Welcome! It’s great to have you here – we just wanted to take a moment to introduce you to Escape the City. If you need help with something immediate please just email firstname.lastname@example.org or ask us on Facebook or Twitter - and if you’d rather skip straight to the specifics, just scroll down to “An introduction to our main stuff”.
You are currently on our blog. Don’t be confused however, the main site looks rather different and is over here: http://escapethecity.org/opportunities
If you don’t live in the UK you might not be familiar with the term ‘The City’. This is London’s financial centre and where a lot of our UK members work. So our name represents ‘escaping unfulfilling corporate jobs’ (as opposed to ‘escape the physical city itself and fleeing to the countryside’!).
Our concept and our mission
We believe that life is too short to do work that doesn’t matter to you. We started Escape the City when we were looking to transition away from our corporate management consulting jobs. We wanted to do something different but didn’t know where to start. We also knew we wanted to do something entrepreneurial but we didn’t have a good business idea.
And then, eureka!, we realised that the frustrations and challenges we were experiencing were shared by absolutely masses of our friends, colleagues and peers. Most of these people had done the sensible thing after university and got a safe corporate job (promising ‘I’ll do this for a few years and then go and do something else’) – however the principle is true for all working people: we all want to do work that matters to us.
If you’re anything like these people you’re ambitious, qualified, and hard-working. You don’t want to drop out. You just want to spend your working hours doing something exciting, something that fulfils you more than your current corporate job. But it’s hard, the eternal challenge…
If not this then what?
We know what this feels like… and we’re building Escape the City to help you. If you’re anything like us, we reckon you might be looking for:
Tangible opportunities, like-minded people, and genuinely useful information. As well as support and inspiration.
Some people know exactly what they’re looking for and are just using us to hunt for it. But other people don’t have a clue and are really at the beginning of their ‘escape my corporate job’ journey. Fortunately we’re building stuff to help both types (and hopefully everyone in between).
What could you do instead of your corporate job? Well we reckon you could find an exciting new job, you could start your own business or you could go on a big adventure. You could take a course, retrain in your spare time, volunteer, build up new skills, network, attend events, read relevant books, expose yourself to new ideas and environments. You could discover organisations, websites, and resources you never knew existed.
And we want you to use the combination of all of this information (that we’re seeking to provide) to make good your corporate escape…
An introduction to our main stuff
Opportunities: For professionals, for graduates and for volunteers. Globally. Browse here: http://escapethecity.org/opportunities
Escape Heroes: Inspirational stories shared by people who have escaped to new jobs, start-ups and adventures: http://escapethecity.org/heroes
General events: Talks, gatherings and events to help you explore new avenues and learn new things: http://escapethecity.org/events
Escape events: Our own events: http://escapeco.eventbrite.com/
Resources: We’re building up a database of the most relevant and useful information we’ve found: http://escapethecity.org/resources
Connections: This is a kind of classifieds for our community. Offer support and ask for help: http://escapethecity.org/connections
Coaching: For people looking for hands-on support with their escape. One-on-one coaching: http://escapethecity.org/coaching/index
Guides: Our first e-book guide is called ‘Find Work You Love’ and was written by our very own Escape Coach – Phil Bolton. Use it to help you figure out what career direction is right for you: http://www.startsomethingyoulove.com/
You can also use Escape the City to:
- Post exciting and challenging job opportunities: http://escapethecity.org/pages/employer_zone
- Ask the community for help / offer your support: http://escapethecity.org/connections/new
- Recommend an inspirational escapee story: http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/new
Currently the site requires you to do a lot of the searching yourself. We’re working on ways of asking you the right questions in order that you can set your preferences and not have to keep returning in order to be exposed to the opportunities, people and information that you’re looking for.
This is a work in progress but we’ve got some really exciting plans so please stick around!
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