OUR CAREER CHANGE LAUNCH PAD

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Break out of analysis paralysis. Discover exciting career possibilities. Reclaim your sense of direction, momentum, and confidence in your shift.

The world’s longest-running group-based career change course

  • Get excited and back into action on your career change with refreshed energy and momentum
  • Discover more new exciting new career paths that suit who you are
  • Feel confident about what you’re good at, and how to talk about it
  • Overcome challenges and gain fresh perspectives on your shift with expert coaches and a new, powerful community of fellow shifters
  • Practise the tools and techniques you learned the first time around – this time with a deeper understanding

Feel the need for some more Launch Pad in your life?

Perhaps you…

  • Couldn’t make the most of the course the first time round (maybe you were moving house, work got busy, or something came up in your personal life)
  • Are making good progress on your shift post-course, and would love another burst of momentum and expertise
  • Have already made one shift and are thinking about making another career change soon

“The course was transformative. It put a rocket under my shift and helped me to identify a career that I didn’t previously know existed.”

Beth – From Creative Agency to Social Impact Consultancy

No matter where you’re at in your career change, there’s always an opportunity to sharpen your sense of direction and build your confidence

In the longer-term of a shift, it’s easy for old habits to resurface – falling into analysis paralysis, losing your sense of momentum, trying to ‘go it alone’. 

Sometimes, all you need is a burst of guidance, structure and inspiration to remind you of what you need to be doing and get you back into action.

1. New and improved Missions and Exercises

No more wondering what you should be doing and when – we’ll guide you through what to do each week to discover, focus, and test out new and fulfilling career directions.

Some of the tasks will be familiar, some will have been improved and updated since you took part in the course the first time around, and others will be brand-new to you.

2. An action-focused structure of momentum and accountability

Apply some pressure to your career change (in a good way!) with weekly community calls and regular content releases.

Taking small, consistent actions can move you a long way – break out of inertia and feel the excitement and motivation of making tangible progress and gaining fresh insights, week by week.

3. A fresh, vibrant community of career changers and experts

Remember how good it felt to be surrounded by supportive, inspiring people going through a career change? 

Re-inject your shift with the energy, commitment and support of a community; our coaches and visiting experts, new career changers, and other Alumni revisiting the course.

Reach new levels of clarity and confidence in your shift

You’ve already done this once – you know the stages of the Launch Pad. 

But this time, you can bring a unique quality of intention and understanding to the process, building on what you’ve already done to feel focused, excited about your new direction, and secure in your ability to make it happen.

 

WEEKS 1-4

Discovering

  • Generate new, exciting ideas, even when your mind feels like a vacuum, OR if you feel like you’ve already exhausted all your interests. 

  • Break out of the old patterns and habits that might have slipped back in to hold you back

  • Re-build your career change muscles to make taking positive action on your shift a natural way of being

  • Identify your skills and talents – and learn to talk about them in a confident, engaging way.

Finish this stage with renewed energy, self-belief and motivation, a fresh set of career possibilities, and a deep understanding of what you want and what you’re good at.

WEEK 5

Focusing

  • Identify and define your career themes in a guided, step-by-step process

  • Find connections between your interests that could point you toward new and innovative career options 

  • Articulate what you want and what you bring to the table in an authentic way that's unique to you.

Finish this stage with 3-5 career themes that give you purpose, energy and direction.

WEEKS 6-8

Testing and Validating

  • Map the landscape of your career themes to give you new areas to explore

  • Test your career ideas to make sure they’re viable, and learn how to design Shift Projects that truly move you forward.

  • Build confidence, experience and authority in your chosen career areas.

Finish this stage with confidence that you’re on the right track, more options tested, and a completed 'Career Change Compass' to give you a clear roadmap ahead.

“I’d spent so long feeling unhappy at work that it felt important not to compromise anymore. The Launch Pad helped me structure the actions I needed to take for my shift.”

