You are not alone. Between 10K to 100K people are searching for career change online every month
A career change can be a solitary journey. According to Google stats, every month between 10K to 100K people globally are searching information and resources related to career change.
For many, a career switch, it’s just a fantasy, an escapism from the frustrations of daily life or an unfulfilling job. For others, it’s a set intention, an action to take the next step towards the path of self-realisation. And for some, changing career it’s a burden, something they didn’t choose to. They have may lost a career they loved during the pandemic or in other circumstances; And they are trying to understand the next direction to take in their careers.
In many industries, like the sports, dance and the military, career change is often due to an early career termination. Causes can be different: age, early retirement or injuries are some of the most common.
We inspire career changers during their journeys to self-realisation
The Career Changers community aims to inspire every “career change” Google and why not, Bing searchers, during their journey to self-realisation. Our inspirational career change stories have a common thread; A career change requires lot of inner work and a good dose of soul searching. When the direction to take gets clearer, it may arise the need to overcome internal and external challenges and limiting beliefs. Asking for help and guidance if needed, is essential. That may come from a coach, a book, a course, or from friends and family.
We like to believe that success is not the reflection of what is written in our CV’ or LinkedIn profiles, but the sum up of our dreams, ambitions, failures an successes.
So to all the career changers out there, looking for some inspiration, we hope to be your good companion during your journey to self-realisation.
The Career Changers
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Ken Jeong was a full-time practicing surgeon for years before deciding to pursue acting and comedy full-time. While doing 90-hour shifts, he discovered comedy in college and then did small stand-up sets every few months.Read more
Balancing playing rugby whilst taking the qualifications to become a referee was very difficult. At the end of the day, you have to sacrifice certain things to try and progress in the new job. So that was the sacrifice I decided to make. I had to make time to referee and take time to progress otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to move into that career straight away.Read more
Stephen King, the author of cult classics like It (1986) and The Shining (1977), came from a modest background. King served as a janitor at a high school before becoming one of the most creative authors of all time.Read more
Armani left the military in 1953 to pursue a different profession. He got a job as a window dresser in a Milan shop. He began designing his clothes in the mid-1960s and founded his brand, Armani, in 1975.Read more
Stocks and Shares fascinate me immensely and do pique my interest. Previous to working here, I was shocked to see sums of cash and assets below £10,000. Soon after starting this position, I was placing trades worth up to £1m very quickly.Read more
More than six million Britons are registered to vote, with a mayoral election held every four years. The election was initially set for 2020, but due to the pandemic, it was delayed. Who are the candidates standing for Mayor this year and what do we know about their careers?Read more
Being an employee was complicated for me. Life in Paris with a child was a real challenge. I needed space, nature and freedom. I spent too much time on the metro and at work, it was really difficult for me to see my child. Life was too expensive.Read more
I believe ultimately everyone has a gut feeling or inkling that’s telling them what they want to do. Whether they say it out loud or in their head most people have something that when asked if they could, they would do for the rest of their lives. If that thing in your head isn’t what you’re doing right now, as successful as you maybe you’ll always be left with a what-if.Read more
I did not consider a career change until the position became available. After seeing the increase in domestic violence cases rise on the news and social media I decided I wanted to try and help and make a difference where I could.Read more
Hazal is a journalism postgraduate. Born and raised in London, the 24-year old was faced with a painful choice during the UK’s third lockdown, along with many other struggling graduates and realised that changing her career was her only option.Read more
The feeling of being forced out of a career you love can cause a rush of emotions, as your identity is embedded in what you do. A career for many is not just a job, but it can be a daily routine, self-esteem and self-confidence, professional identity or a feeling of control over your life.Read more
I was very underconfident for most of my life and, it was only when I studied coaching, that I became confident – in my late forties.Read more
A Carmelite embraces cloistered life to support and safeguard the life of prayer to which she feels called. You need to know that there is a purpose in what you are doing. As Victor Frankl writes, in Man’s Search for Meaning: “Those who have a why to live, can bear with almost any how”.Read more
As an animal activist rights I dream about the day when the animal rights movement will be considered 100% part of a wider rights movement, including human or environmental rights.Read more
While a career in the army can provide great perks like adventurous training and travelling, it can also, comes to an abrupt premature end. So what can one do to pick up the strings and start on a new career path?Read more
