Get Inspired. Get Connected. Get Hired.

Thursday 13th April 2017 Apply Here.

Join us for an afternoon & evening of meaningful connections. Meet hiring businesses and join the conversation about the future of work.

Experience an alternative to the ordinary job fair. Not a cliche roller banner in sight. Connect with innovative brands of all sizes, escape the pigeonhole and ask for real advice from people who have been there, join in games and workshops, hear from industry experts and feel inspired to take the next step in your career.

We want to connect you to your next job opportunity.

Because life is too short to do work that doesn’t matter.


Progressive Companies

Collective mission

The Alternative Career Festival is for those who…

Are looking for a new role.

know what they want to do but need help with the process.

are curious about where the world of work is headed.

are prepared to leave their ego at the door and take part in games, seminars, workshops and more.

feel ready to make a change and are looking for inspiration.

are actively job-hunting for exciting opportunities.

want to learn from industry experts and engage in different conversations.

are committed to doing work that matters and leaving their CV’s at home. 

Dates and Information

We will be kicking off the event at 13:00 pm on Thursday the 13th of April for those who want to get a slice on inspiration on their lunch break. We close at 21.30 pm. Choose from one of three timeslots to arrive.

Early bird tickets will be available on Thursday, Feb 16th.

We recommend that you sign up now, as there’ll be exclusive perks on offer from our sponsors for Early Bird ticket holders. Apply below for access to these limited tickets.

Join us from 1 – 9.30 pm to meet and mingle with progressive, hiring companies. Connect with the best brands out there, other job-seekers, influencers, thinkers, community members and the Escape Team.


We are thrilled to announce our venue –  Off Quay.

Situated just 15 minutes from central London, we are taking over a beautiful office floor and transforming it into our home for the day. We thank the team from the Ugly Duck for our venue. They are a small social enterprise that takes disused and unloved spaces in London and puts them back into creative use. We know you will be just as excited as we are to experience it.

What to expect…

Step 1: Submit your application to the team

Step 2: Your profile will be reviewed and matched to the event

Step 3: Get offered a ticket

Step 4: Choose your time slot for coming along and connect

Meet our 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

CultureAmp 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.


Meet MovingWorlds our Competition Partner; a social enterprise that is dedicated to helping people find the best place to volunteer their skills around the world.

Escape the City is offering a once in a lifetime competition opportunity to career-changers attending the Alternative Career Festival to enter a chance to win a travel-expenses-paid Experteering opportunity in partnership with MovingWorlds to travel, work, and experience an impact career firsthand. In addition to the premium membership at MovingWorlds which will secure you an exciting project within the country, time frame, and impact area of your choice, one lucky winner will also get additional career advice and a 1-1 coaching support from the CEO of MovingWorlds.

Details on how to apply will be available shortly to ticket holders attending the Festival, so pick yours up today.

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.

Your hosts: The Connections Team

Stepping through the doors of the festival you will be greeted by an in-house team of escape experts to provide guidance, advice, and support through our workshops and community stage. Come and troubleshoot your blockers, ask questions about startups, learn how to get noticed in your job-search and put faces to names.

The Connections Team

You will have access to the Connections Team at Escape who are experts in the changing landscape of careers and who will combine their talents to help deliver direct value to you on the day.

Qualified Experts

You can attend talks to hear from a variety of teachers, entrepreneurs and guest speakers with useful advice and deep specialty experience.

Experienced Escapees

You will get to meet our escape alumni community who will share their knowledge about their career change or entrepreneurial journey and help you to learn from their experiences.

Are you coming?

We are inviting…

Charities and Social Enterprises

Meet with non-profits large and small and discover where an impact career can take you.

Startups and SME's

Thinking about downsizing? Mingle with young companies as well as more established but small-scale organisations on unqiue missions.

Progressive Companies

Thinking about culture and personal fulfilment? Meet our Progressive Culture Companies, who are determined to do things differently, inside and out.

Want to exhibit as a 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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