Ajit – From Corporate to Start Up

Get expert input on your shift

Your Launch Pad leaders will provide you with expert input, challenge and accountability throughout the eight weeks. They’ve taken 3,000+ career changers through 50 editions of the course in the last 10 years; whatever you’re dealing with, they’ve seen it before. 

Get your questions answered, new perspectives on your biggest challenges, and hands-on practical help whenever you need it.

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John

John Lees

Career strategist

John Lees is one of the UK’s best known career experts. He has published 15 books on careers and work including the UK best-seller ‘How to Get a Job You Love’, now published in its 2021-22 edition as well as ‘Secrets of Resilient People’ which looks in depth at confidence.

His books have been translated into Arabic, Georgian, Polish, Japanese and Spanish.
 

 

 

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Anna

Anna Levy

Career coach

Anna has been coaching career changers since 2014. Having experienced for herself the misery of Monday mornings in a previous career, she enjoys the sense of purpose she gets from helping people find and move into fulfilling work.

She trained with the Co-Active Institute, has a postgraduate in Career Coaching and is a Careershifters and Firework Advanced Certified Coach.

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Natasha

Natasha Stanley

Career coach

Natasha Stanley is head coach, writer, and experience designer for Careershifters. Through her concepts, coaching and facilitation, she’s helped thousands of people to shift into work they love. She speaks regularly on the subject of career change, and is regularly featured in the media.

After five years living and working out of a backpack in eleven countries around the world, she’s now settled in the Canary Islands, where you can find her listening to neuroscience podcasts, learning pottery, and dreaming up her next adventure.

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... and here are success stories from our alumni

"“The Launch Pad shifted my mindset – I wouldn’t have approached my now boss and then taken the chance to move into this job opportunity without the course.” "

Rosana - From Engineer, Aerospace Industry to startup that teaches and develops games for the elderly

"“The Launch Pad enabled me to translate what I value and enjoy into a career, and equipped me with the tools to actually make the shift. It makes something quite scary, very practical, achievable and enjoyable!” "

Ross - Shifted from Talent Development to Sustainability

"“The Launch Pad has given me a good alternative process for finding work that I love, and not worrying about CVs and job applications. That’s made it all much more relaxing. I feel far more in control of my destiny now!” "

Ned - From Digital Marketing to Social Enterprises

"“I'm happy for two reasons: firstly, that I actually made a change and have embraced it, and secondly that the change feels right – it's where I am meant to be right now.” "

Andrea - From Insurance to Data Science

"“I've taken the plunge to being a freelance writer, and in doing so I feel far more energised and more 'me' than I have done in a really long time - in fact perhaps ever. I'm so happy!” "

Nina - From HR to Freelance Writing

"“Incredibly motivating. It changed my perspective and I now work for myself. The Launch Pad helped me be brave enough to make the shift.” "

Julie - From Senior Lecturer to Consultant, Trainer and Coach

"“The Launch Pad allowed me to understand the steps that I needed to feel confident and clear about my career. It really did change my life.” "

Kelly - From Commercial Marketing to Business Owner

"“The Launch Pad showed me that career change doesn't have to be scary; it can be exciting, light-hearted, an adventure.” "

Mat - From Advertising to Freelance

"“Coming out of this shift, I’m in flow every single day. It’s just an enormous change! My future looks bright, and I have a great plan. It’s a thrill to be living like this now.” "

Alan - From Information Systems to Insurance

"“I feel extremely grateful that I’m able to live the life that I’ve always dreamed of, after years that felt incongruous. I’m healthier and happier than I’ve ever been.” "

Carli - From Logistics to Graphic Design

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Questions?

When do the weekly group coaching calls happen?

From 3.00pm-4.00pm Eastern / 12.00pm-1.00pm Pacific every Wednesday, with a 2.30pm-4.10pm Eastern/ 11.30am-1.10pm Pacific kick off call on the first Wednesday of the course.

