The Career Change Accelerator: FAQs

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Who is The Accelerator for?

The Career Change Accelerator is for people who believe life is too short to do work that doesn’t matter.

But more than this – The Accelerator is for doers. Your background, experience, industry, etc doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are up for this.

The Career Change Accelerator is for…

  • People who have a track record of being doers / proactive / achievers in some form.
  • People who are feeling stuck in some way but who are determined to make a change.
  • People who think they know what they want to do but need help with the process.
  • People who don’t know what they want to do but are prepared to work to find it out.
  • People who are prepared to step outside their comfort zones to create new opportunities.
  • People who are honest about their excuses and who are prepared to transcend them.
  • People who are prepared to change the way they see the world in order to change their place in it.
  • People who want to solve problems, create things, work hard, and have an impact.
  • People who are prepared to graft and work hard to become excellent at something.
  • People who understand that this process is hard and that it will take time.

Who is The Accelerator not for?

It’s not for dreamers who aren’t prepared to become doers. It’s not for people whose excuses will sabotage any meaningful forward action. It’s not for people who believe that work is something to be endured rather than enjoyed. It’s not for people who are hoping for a path to a rewarding career that is both quick and easy. It’s not for people for whom external symbols of success are more important than finding ways to do work that is meaningful and fulfilling to them.

Show us that you are this type of person in your application.

How does it work?

The Accelerator has been designed with the following principles in mind:

1. ACTION WORKS: We learn best by doing, not by sitting in the classroom. Concepts are important but it’s only when we implement new ideas that we truly understand them.

2. COMMUNITY IS CRUCIAL: Communities give us confidence, hold us accountable, teach us about ourselves, and help us cement new ways of doing and seeing things.

3. WE HAVE THE TOOLS: In building Escape over the past 7 years and helping thousands of people pursue more fulfilling work, we’ve gathered together the tools, principle, and exercises that work. It may not be easy or simple to build a career on your own terms, but it has never been more possible than it is today.

The Accelerator in summary:

Over the course of The Accelerator you will work through the 12 modules and undertake challenges with the support of your Accelerator Leaders.

You will have an Accountability Group of 6-7 people who will support you through all of the doing and learning.

You will be connected together online in a private Facebook group and you will have access to Teachable for the online curriculum (a growing Q&A repository of career change & entrepreneurial knowledge).

At the end of the experience you will join The Esc Club (our private alumni network of brave career changers and aspiring entrepreneurs) for ongoing support as you progress on your journey of building a career on your own terms.

What outcomes can I expect?

By the end of The Career Change Accelerator you will:

  • Be a lot clearer on your “blockers” — the real and perceived things keeping you stuck.
  • Have taken stock of your career history and highlighted the ingredients of fulfilling work that are missing for you.
  • Have a good understanding of the unhelpful narratives you’re telling yourself and begin to articulate new potential narratives for yourself.
  • Have a better sense of your unique values and what truly matters to you.
  • Tap back into your inherent creativity.
  • Begin to explore new areas of interest.
  • Understand how successful 21st century careerists create opportunities on their own terms.
  • Begin testing your way into new career directions by spearheading new projects and kickstarting experiments into the world based on your interests.
  • Have a greater understanding of how you can quickly and easily demonstrate your value to others.
  • Learn methods and tools to build authentic relationships and enriching connections.
  • Apply entrepreneurial tactics to your career change.
  • Be connected with a strong community of likeminded people who are on a similar mission to you.
  • Have ongoing long-term support for your career aspirations.

In terms of your plans, you may:

  • Be considering resigning from your job to work full-time on a new project or pursue a new career path.
  • Line up a new full-time or part-time opportunity in your same industry, but with an organization that’s more aligned with your values.
  • Line up a new full-time or part-time opportunity in a completely new industry that you’re interested in.
  • Negotiate part-time or full-time off to allow yourself time to focus on something new.
  • Begin to freelance or generate income part-time with a “pocket skill” you develop or build up.
  • Start experimenting with new career idea(s) and building traction before deciding to pursue it full-time.
  • Explore some new ideas, but decide to stay put in your job for the time-being as you build your escape plan/fund.
  • Apply what you learn in The Accelerator to change your day job for the better or negotiate new terms or a new role for yourself.
  • Use the Tribe to catalyse an entrepreneurial career change / get a job in a startup.