Ian Brown: On Meditation, career change and overcoming the challenges of working with Multiple Sclerosis
My first office job was fantastic. It gave me my first taste of travelling and the opportunity to experience different work cultures. But at some point something changed. I learnt meditation from a Buddhist monk as a way to deal with Multiple Sclerosis, a condition that I been living with for the last 23 years.Read more
I believe it is essential to allow for change. There have been quite a few for me, but out of all the changes – although I remained in the arts, I have evolved and found new levels of thinking, creating and facilitating others.Read more
A career in sports comes with its own set of challenges, as much as you may deny it, early retirement in your 30’s or 40’s is the norm or sometimes the most dreaded injury takes it away. Here are six tips that will help you prepare for ending a sports career early and moving on to your next best alternative career path.Read more
From corporate to teaching: How a successful career, two redundancies & burn out took me back to my old passion
Over the years, I have fostered a deep appreciation of the world and how geography influences differing cultures, physical processes and ultimately, the future of our planet. Geography is a subject that is crucial for students to understand; to learn how our world has developed, and ultimately to appreciate that they are the custodians of their own fragile inheritance.Read more
In terms of the working environment, what I found in London was more professional than in Italy. At the same time, the corporate environment was very competitive, inhuman, cold, and unpredictable. After a while, my whole being crushed.Read more
Transitioning from a career of service based on camaraderie and teamwork to one more self-oriented, requires a shift in mentality. In the military achieving a team objective can result in a life or death outcome, something that, does not usually apply to civilian life.Read more
The digital marketing career change that shaped my life. From Banking to Online Advertising at Google, Yahoo and Verizon
My first job was as a Bank Clerk in Lisbon. I still remember the branch manager being very surprised and wanting to talk to my mom once I told her that I wanted to quit. It was very kind of her to do that because she also had kids my age and didn’t want me to make a wrong decision that I would later regret. But it was nevertheless funny that she wanted to talk to the mom of a grown-up man.Read more
I discovered that I could adapt quickly to new environments and could work with people from different backgrounds while communicating successfully with everyone. Being a multipotentialite allows me to perform a variety of roles throughout the day, and push my boundaries.Read more
For me, what is also incredibly important, and it is also one of my biggest motivations is to set a good example for my children. I don’t want them to stay in a career that doesn’t suit them, just because it is well paid. I wanted to teach them to follow their dreams and to live a good life, full of meaning and accomplishment. The only way to teach them that is to do it myself.Read more
I sense that we evolve over time and become interested in different things, so I feel it is natural and healthy to have new careers and new experiences in our lives. Otherwise we can get stuck and unhappy. Changing a career is not an easy process, but it has been a great journey for me.Read more
It was while I was in the Falklands that I first experienced the stirrings of a vocation to religious life. I had only been in the WRNS for a couple of years before realising that it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. As I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do, I decided to stay where I was until it became clearer. I still had a couple of years of soul searching before becoming a nun.Read more
The dance luminary Jurgen Schneider, our master teacher and also a Ballet Master at American Ballet Theatre, told me I was a born teacher. I resented this because I wanted to perform first, then teach. I also thought many teachers I had seen were bitter ex-dancers or bitter dance lovers who never got to perform. I did not want o become like that!Read more
The Housekepeer secrets. Why I left my hotel housekeeper career in one of the most exclusive hotels in London
Imagine running something in between a marathon and an obstacle race every day of the week, five days a week. It is a very demanding physical job that in time can affect your physical health.Read more
When the sky is not the limit: How I turned my career from Air Hostess to PR Manager while living the expat life
Even if I was enjoying the job, I was open to new opportunities. The airline office had an opening for a PR Manager role and I decided to apply, as the role was relevant to my studies, and I got the job.Read more
I worked seven days a week, taking every overtime possible, trying to save money to be able to invest. After 18 months I opened my studio in London. It was really scary. I didn’t know anyone in the area, and I was worried about how to get my first clients.Read more
I have been an airplane pilot and instructor for about four years. I was based in Texas, USA. The main pro is that I was paid to do what I loved, and I never felt tired or bored doing it. Probably because I was too young at that time (in my twenties), I couldn’t realize there were cons. Today I can see as cons being so far away from my family and working very long hours.Read more
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