuck at the start of your career change, with no idea – or too many ideas – about what to do next
- Getting nowhere with job adverts and recruiters
- Currently working or not long out of the workplace
- Open to understanding that the answer to your new career is not going to come to you on a plate (though of course we're going to do everything we can with this workshop to kick-start the process for you)
- Ready to smile and have fun
You'll be led by one of two expert career coaches
Richard Alderson is the founder of Careershifters. Disillusioned with corporate life, he quit his London consulting job in search of something more meaningful. He made a change initially into working for a socially-focused start-up and he's since shifted again to co-found multiple social businesses in the UK and India.
Richard is a licensed Firework career change coach. He's passionate about supporting people to thrive in their work and, through doing so, make a positive impact on the world.
Angie Fresch is a licensed Firework career coach who works with professionals to reinvent their careers into something they love.
Before qualifying as a coach, Angie had a 15-year career in sales and marketing with organisations including Procter & Gamble, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Honeywell.
What others have said about our workshops
I had an epiphany that gave me the clarity of direction I had been seeking. If you're unsure about what direction to go in, try the workshop. If you only meet people in the same boat, that in itself is helpful; but you may also get the clarity you need like I did."
Amazing! The workshop helped me to understand my values on a deeper level, what I was good at, and what I enjoyed. I also got some very useful tips about job hunting and creative exposure within my field of work. It helped me bridge the gap from what I was doing to what I wanted to do."
I needed a little extra push that it was OK to make a career change. The workshop helped me realise that it could really be a positive thing, not just for me personally but for my career too. I found it really useful examining what kinds of things suit my personality and in what type of situations I work well.
The workshop helped me focus on my motivations, and I used this as the benchmark to test every opportunity against — if it wasn't up to scratch, I didn't pursue it. I'm now doing everything I hoped and more."
My job was exhausting and soul destroying. At the workshop, for the first time, I met other people looking to make a change and I believed it was possible. Now, running my own business gives me the flexibility and freedom that I craved. I'm so happy I made the change."
It helped me work out the parts of my current career that I liked (mostly interacting with and helping people) and got me thinking as to what to do next. Ultimately something just clicked and it all came together."
It narrowed down my options so I was able to focus on areas that really matter to me. Do it! It sowed a seed of change for me and I haven't looked back since."
DO IT - keep an open mind, listen to the experiences of others, and be inspired. The workshop helped crystallise ideas I had and gave me the incentive to apply for a job I really wanted. Now I'm doing something which gives me significantly more satisfaction than ever before."
I knew I had to make a change but didn't know where to turn or what to do next. The workshop was absolutely fantastic. I felt so motivated for months after, and it gave me the drive I needed to 'follow the dream'. I couldn't possibly be any happier."
Life's too short to waste in the wrong career – take part in this workshop and kick start your career change into action.
Why take part:
- Get unstuck with a clear step-by-step process for how to figure out the work that's right for you
- Get a roadmap for how to move ahead
- Don't get to six months from now regretting you didn't take action now
Where it takes place:
- The workshop takes place online. You can join us via a computer, tablet or mobile device. Once you've reserved your place, we'll send you full details of how to take part.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I have absolutely no idea what else I want to do. Will this workshop help me?
Yes. We specialise in helping people exactly like you. The workshop is designed to give you insights and practical, proven strategies to help you figure out what you really want to do.
I have some vague ideas of what I want to do but am still confused. Will this workshop work for me?
Absolutely. The workshop is all about helping you get more clarity about your situation: it may provoke new ideas; equally, it may help you validate some of the ideas you have already. Most importantly, you'll come away feeling more confident and more motivated to take the next steps.
I'm very clear about what I want to do next; I'm just struggling to get there. Should I attend?
No. This workshop is best suited to people who are still aren't 100% clear on what else they want to do. In your situation, we'd recommend you approach one of our coaches for a no-obligation chat about their one-on-one coaching services. Find out more here.
Is this appropriate if I haven't worked for a while?
The workshop is best suited to people already in work or not long out of the workplace. It's also suitable for mothers who want to make a major shift when returning to work. If you've been long-term unemployed and are struggling to re-enter the job market, then this is not the best workshop for you.
Will I leave knowing what my dream career is?
This has occurred in the past, though it's more likely that you will leave very clear on what you need to do to make your shift happen. We aim for you to leave clearer about what you want from your next career; more knowledgeable about the steps you'll need to take; and more confident in your ability to make the change.
How is the workshop delivered? What it's like to take part?
The workshop is a highly interactive experience, with presentations and individual and group exercises. Using video conferencing software, you'll interact with the coach and with others in the workshop using your computer's microphone (or a headset, if you have one), and also through a live questions box.
What about confidentiality?
We have very strict confidentiality policies at Careershifters. We ask all participants not to share externally anything that's discussed in the workshop; we only use first names; and we don't share any recordings of the workshop.
Where does the workshop take place?
The workshop takes place entirely online. This means you can take part from wherever you are in the world. As soon as you reserve a place, we'll send you details of how you can join the workshop.
How long is the workshop?
The workshop lasts for two and a half hours. We'll take a short break around half way through.
What equipment will I need to take part?
You just need a computer / laptop, with sound and a microphone.
How many people will be taking part?
A maximum of twenty-six.
Can I sign up if I'm based outside the UK?
Yes, absolutely. We normally have participants from multiple countries taking part.
I'm in a different time zone to the one listed, so what time would the workshop be for me?
Please click here to use this time convertor to check when the workshop will be happening in your time zone.
Is this workshop suitable for introverts?
Yes. We won't be asking you to do anything that will feel uncomfortable.
Will I need to prepare anything?
No. We'll cover everything during the workshop itself.
I can't make the date listed. What are your next available dates?
Please click here to let us know. We'll then let you know as soon as we publish the date of the next workshop.
Can I sign up and get a recording of the workshop later?
Unfortunately not, for two reasons: firstly, due to confidentiality, we don't share recordings of the workshop; secondly, we deliberately design the workshops to be highly interactive. We do this because we believe you'll get the most from the experience by being able to interact live with the coach and others in the group.
Can I buy a ticket on behalf of someone else?
Yes. Just buy a ticket as normal and write to us at email@example.com to let us know the name of the person you've bought the ticket for. We'll do the rest!
I have a question that isn't listed here. Who can I ask?
Just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll normally be able to get back to you within 24 hours on working days.