All of these have been outcomes for previous course members.

There is no one-size-fits-all escape journey. This process is hard, takes time, requires managing your risk and isn’t necessarily linear. You may need to explore a handful of new interests and opportunities to better understand yourself and work that’s most fitting for you.

The reality is that this stuff takes time. Most of the escapes we know about required many months and even years of deliberate work and dedication. Your escape will likely be similar. What matters – if you’re serious about building a career on your own terms – is that you keep trying new things (even if you stay in your job for another few years). Everything you try in your career will lead you somewhere new (often places you can’t predict).

What do the Accelerator Leaders do?

Each Accelerator has two Tribe Leaders.

The best people to learn with are escapees, career change coaches, and people who have been through big changes themselves. The Accelerator Leaders are people with credible track records in helping others escape into more fulfilling work, and who can act as role models for the group.

The Accelerator Leaders aren’t teachers (or gurus!).

The Accelerator Leaders are your guides for this experience. They will steer you through the course – helping you troubleshoot, problem-solve and brainstorm your way through the challenges.

The Accelerator Leaders are your escape coaches. 

Wherever possible they will help you with useful information but they will also encourage you to figure things out for yourself. We learn best by doing, not by being told.

What is The Esc Club?

At the end of The Accelerator you will be invited to join The Esc Club (for free).

What is The Esc Club?

We are a community of people who:

  • Reject the suffocating conformity of the mainstream career path.
  • Are determined to build careers and businesses on our own terms.
  • Accept that the escapee’s journey is really hard and can take a long time.
  • Are prepared to take responsibility for our thoughts, words and deeds.
  • Commit to giving as much help and support as we receive.

What does The Esc Club consist of?

As an Esc Club member you’ll have access to:

  • The (growing) Escape & Startup curriculum.
  • A private Q&A knowledge forum.
  • A shared Medium collection.
  • Regular meetups and socials.
  • … and lots more in the pipeline.

Accelerator Logistics

Where is it held?

Our base will be Work.Life Bermondsey (5 Tanner St, London SE1 3LE).

What is the likely demographic?

Example stats from previous intakes:

How many years’ experience do you have?

  • 21% people with 1-5 years’ experience
  • 32% people with 6-9 years’ experience
  • 26% people with 10-12 years’ experience
  • 21% people with more than 12 years’ experience

What is your working status?

  • 59% Working full-time.
  • 18% Already “escaped” and looking for a new opportunity.
  • 18% Half-way out (contracting / freelancing / part-time).
  • 4% Fully escaped and/or on an entrepreneurial path.

What sector do you work in?

Our Escape courses typically cover a diverse range of backgrounds (this is part of their strength). A snapshot of sectors previous members have worked in:

Media, Financial Services, Publishing, Advertising, Education, Transportation, Banking, Software Development, Law, Consulting, Technology, Accounting, Events, Law, Media, Communications, Medicine, Charity, Oil & Gas, Teaching, Architecture, Civil Service, Creative Arts, Fashion, Hospitality, Marketing, Property, Retail, Sustainability, Wine, E-commerce, Customer Service, Automotive, Consumer Goods, Military, Travel.

Accelerator Wellbeing

How do I take care of myself on The Accelerator?

The Accelerator is an exhilarating journey. It can also be stressful and overwhelming at times – any process that involves the unknown, personal risk and the prospect of big life changes can be challenging. When the Accelerator forms we will explore ways of looking after ourselves and each other as we begin to explore new ideas and new potential career paths.

Here are some of the key principles for self-care on The Accelerator:

1. ACCEPT CHANGE CAN HURT
Your brain evolved to keep you safe. Most of us are instinctively afraid of the unknown. Wobbles, worries and fear are a core part of any process of change. Accepting this can help you deal with challenging thoughts and reactions as they occur.

2. STICK WITH IT
Experiential Avoidance is a psychological term that means running away from difficult experiences even when doing so creates harm in the long-term. Grit your teeth, stick with your objectives and you’ll be amazed at the progress you’ll make.

3. KNOW YOURSELF
Challenge yourself to engage in the Accelerator work even when you don’t feel like it – but also know when to take a step back. This is a long-term process and it doesn’t all happen in 10 weeks. Slow down and take the pressure off when you need to.

