Welcome to Escape the City
We are on a mission to help 1,000,000 people find work they love.
Why? Because 1,000,000 people doing work they love will change the world.
Unfulfilled and ambitious, we wanted to escape our corporate jobs. We looked for a service to help us find genuinely exciting new opportunities. There wasn’t one… So we built our own.
We have built Escape as the bridge between the old world of work and the new. We’d love you to join our community of +250,000 talented professionals building careers on their own terms.
What We Do
Jan 2010 – Dom and Rob – two friends working together in the corporate world in London. We wanted to ‘do something different’. Finding exciting alternatives was hard. We set out to build a solution.
We wanted to build a community for all the professionals worldwide who felt the same way as us – unfulfilled and desperate for more meaning in their work. It would be a community first and – if it worked – a business second.
We started out at a kitchen table with a simple blog and our now famous Monday newsletter – The Top 10 Opportunities (to do something different). People liked it. It started spreading. We were onto something.
Going GlobalJune 2011 – Within months we were getting emails from people around the world saying “we need this here!”. Mikey joined us and ran a successful pilot in New York. We started organising Escape Meetups in cities around the world.
May 2012 – We knew the potential for our idea was big and we needed more resources to build it. We rejected VCs and turned to our community. 395 members invested an incredible £600k. A world record at the time.
The Escape Manifesto
June 2013 – we published our first book. The Escape Manifesto was the book we wished we had read on our commutes to and from our corporate jobs. A call to action for people wanting to make big career changes.
The Escape School
Sept 2014 – We opened The Escape School in London, 100 metres from the Bank of England. We saw the power of community in the incredible outcomes people are having through our Tribes.
The Escape Manifesto
The book we wish we had 5 years ago…
Rob, Dom and Mikey were fed up with the corporate treadmill. When they decided to change careers, they looked for a website to help them escape – except there wasn’t one. So they started their own. Five years later and they have started a movement called Escape the City. Over 200,000 people have joined www.escapethecity.org in pursuit of exciting and unconventional careers. They are the first online start-up in the world to raise more than £600,000 in investment equity crowdfunding – and they did this entirely from their own members.
The Escape Manifesto is the book that the guys wish they had read five years ago on the London Underground when they were commuting back and forth from their corporate cubicles. It is an inspirational call to action, packed with practical advice and encouragement. If you work in a corporate job that doesn’t make you tick and you have ever wondered whether there is more to life, this book is for you. Step off the corporate treadmill – find an exciting job, start your own business, or go on a big adventure. Stop dreaming, start planning and do something different!
The 21st Century Career
A quarter of a million of corporate professionals are escaping their jobs. And they’re running to us. Here’s why.
Our new study reveals why job dissatisfaction is so high and why the future is all about The 21st Century Career.