All of the calls are recorded, so you can easily catch up on any that you can't make.

Is this edition of the course just for repeating Alumni?

No.

It will be a mix of Alumni and new participants.

I can't make these dates. Can I join a future course?

No.

We're only opening up this special anniversary course for Alumni to repeat.

Can I get 1-on-1 support?

Yes, with our Launch Pad Plus option.

This will give you three 45-minute 1-on-1 coaching sessions with one of our expert career coaches that can be used during the course or up to three months afterwards.

You’ll also get unlimited 1-on-1 email support, access to our 'How to build a LinkedIn profile to support your career change' course and a personalised review of your resume and LinkedIn profile.

How is the Launch Pad different from working with a coach?

In short, you get most of the benefits of working with a coach and a lot more – at a significantly reduced cost.

In particular:

- Rather than relying on the expertise of one coach, you get to work with a minimum of three different coaches, all of whom have their own specialist expertise

- You have the connections, energy and accountability of a remarkable community around you

- You have the option of 1-on-1 support, just as you would get from working individually with a coach, through our Launch Pad Plus option

What can I expect from this anniversary edition of the course?

You'll have access to:

- New and updated content, including extra templates, worksheets and stories from Launch Pad Alumni

- Extra opportunities to connect and spend time with other career changers going through the process

- Guest experts joining us to help you with some of your stickiest career change challenges

Will the Launch Pad fit around my full-time job and/or family commitments?

Yes.

The Launch Pad is specifically designed to work over and above a full-time job and other commitments.

We ask you to dedicate a minimum of an average of 45-60 minutes a day to the process.

If you have more time than this available, you’ll be able to move faster.

What if I'm away or unavailable for part of the course?

Generally, this will be fine.

We ask that you commit a minimum of 45-60 mins a day to the process, so if you're unable to complete a week’s Missions and Exercises, you should be able to catch up.

All calls will be recorded during the course for you to review at any point, and all the materials will be available to you for as long as you need them afterwards.

Does it put me at a disadvantage to be out of work during the Launch Pad (even if my finances are OK)?

No.

We've had previous participants use the Launch Pad as a great way to take action on their next career move following a period of redundancy, a career break, or taking time out for their families.

It often means you may have more time to devote to the course, which is a good thing!
Does the Launch Pad work for introverts?

Yes.

The course is designed for extroverts and introverts alike. We've taken particular care to craft the Missions and Exercises to work for introverts – both in terms of their effectiveness, and in terms of feeling comfortable and feasible to do.

What are the benefits of Launch Pad Plus?

Our Plus option is for you if you’d like additional, personalised support with your Launch Pad experience.

You’ll get private one-on-one time with one of our coaches, extra tailored support via e-mail (in addition to our community space), access to our 'How to build a LinkedIn profile to support your career change' course and a personalised review of your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Is the Launch Pad just for young people?

No.

We’ve taken participants through the course up into their 50s and 60s, as the same principles for making a successful shift still apply.

Is the Launch Pad just for corporate professionals?

No.

We've had participants from the creative sector, tech, the charity sector, teaching, administration, healthcare, marketing, back-to-work parents, freelancers, and many more.

What unites them all is that they’re committed to doing what it takes to make a shift into fulfilling work.

Is the Launch Pad right for me if I'm considering starting a business?

Yes.

If you think you might like to start a business or work for yourself in some capacity, yet aren't sure what exactly you might do, then the Launch Pad can help you clarify and firm up your ideas. The Launch Pad will also help you test your ideas in low-risk ways.

If you already have a good idea of the business you would like to launch, and need help with the more technical aspects of getting started, then the Launch Pad wouldn’t be the best fit for you.

Do you have case studies of people who have been through the Launch Pad?

Yes, we do.

You can find out more about Launch Pad Alumni's experiences and career shifts here.

Any other questions?

See our Help Center or drop us a line at [email protected].