Notes from last night - "How to Escape Into Work That Makes A Difference"

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Last night 60 Escape the City members packed out an Escape School event at Bathtub 2 Boardroom in Bank, London, to hear Richard Alderson and Pauline Doohan give a fantastic talk and Q&A about career change – specifically with regards getting into the social sector.

You can read more about our speakers and the event here.

This review was kindly provided by Pascal – an Escape the City member who attended last night. He is 8 years into the advertising industry looking to make a career change and start putting the hours in something that matters, something that makes a difference, something tangible to be proud of.

Over to Pascal…

I showed up but wasn’t too sure what to expect. I guess I’m among those many people who have come to realize that they need to be changing career path and undertaking something that is meaningful and that matters; pursuing a bottom line that is more widely beneficial to society, and it certainly feels like being back at square 1, feeling very vulnerable and no knowing where to start.

Tonight certainly helped provide great support and sense of direction to be able to overcome the barriers one will face when undertaking a career change towards social good.

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Tonight was exceptionally good for many reasons:

1/ First and for most we have been given a number a very tangible and actionable tips as to where to start and create a favourable context for a gradual or a more radical career change. Irrespective of the varied background and level of skills from each one of us present tonight, it felt like all these tips are universal and actionable by all.

2/ In addition to tangible and actionable tips, there was a great motivational element delivered to us. The main barriers clearly lie within ourselves.

3/ We were also given a good overview of the very wide range of opportunities available, and there are a lot, more so than we could ever think in the first place. It was very useful to discover the approach about how to find the right matching opportunity.

4/ It was also great to discover the wide spectrum of profiles present tonight and to see that everyone is at different stage of their journey towards achieving their career change. The great value of tonight’s event came as much from the great talk delivered by Richard than from the opportunity to meet so many different people undertaking the same journey and sharing their experiences, tips and fears. As Richard said tonight: “Your career change happens through the actions you take to meet new people out in a new world.”

Overall this event gave me tangible support, motivational support, inspiration and was great way to start networking.

Great to meet so many smily, friendly faces and people interested to listen to your own stories in a laid back environment.

Finally, a great quote from Mark Twain:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Thanks again :))


Find out more about last night’s speaker Richard Alderson and Be The Change Journey.

If you enjoyed last night, we’d love to see you at another event:

What is Escape the City all about then?

Frustrated by climbing the corporate ladder, we decided to build a community to help people build meaningful careers doing work that matters – to them and to the world. We help talented people find unfulfilling work by making big career changes, building businesses, & going on big adventures. We’d love you to come with us on this journey.

How do you get involved?

1. Job Seeker? Create an Escape Profile to get matched to exciting jobs.

2. Aspiring Career Changer / Entrepreneur? If you’re in London, come and see us at The Escape School.

3. Want to stay in touch? Subscribe to one of our newsletters. Find us on Facebook or @escthecity.

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