4. BUILD IN RECOVERY TIME
Although the Accelerator will encourage you to carve out time for working on your escape plans, remember to allow some of that time to be dedicated to maintaining your wellbeing, health and energy levels.

5. BE KIND TO YOURSELF
This is one of the most important lessons you can learn on this journey. Treat yourself as you would your best friend – with compassion, patience and acknowledgement that it won’t all come right away, but that you are working on it.

6. PRACTICE GROWTH MINDSET
Fixed Mindset sees difficulties, setbacks and failures as negative judgments on an individual. Growth Mindset sees the same challenges as opportunities for growth, learning and advancement. Practice Growth Mindset (see Carol Dweck for more).

7. RESIST UNHELPFUL PRESSURE
It is important to remind yourself that your decisions are yours alone and to resist any pressure that you might feel as a result of comparing yourself to other members of the group or from the Accelerator challenges themselves.

8. PROTECT YOURSELF
The more you begin changing things in your life, the more people in your life may act unhelpfully towards you. This is one of the more challenging aspects of any unconventional journey. Surround yourself with positive people as much as possible.

9. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
It can be tempting to blame anyone but you for your situation or how you’re feeling. This is the quickest way to feeling depressed. Take responsibility for your thoughts, words and deeds. It’s hard but it’s liberating.

10. CONSIDER COACHING
As you progress into new territory, you may feel that you could benefit from individual coaching. One-on-one coaching can be an amazing way to dive into some of the ways in which you hold yourself back. Ask your course Leader for more info.

These principles can be even more important after The Accelerator – as you continue on your journey to build a career on your own terms perhaps without the presence of a weekly support group.

We will equip you with guidance for the period after The Accelerator and you’ll have ongoing support in the form of the Esc Club and any ongoing activity that your group commits to. This is a journey and we’re with you for the long-term.

What if I have a real wobble?

It is important to be aware of the serious stuff.

The Accelerator can involve exploring some big questions: “Who am I?”, “What do I want to do with my life?”, and “Why aren’t things going the way I want them to in my career/life?”. Grappling with these areas can cause us to wobble. Many of us will experience anxiety, depression and other psychological challenges over the course of our lives. These episodes can often be triggered by challenging / traumatic events or periods of instability, uncertainty or change.

Most people are absolutely fine on an Accelerator and find the experience positive and motivating. However, it is important to be aware that some of the work we do may bring up difficult thoughts or emotions that are hard to cope with. If you find yourself really struggling, please let your Leaders know as soon as possible.

If you’re ever feeling really low, come talk to us and we can help you explore your options and refer you to medical professionals if needed. Your emotional and mental stability and wellbeing is our utmost priority – and it should be yours too. Sometimes this might mean taking a step backwards in order to regroup and proceed in due course from more solid foundations.

What are the guiding principles for The Accelerator?

If you aren’t enjoying your job or you’re struggling to figure out your right direction, it can be easy to feel that you’ve got a problem or that you’ve failed in some way. There is nothing wrong with you – but there is a lot wrong with the world of work. By joining this Accelerator you are becoming an early adopter of a new way of working.

Building a career on your own terms is hard – don’t make it any harder by feeling like you’ve failed because you want to do something different. You haven’t – you’re a pioneer.

This is a revolution and it’s exciting to be alive (and building a career) at a time of so much change. There are a lot of us who feel this way and these are some of the principles we use to keep us strong on our respective journeys…

