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How to use Escape the City

Welcome! It’s great to have you here – we just wanted to take a moment to introduce you to Escape the City. If you need help with something immediate please just email team@escapethecity.org or ask us on Facebook or Twitter - and if you’d rather skip straight to the specifics, just scroll down to “An introduction to our main stuff”.

You are currently on our blog. Don’t be confused however, the main site looks rather different and is over here: http://escapethecity.org/opportunities

If you don’t live in the UK you might not be familiar with the term ‘The City’. This is London’s financial centre and where a lot of our UK members work. So our name represents ‘escaping unfulfilling corporate jobs’ (as opposed to ‘escape the physical city itself and fleeing to the countryside’!).

Our concept and our mission

We believe that life is too short to do work that doesn’t matter to you. We started Escape the City when we were looking to transition away from our corporate management consulting jobs. We wanted to do something different but didn’t know where to start. We also knew we wanted to do something entrepreneurial but we didn’t have a good business idea.

And then, eureka!, we realised that the frustrations and challenges we were experiencing were shared by absolutely masses of our friends, colleagues and peers. Most of these people had done the sensible thing after university and got a safe corporate job (promising ‘I’ll do this for a few years and then go and do something else’) – however the principle is true for all working people: we all want to do work that matters to us.

If you’re anything like these people you’re ambitious, qualified, and hard-working. You don’t want to drop out. You just want to spend your working hours doing something exciting, something that fulfils you more than your current corporate job. But it’s hard, the eternal challenge…

If not this then what?

We know what this feels like… and we’re building Escape the City to help you. If you’re anything like us, we reckon you might be looking for:

Tangible opportunities, like-minded people, and genuinely useful information. As well as support and inspiration.

Some people know exactly what they’re looking for and are just using us to hunt for it. But other people don’t have a clue and are really at the beginning of their ‘escape my corporate job’ journey. Fortunately we’re building stuff to help both types (and hopefully everyone in between).

What could you do instead of your corporate job? Well we reckon you could find an exciting new job, you could start your own business or you could go on a big adventure. You could take a course, retrain in your spare time, volunteer, build up new skills, network, attend events, read relevant books, expose yourself to new ideas and environments. You could discover organisations, websites, and resources you never knew existed.

And we want you to use the combination of all of this information (that we’re seeking to provide) to make good your corporate escape…

An introduction to our main stuff

Opportunities: For professionals, for graduates and for volunteers. Globally. Browse here: http://escapethecity.org/opportunities

Escape Heroes: Inspirational stories shared by people who have escaped to new jobs, start-ups and adventures: http://escapethecity.org/heroes

General events: Talks, gatherings and events to help you explore new avenues and learn new things: http://escapethecity.org/events

Escape events: Our own events: http://escapeco.eventbrite.com/

Resources: We’re building up a database of the most relevant and useful information we’ve found: http://escapethecity.org/resources

Connections: This is a kind of classifieds for our community. Offer support and ask for help: http://escapethecity.org/connections

Coaching: For people looking for hands-on support with their escape. One-on-one coaching: http://escapethecity.org/coaching/index

Guides: Our first e-book guide is called ‘Find Work You Love’ and was written by our very own Escape Coach – Phil Bolton. Use it to help you figure out what career direction is right for you: http://www.startsomethingyoulove.com/

You can also use Escape the City to:

If you’re an organisation looking to hire great people or promote your brand, products, services, events or events please just ping us an email – we’d be happy to help: team@escapethecity.org

Coming soon

Currently the site requires you to do a lot of the searching yourself. We’re working on ways of asking you the right questions in order that you can set your preferences and not have to keep returning in order to be exposed to the opportunities, people and information that you’re looking for.

This is a work in progress but we’ve got some really exciting plans so please stick around!

Need a helping hand?

If you have any questions just drop us an email at team@escapethecity.org and you can return to the main site by clicking here: www.escapethecity.org.

Who are we?

You can say hi to the Esc Team in the following places:

You can also email our Community Manager, Adele Barlow, any time – adele@escapethecity.org

  • Jon S

    Are you now in a band (your photo)???. Nice hair Rob :)

    Not a very constructuve comment I know. Prob worth deleting in fact.

    • Team Esc

      Haha. That was the Business Week photographer’s doing (back in June so the hair grew back!).

      • Amy

        Jon s – hilarious

  • Iris Perrin

    Hello and congratulations on your amazing business.
    Looking forward to the Monday mailings.
    p.s. I think one of you looks a wee bit like one of the guys in “Made in Chelsea” (the blonde one) …not sure which of you is which name though.

    Iris

  • Al

    Wow! Just what I need. So tired of the 9 to 5 and always thinking “I can’t do another 20 or 30 years of this!”.

    I’ve got so many interests and a few passions, but how to turn them into something and how to do this and not lose my house and see my family suffer?

    I’m hoping you can help me find some answers and inspiration!

    Al

    • Adele

      Hi Al, thanks for reaching out – it’s Adele, Esc’s community manager – I’ll email you back separately.