Find direction and transition into fulfilling work.

The Career Change Accelerator is a 10-week programme that will help you overcome your fears, find direction, and create exciting new career opportunities for yourself alongside likeminded escapees.

 

Applications for February’s intake are now open.

***Apply now to save £300 & change your career in the new year.***

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Ready to do something different?

Maybe you followed the rules: you got good grades, landed a respectable job, and started to work your way through the ranks. As far as everyone else is concerned, you’re ‘successful’. However, you may be finding yourself wondering – is this it?

But you’ll have invested time and energy into your career so far, and it’s not easy to decide to take a different direction. More to the point, what direction should you take? Some people seem to ‘just know’ – for the rest of us, it can feel like a bit of a mystery.

How do you pivot your career? And how do you create exciting opportunities for yourself? Will you have to take a massive step down? What about money? How can you move into an industry you have no experience in?

That’s where The Career Change Accelerator comes in.

What’s involved?

The Career Change Accelerator is a 10-week course that will help you find direction, take action and create exciting new career opportunities for yourself. It is designed to give you:

Expert-led Curriculum

To demystify the career change process

We’ll teach you the ‘Lean Career Change’ built upon the very best knowledge of prominent career change experts. This involves ways to experiment in new areas & industries to learn about your options. Ensuring you don’t waste time and energy in the long run.

The Escape Toolkit & Mindset

To empower you to take action

Although it takes more than 10 weeks to launch into a dream career, our course will massively accelerate this process. From how to work through the fear of change, to free website platforms for alternative CVs, we’ll equip you with the tools & mindset needed to accelerate your career change.

Accountability & Community

To move from thinking to doing

Making a change alone is hard. But with likeminded peers, strong leaders, experienced mentors and enthusiastic Escapees you’ll have the guidance, support and accountability to start making real changes and maintain the momentum.

Where will you be by the end?

At the end of this experience you will feel full of possibility, you will have reconnected with what really makes you tick, you will see the world and your place in it differently. You will be engaging with ideas, opportunities and people that you can’t even see today.

You will have gained the confidence to take control of your career and change your direction.

You will understand yourself better – your interests and passions, as well as how you hold yourself back.

You will have learnt new skills to equip you for navigating your way away from your current career.

You will have a new network of allies, friends and collaborators to support you on your new path.

You will have taken stock of your career history and highlighted the ingredients of fulfilling work that are missing for you.

You will have been introduced to a range of exciting entrepreneurial and social impact organisations.

You will have a clearer idea of your value, what you stand for and what your personal brand could become.

You will have an understanding of the top 10 tech tools needed to thrive in a new world of work.

You will have developed a robust entrepreneurial mindset and resilient habits.

You will have delivered a range of projects that have reconnected you with how fulfilling work can be.

You will have a plan for making active, deliberate choices for yourself going forwards in your work.

You will know how to create opportunities for yourself, not just once but for the rest of your career.

What about specific outcomes?

Everyone’s Escape looks different, but these are the three most common paths we’ve seen from hundreds of graduates.

You may have found a new job in an organisation whose values resonate with yours.

You may be setting yourself up as a contractor, freelancer or independent consultant.

Or you may even have a plan to build your own venture and be taking your first steps.

We will provide an abundance of support and encouragement for you to identify a new direction or directions and start creating opportunities for yourself. Ultimately, however, the path is made by walking and you will need to take responsibility for your outcomes. How far you get in this period is up to you. 

Our alumni stories

Julie

Julie used to work as a Social Media Manager in London until she decided to take the leap and start her own business WeSleep.

Before I escaped, I was a senior media executive navigating politics, pressures, overtime and restructures for over 12 years. I felt undervalued, unfulfilled, not living my full potential, depleted, and stifled. To make matters worse, I felt completely unsure of how to begin exploring alternative professions, or how to progress my career in a way that could bring more happiness to my work and life.” Read Julie’s story.

Lamia

Lamia has a background in management consulting and is now illustrating a children’s book, pursuing her passions and making waves.

“The prospect of a ‘career’ felt long and dreary. I was feeling far removed from any of the passions I had when I was younger and felt too frightened to do anything differently. I also had no idea what else I could do – no idea what else was out there. I was so afraid that I wouldn’t feel excited about anything, and I really didn’t want to disappoint my family members – I had what we all deemed ‘a good job’.” Read Lamia’s story.

Adrian

Adrian escaped over 4 years as a tech consultant to join a non-for-profit organisation called One Acre Fund, in Malawi.

“This evening I’ll be participating in a leadership vision and goals-setting retreat for my new organisation. I’ll be setting the targets, the broader direction for the organisation, and the metrics by which to measure our success. One of my key aims post-Escape was to work in an impactful role for an organisation I was proud to be a part of, and here I am.” Read Adrian’s story.

What you’ll learn

Over the course of 10 weeks, you will be guided through a learning by doing experience exploring 12 key principles. The curriculum is outcome focused, where knowledge is quickly translated into action, accelerating your career change.

 

Designing Your Life

Personal Audit

Assess your skills, strengths & experiences.

Mindset & Resilience

Build psychological resilience for career transition or entrepreneurship.