26 PRINCIPLES FOR THE ACCELERATOR:

1. FIND YOUR TRIBE(S): You become the average of the people you spend your time with – choose wisely.

2. BUILD REAL RELATIONSHIPS: Authentically connect with people who share your values & help each other along.

3. GIVE, GENEROUSLY: Make yourself useful to other people – giving (authentically) is the best way to get.

4. PRIORITISE ACTION: You can’t think your way to exciting opportunities, you can only “do” our way forwards.

5. START (JUST START): Start things and follow your curiosities without knowing how they’re going to turn out.

6. TAKE SMALL STEPS: Take small steps towards big goals, changing direction as you learn through doing.

7. EMBRACE UNCERTAINTY: Accept uncertainty as the price for trying to do work that matters on your own terms.

8. SHINE IN PUBLIC: No one is going to give you a chance if they don’t know you exist.

9. SHOW, DON’T TELL: Don’t tell the world what you’re capable of (CV, cover letters), show them!

10. BE PATIENT: This process takes time and can be a struggle. Practice resilience when it gets hard.

11. ADOPT GROWTH MINDSET: See small failures, setbacks and imperfection as learning experiences on your journey.

12. AVOID REGRET: Manage risk by all means but don’t avoid it altogether. Try to avoid regret, not risk.

13. DEFINE SUCCESS FOR YOURSELF: Bravely cultivate and defend your own definition of what really matters in life.

14. BACK YOURSELF: You are capable of more than you give yourself credit for. Believe in yourself.

15. KEEP GROWING: You may not yet know how to do what you want to do, but believe you can get there.

16. ADOPT BEGINNER MINDSET: When you start you won’t be an expert. Reject imposter syndrome, embrace learning.

17. AIM AT EXCELLENT: The world will respond favourably if you (eventually) become damn good at something.

18. OWN YOUR STORY: There are many narrative threads in your past (and future). Don’t be defined by others.

19. LIVE YOUR VALUES: Focus on behaving in ways that reflect your values and what you’re doing will catch up.

20. SEEK ACCOUNTABILITY: Share your objectives with a community – you’ll be more likely to achieve them.

21. FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS: Priorities are like arms: you don’t want more than two. Focus on few things at once.

22. USE YOUR FEAR Make smart decisions – but remember that fear can point at things you want.

23. TEST YOUR BEST GUESS When in doubt, you don’t have to take a big risk / decision, just test your best guess.

24. ASK FOR HELP: None of us can do this solo. Be brave, reach out to people – they want to help.

25. CULTIVATE GRATITUDE: In the scheme of things you are incredibly lucky. Remember this on the tough days.

26. START WHERE YOU ARE: Do what is doable for you where you are today. Don’t obsess about the destination.

Suitable Candidates

Who is a suitable applicant for The Accelerator?

The ideal Career Change Accelerator applicant is someone who is prepared to test their way into a new direction through doing, not through more researching, planning or talking.

It doesn’t matter whether you have no ideas on your potential direction of career change travel, or have a bunch of ideas. Nor do you need to make a complete 180-degree turn on your career; it’s possible you just need to make a small 1% shift. All we ask is that you be open to making exciting new things happen in your career.

All Accelerator participants are invited into the Esc Club at the end of the experience and – as this is our private Escape community – we’re choosy about who joins. Ultimately, we are looking for a great attitude. Your background, experience, industry, etc don’t matter a jot. What matters is that you are up for this experience.

We are looking for…

  • People who have a track record of being doers / proactive / achievers in some form.
  • People who are passionate about making things happen.
  • People who are prepared to step outside their comfort zones.
  • People who are ready to stop thinking and start acting.
  • People who are excited about creating new opportunities in their lives.
  • People who are honest about their excuses and who are prepared to transcend them.
  • People who want to solve problems, create things, work hard, and have an impact.
  • People who are prepared to graft and work hard to turn ideas into exciting realities.
  • People who understand that this process is hard and that it will take time.

Who is this not for?

  • It’s not for dreamers who aren’t prepared to become doers.
  • It’s not for people whose excuses will sabotage any meaningful forward action.
  • It’s not for people who believe that work is something to be endured, not enjoyed.
  • It’s not for people who are hoping for a path that is both quick and easy.

Building a career on your own terms (be it through employment or entrepreneurship) is hard and takes time. After finishing the The Accelerator you will be invited to join the Esc Club (our private community of people seeking to build businesses and careers on their own terms). The Esc Club is your support network for you to achieve your goals over the following months and years.

What if I already know what I want to do with my career?

If you already know what you want to do with your career and you are relatively confident about making it happen then The Accelerator probably isn’t for you – get on and make it happen!

If you have a good idea about what you’d like to do next but you don’t know how to make it happen, you don’t feel confident about executing on your plan at this stage, or you would like a guided path to turning your idea into a reality then The Accelerator may be for you.

If we’ve learned anything over the past six years, it’s that change is much more likely to happen (and will be a lot less lonely) when you’re doing it alongside a group of allies who are on a similar mission. You’ll go much further and sustain much longer with a group.

What if I don't feel ready?

