Looking to make a career move?
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.
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:
The Lean Career Change
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.
Our alumni stories
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 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.
Scott worked for one of the world’s largest social network companies, but was tired of living someone else’s life and wanted to begin forging his own.
“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 Scott’s story.
By the end of The Career Change Accelerator you will have…
De-risked your Escape by building a financial transition plan and Escape Fund.
Learned how to earn side income using your current skills.
Learned the nuts and bolts of freelancing and how to start your own business.
Landed at least 1 new career opportunity for yourself in your area of interest.
Have taken stock of your career history and highlighted the ingredients of fulfilling work that are missing for you.
Build a personal portfolio to effectively showcase yourself to potential employers.
Prototyped and tested at least 2 different career opportunities.
An understanding of the top 10 tech tools needed to thrive in a new world of work.
Developed a robust entrepreneurial mindset and resilient habits.
Built a 6-month Escape Roadmap with milestones and actions to navigate your change.
Clarity on your “blockers” — the things that are keeping you stuck.
A new community of like-minded people – a network of connections to help you on your journey
What you’ll learn
Over the course of 10 weeks, you will be guided through a learning by doing experience. The curriculum is outcome focused, where knowledge is quickly translated into action, accelerating your career change.
- Demystifying Career Change & The Future of Work
- Career & Life Audit
- Derisk Your Escape
- Master the Art of The Hustle
- Act Like an Entrepreneur
- Generate Income With Your Existing Skills
- The Top 10 Tech Tools to Thrive in the 21st Century
- Negotiating What You’re Worth
- Freelancing 101
- Marketing Yourself in the 21st Century
- Solve a Real-World Problem
- Build Your Escape Roadmap
Module 1: Demystifying Career Change & The Future of Work
Learn the top career change myths that keep people stuck, strategies to address them, and how to adapt in an evolving landscape of work.
Module 2: Career & Life Audit
Examine your career and life to-date to get clearer on your strengths, values, interests, skills, and your personal definition of success.
Module 3: Derisk Your Escape
Build a safety net for your journey ahead by understanding financial planning best practices, auditing your finances, and learn how to transition intelligently.
Module 4: Master the Art of The Hustle
Learn how to create extreme value for new people and organizations, build authentic relationships with hard to reach people, and get noticed in a noisy world.
Module 5: Act Like an Entrepreneur
Learn how to become an “idea machine,” plus strategies to launch new ideas for projects cheaply and quickly into the world – whether it’s for yourself or an organization you want to impress.
Module 6: Generate Income With Your Existing Skills
Take stock of your current transferable skills and market them in a compelling way to new employers to generate income streams as you transition.
Module 7: The Top 10 Tech Tools to Thrive in the 21st Century
Harness free and cheap technologies to promote your skills and connect with people all around the world to create new opportunities for yourself.
Module 8: Negotiating What You’re Worth
Build confidence and clarity on your skills and strengths, pitch yourself to land new opportunities on your own terms and negotiate new projects at a rate you’re worth.
Module 9: Freelancing 101
It’s estimated 50% of the workplace will be freelancers by 2020. Learn how to thrive as a freelancer, find and secure paying clients, and diversify your income to give yourself more freedom.
Module 10: Marketing Yourself in the 21st Century
Demonstrate your value to potential employers, learn how to creatively communicate your transferable skills and tell your story in a compelling way.
Module 11: Solve a Real-World Problem
You’ll work with a progressive organization to launch a project solving a real world problem – giving you relevant experience, and access to your new professional network.
Module 12: Build Your Escape Roadmap
Build a 6-month Escape Roadmap with milestones and next step actions to navigate your Escape and sustain yourself through the transition.
Dates & location
Autumn intake: 30th September – 9th December
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):
- 30 Sept & 1 Oct: Saturday & Sunday (Kickoff Weekend)
- 21 Oct: Saturday
- 4 Nov: Saturday
- 25 Nov: Saturday
- 9 Dec: Saturday (Demo Day & celebration)
The Course is designed to fit around full-time employment.
All The Accelerator sessions will take place at Work.Life Bermondsey, 5 Tanner St, London, SE1 3LE.
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.
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.
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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.
You will have two course leaders who have credible track records in successful career change, entrepreneurship, career coaching & group facilitation.
You will frequently hear from a variety of entrepreneurs, experts and guest teachers with useful advice and deep specialty experience.
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.
Structured tools for connecting with each other online and offline
Optional weekly Escape gatherings, as well as bigger retreats and festivals
Exclusive introductions to, and connections with, Escape employers
Ongoing access to all Escape materials and other information
Inspiration from successful Escapees and a platform to share your progress
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?