Values & Direction

Understand what matters to you & why.

Confidence & Creativity

Enlarge your sense of what you are capable of, become an idea machine.

Building Your Toolkit

Idea Generation

Think differently & uncover new paths for yourself.

Decision Criteria

Make choices based on your definition of success.

Experimentation & Projects

Find your new path by doing, not by thinking.

Storytelling & Bravery

Own your story and share it with the world.

Escaping The Smart Way

Reputation & Platforms

Show (don’t tell) the world what you can do.

Networks & Community

Unlock opportunities through meaningful relationships.

Opportunity Mindset

Find & create opportunities on your terms.

Intelligent Transition

Manage your way through career change logistics: finances, responsibilities, and escape the smart way.

People have graduated from our career change programmes.

%

Thought our career change programme was a good investment.

%

Would recommend the programme to a friend.

Dates & location

Next intake: 3rd February – 14th April

 

During this time you will be required every Tuesday evening for 10 weeks (6:30 – 09:30 pm), as well as the following weekend days (10am- 6pm):

  • 3rd & 4th Feb: Saturday & Sunday (Kickoff Weekend)
  • 24th Feb: Saturday
  • 10th Mar: Saturday
  • 31st Mar: Saturday
  • 14th Apr: Saturday (Demo day & celebration)

The Course is designed to fit around full-time employment.

Location:

All The Accelerator sessions will take place at Work.Life Bermondsey, 5 Tanner St, London, SE1 3LE.

Course fee

Our course fee is payable upfront or in instalments spread over 4 months.

(No payments will be requested until your application has been reviewed and you’ve chatted with a member of our team and confirmed whether the course is a good fit for you.)


Your fee includes

10 x 3-hour evening workshops: during our course sessions you’ll have face to face time with our experts as they guide you through the fundamentals of assessing your career to date, getting clarity on your options, and experimenting in new areas.

Kickoff Bootcamp: during our full weekend (Saturday & Sunday) from 10-6pm, we’ll dive straight into the course and start connecting with each other.

Online resources: the course is supported via access to our online content where all material and resources live.

4 x Saturday workshops (10-5pm): our full day sessions allow more in-depth workshops to provide a deeper dive into teaching tools, one-to-one mentoring and time spent getting the work done and taking action to move into new areas of work.

One-on-one mentoring: you’ll have access to regular check-ins with your Course Leaders and mentors every week throughout the course.

Demo Day: a chance to share your experience to date with the group and present your plans going forwards.

“I feel like I have a really solid framework to resurrect my Escape, which had stalled slightly over the past year due to a lack of direction and confidence. There are so many tools that I have picked up and a really diverse group that I feel I can turn to for motivation. I feel the alumni network will be invaluable over the coming months/years.”

Victoria

Community. It’s beyond words- something so great you have to experience yourself and may very well be the best community you ever come across.

Whitney

If you’ve ever wanted to demystify what it takes to start a business, do this. If you’ve ever worried about doing it alone, do this. If you’ve ever wanted to break your mound and meet great people who could inspire you to wake up and get shit done… do this.

Andrea

The bucket list must to change the way you think about your career.

Patricia

One of the best things I have done.

Jack

An amazing rollercoaster ride. I’ve been thinking about startups and ideas for years and this is exactly what I needed to kick start my journey.

Dan

12 weeks to change the course of next 4249.6 weeks of life (based on average UK life expectancy).

Usman

“It’s like THE APPRENTICE meets FUN HOUSE. No seriously, if you want to scratch your entrepreneurial itch it’s the best place to do it.”

Nov 2016

Your leadership team

Our educational excellence is a community effort. When you learn at Escape, you can always rely on an in-house team of experts to provide guidance and support, whenever you need it.

Course Leaders

You will have two course leaders who have credible track records in successful career change, entrepreneurship, career coaching & group facilitation.

Industry Experts

You will frequently hear from a variety of entrepreneurs, experts and guest teachers with useful advice and deep specialty experience.

Experienced Mentors

You will get to meet alumni, successful escapees, coaches, and entrepreneurs to learn from their experiences and get their help with your transition.

The Escape Club

Your journey isn’t over after 10 weeks…

After completing the course, you’ll graduate into The Escape Club, a private network for Alumni of our London and New York courses. Full of brave Escapees, ambitious career changers, and aspiring entrepreneurs, this community will support you as you continue your journey.

Connections

Structured tools for connecting with each other online and offline

Events

Optional weekly Escape gatherings, as well as bigger retreats and festivals

Opportunities

Exclusive introductions to, and connections with, Escape employers

Support

Ongoing access to all Escape materials and other information

Stories

Inspiration from successful Escapees and a platform to share your progress

Only 40 places available. Apply before 20th Nov to save £300 & change your career in the new year.

(No payments will be requested until your application has been reviewed and you’ve chatted with a member of our team and confirmed whether the course is a good fit for you.)

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FAQs

Click below to find all our Career Change Accelerator frequently asked questions, including:

 

  • Who is The Accelerator for?
  • What if I already know what I want to do with my career?
  • What if I can’t make all the dates?
  • Is it just for corporate professionals?
  • Is this just for young people?
  • How does the application process work?
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