There are two answers to this question:

The first is that you’ll never be ready. We get ready through action. The Accelerator is all about action. People often ask us whether they should delay joining The Accelerator for another 4 months to “figure a few more things out”. Our reply? The course is designed to help you figure those things out. If this is you and you are determined to do something different, don’t delay, fight your desire to be “sorted” / “ready” and get that application in!

The second answer is for people who are at the stage where they’re still wondering whether they really want to do something different with their careers. If you’ve had a bad week / month / year at work but you’re not yet sure what that means for you in terms of direction and decisions – it might be that you should wait until you are determined to do something about your dissatisfaction. The filter here is… are you prepared to make a big transition in 2017? If not, perhaps you’re not ready.

What if I have a full-time job?

The Career Change Accelerator is designed to fit alongside a full-time job.

All the course sessions are on evenings and weekends and you can complete each week’s challenges / homework in 3 hours outside of the session. If you aren’t in a job you are still very welcome on The Accelerator – this simply means you will have more time to give to the process and you may be able to make more progress.

What if I don't live in London?

This is absolutely fine as long as you are able to be in London for all (or almost all) of the sessions. In previous intakes we have had people commute from Austria and Italy for courses and a few North Americans have moved to London to take part as well! We’re sorry that we aren’t able to video Skype people in from other locations. In order for you to get the most out of The Accelerator you’ll really need to be in the room. We are working on expanding Accelerators beyond London.

What if I can't make all the dates?

Please tell us in the application form and, if your application is successful, we can discuss dates during the interview call. If you can attend most of the dates, you will still benefit from The Accelerator (but ideally you would be able to attend them all).

Is this just for corporate professionals?

No. Despite being called Escape the City, our courses aren’t just populated with bankers, lawyers and accountants. Escape the City helps professionals of all backgrounds make brave career transitions. The diversity of these groups is part of their strength. Your industry and experience doesn’t matter, what matters is your attitude and your actions.

Is this just for young people?

There is no age limit on The Career Change Accelerator.

You are welcome whether you are a recent graduate who wants to avoid the conventional career path, a 30-something career professional who wants to explore other career opportunities, or a white-haired wizard who isn’t ready to slow down yet. We have welcomed all of the above on The Accelerator. Diversity of experience and perspective is always a good thing.

Depending on your personal situation, you may feel that your age (or personal finances, or family responsibilities, etc) may constrain you more or less than other people on the course. However, what is exciting about the principles we explore on The Accelerator, is that they are universally applicable. No matter your personal blockers, these are the tools, concepts and skills you need to know about to understand career change and make real moves forward.

What if I think I want to start a business?

It depends how close you are to wanting to start. If you are at the stage that you are interested in learning how to start a business in the short-term and you are prepared to build and launch a product or service over an intensive 10-week period then The Startup Accelerator may be a better fit for you.

If you think you may want to start a business at some stage but realistically it isn’t going to be in the next 3-6 months then you may find that the career change support that you’ll get through The Career Change Accelerator is better suited to helping you to find direction (even if it is entrepreneurial direction!).

Remember that The Career Change Accelerator is designed to support you in creating new employment or self-employment opportunities for yourself – so it may well be that the journey that starts with The Career Change Accelerator could end up with you building a one-person-business, an independent practice, or even a growth business. And you can always do The Startup Accelerator after The Career Change course.

Payment Information

What are my payment options?

Our preferred form of payment is via GoCardless (a UK payments business started by some fellow escapees). On request, you can also pay by bank transfer or credit card.

Up-Front Payments:

The full amount of £1,900, £2,100 or £2,300 (depending on your application date) is required within 48 hours of being offered a place.

Instalment Payments:

Early bird applications (total £2,200) – payment over 4 months
A £1,000 deposit payment is required within 48 hours of being offered a place and – at the same time – a 3-instalment payment plan of £400 will be created (payments are taken on 1st Sept, 1st Oct and 1st Nov).

General applications (total £2,400) – payment over 4 months
A £1,000 deposit payment is required within 48 hours of being offered a place and – at the same time – a 3-instalment payment plan of £467 will be created (payments are taken on 1st Sept, 1st Oct and 1st Nov).

Late applications (total £2,600) – payment over 4 months
A £1,000 deposit payment is required within 48 hours of being offered a place and – at the same time – a 3-instalment payment plan of £533 will be created (payments are taken on 1st Sept, 1st Oct and 1st Nov).

