Get Inspired. Get Connected. Get Hired.

Thursday 13th April 2017 Buy your ticket

Looking for a new job – but want to do something a bit… different?

Job hunting can be a real drag. It’s hard to know what an organisation is really looking for – and what it’s really like to work there.

That’s why we created the Alternative Careers Fair. A job fair – but not as you know it.

Forget roller banners and dodgy keyrings. Come along to connect with genuinely interesting, progressive organisations and learn what you need to know to successfully land your next role in the changing world of work.


progressive companies

shared mission

The Alternative Career Festival is for you if you…

are looking for a new job at the moment

know what you want to do, but are looking for help to get there

are curious about where the world of work is headed

are up for talking to interesting employers and likeminded escapees

want to get inspired by organisations who do things differently

are alright with leaving your CV at home…

Join us to experience…

Exclusive workshops tackling big questions.

Ask questions and receive guidance at the advice bar.

Make connections and build relationships.

Mingle with growing brands and progress your career.

Who you’ll meet


A global community for makers everywhere. Dedicated to creating a place where makers’ projects are celebrated, advice is shared and it’s easy to buy supplies for your selected craft. LoveCrafts technology delivers a unique combination of social network, digital marketplace, online media and e-commerce to deliver everything a maker needs.


Appear Here

Appear Here is the world’s leading marketplace for retail space, bringing together a community of brands, entrepreneurs and creatives to space in the world’s best cities. Appear Here has thousands of exclusive spaces available to rent by day, week or month.

POD Point

The UK’s leading provider of electric vehicle charging. Since forming in 2009, POD Point have manufactured and sold over 27,000 charging points and developed one of the UK’s largest public networks, connecting EV drivers with hundreds of charging stations nationwide at locations such as Sainsbury’s and Southern Rail.

Escape experts

Our team are here to help you make your escape happen. Bring them your questions, blockers, ideas and plans…

The Connections Team

Chat to Escape’s in-house Connections team, who specialise in matching awesome people with awesome jobs.

Industry Experts

Come along to talks and workshops from entrepreneurs, hiring specialists, social impact leaders, psychologists, innovation specialists, and more…

Experienced Escapees

Meet people who’ve been there, done that. Our Escape Alumni community are on hand to share first hand experience of making an exciting career change.

When & where?


Thursday 13th April, 2pm till 8.30pm.

Choose from an afternoon or evening slot for your arrival time.


We’ll be at Off Quay – an epic venue just 15 minutes from central London (immediately next to East India DLR station). Find us: 8th Floor, Capstan House,1 Clove Crescent, E14 2BA

Thank you to our friends at Ugly Duck – a small social enterprise that takes disused and unloved spaces in London and puts them back into creative use.

Our amazing sponsors

B Lab UK

A UK charity which exists to support a community of UK-based B Corps. Escape the City became a
B Corp in 2015 and will be working with B Lab UK to deliver a series of workshops across the day. Meet the team at our B-Inspired area and learn how their rigorous assessment is changing the face of business.

Culture Amp

Culture Amp helps businesses understand people – using organisational psychology, data science, UX and engineering. CultureAmp are inviting attendees to take part in a survey to diagnose which Escape Factor is missing in their working life. We’ll use this to connect you directly to businesses which are right for you.

Makers Academy

A fully immersive, full-time computer programming bootcamp, designed to transform absolute beginners into job-ready junior developers in just 12 weeks. Makers Academy will be hosting our Tech Bar. They are giving one lucky attendee the chance to win a 12-week coding course place for free.


Monzo is building a new kind of bank, built for your smartphone. The company, founded in early 2015, now has over 70 employees based in our Old Street office. Over 100,000 people in the UK are using the Monzo app as part of Beta, on iOS or on Android, with hundreds more joining every day.


MovingWorlds are a social enterprise dedicated to helping people find the best place to volunteer their skills around the world.

They’re offering one lucky winner a once in a lifetime Experteering opportunity to travel, work, and experience an impact career firsthand. You’ll also get premium membership at MovingWorlds which will secure you an exciting project within the country, time frame, and impact area of your choice, plus 1-1 advice and coaching support from the CEO of MovingWorlds.

To be in with a chance, come and see MovingWorlds on the day and enter your name to the prize draw.

ACF Day Schedule


Panel: ‘Insider advice on how to stand out (part 1)’
Find out what London’s hottest companies are really looking for, from the people who make those all important hiring decisions. Meet experts from Lily’s Kitchen, Social Pantry, LoveCrafts, PodPoint and Work.Life.

Talk: ‘The Art of Interaction, how to get hired for the world’s best jobs’
Joe Griston, Regional Director of Europe at

Talk: ‘Destination purpose: confessions of a career hitchhiker’
Will Gardner, founder of Collectively

Panel: ‘Insider advice on how to stand out (part 2)’
Find out what London’s hottest companies are really looking for, from the people who make those all important hiring decisions. Meet experts from Clearscore, MarketInvoice, Hostmaker and Transferwise.

Talk: ‘When should I join a startup?’
Maria Campbell is Head of People at Monzo.

Talk: ‘Brand is a promise to your customer, culture is how you deliver on it’
Nick Matthews (Customer Growth) and Chloe Hamman (Insights Strategist) at Culture Amp.

Talk: ‘The Future and what to do about it’
Mark Stevenson – futurist, writer, entrepreneur.

Workshops & fireside talks

2.30 pm
Talk: ‘Working for a responsible business: why and how’
Shayla Meyer, Consultant at Junxion Strategy

Workshop: ‘Design your work life’
Laura Hewitt – Head of Innovation for Save The Children

Talk: ‘Transitioning into a purpose-driven business’
Stories and advice from On Purpose Fellows

Fireside chat: ‘Baking social impact into your career’
Charlotte Sewell, Head of Social Impact at COOK

Workshop: ‘Shadowing your future self’
Lucy Standing, Business Psychologist & Founder of ViewVo






Join us

Want to exhibit your company?

We are now accepting applications from our employer community to exhibit at the festival. If you have live roles coming up this year and are a shining example of your Escape Factor then let us know. We have limited space available so we recommend you submit your application as soon as possible to ensure you are considered.

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