What is your refund policy?

We strongly encourage you not to commit to The Career Change Accelerator if you are not going to be able to prioritise it. We know that life changes but please make sure that your intention is to engage fully if you do accept a place.

Please do be sure before accepting. If we are over-subscribed for places it will be unfair on the people who missed out if you cancel after a few weeks, as it will be too late for someone to take your place.

We have a couple of different fee rates for which the refund quantities vary. Please select the below drop down to read the relevant policy for you.

Extraordinary circumstances (serious illness or bereavement) will be taken into consideration in extreme cases and will be discussed on an individual basis.

Early bird fee - refund policy

EARLY BIRD REFUND POLICY

REFUND SCENARIO #1: You withdraw from The Accelerator between 13th September 2017 & 30th September 2017:

1.1 Up-front payments: £1,000 of your payment will be kept and the rest will be refunded.

1.2. Instalment payments: The £1,000 you have paid so far will be kept, your 1st Sept instalment will be refunded, and the remaining two payments will be cancelled (1st Oct, 1st Nov).

REFUND SCENARIO #2: You withdraw from The Accelerator between 30th September and 4th Nov 2017:

2.1 Up-front payments: £1,300 of your payment will be kept and the rest will be refunded.

2.2 Instalment payments: Your £1,000 and the 1st Sept & 1st Oct 2017 payments will be kept, and the final payment (1st Nov) will be cancelled/refunded.

REFUND SCENARIO #3: You withdraw from The Accelerator on or after 4th Nov 2017:

3.1 Up-front payments: Your payment is non-refundable.

3.2 Instalment payments: Your payment is non-refundable.

Extraordinary circumstances (serious illness or bereavement) will be taken into consideration in extreme cases and will be discussed on an individual basis.

Standard fee - refund policy

STANDARD FEE REFUND POLICY

REFUND SCENARIO #1: You withdraw from The Accelerator before 9th September 2017:

1.1 Up-front payments: £1,000 of your payment will be kept and the rest will be refunded.

1.2. Instalment payments: The £1,000 you have paid so far will be kept, your 1st Sept instalment will be refunded, and the remaining two payments will be cancelled (1st Oct, 1st Nov).

REFUND SCENARIO #2: You withdraw from The Accelerator between 13th September 2017 & 30th September 2017:

2.1 Up-front payments: £1,400 of your payment will be kept and the rest will be refunded.

2.2. Instalment payments: The £1,000 you have paid so far will be kept as well as one instalment payment, the remaining two payments will be cancelled (1st Oct, 1st Nov).

REFUND SCENARIO #3: You withdraw from The Accelerator between 30th September and 4th Nov 2017:

3.1 Up-front payments: £2,000 of your payment will be kept and the rest will be refunded.

3.2 Instalment payments: Your £1,000 and the 1st Sept & 1st Oct 2017 payments will be kept, and the final payment (1st Nov) will be cancelled/refunded.

REFUND SCENARIO #4: You withdraw from The Accelerator on or after 4th Nov 2017:

3.1 Up-front payments: Your payment is non-refundable.

3.2 Instalment payments: Your payment is non-refundable.

Extraordinary circumstances (serious illness or bereavement) will be taken into consideration in extreme cases and will be discussed on an individual basis.

Can I transfer to a later Accelerator intake?

If you decide before 11th September to transfer to a later Accelerator intake, your deposit will be transferrable to your fee payments for that Accelerator. After this date, payments made for September’s intake cannot be transferred to future intakes. Should you wish to transfer to a future Accelerator, your application would be fast-tracked, but your previous payments would not be applied to your fees for the later Accelerator.

Can I transfer to The Startup Accelerator?

It may be possible to switch courses (from Career Change Accelerator to Startup Accelerator, or vice versa) early on in the programme should this be relevant for you, but this can’t be guaranteed. This should be discussed with the course Leader on each programme. After the first 7 days of the programme, switching Accelerators will no longer be possible.

Application Information

Why are we asking for applications?

We are asking for applications for two reasons:

  • To determine whether we can help you – whether this is right for you.
  • To allow you to demonstrate that you are serious about this.

We aren’t judging your quality as a person or how impressive your CV is. We are simply figuring out whether this experience is a good fit for you. We are committed to delivering amazing experiences for the people who join The Accelerator and that starts with finding people who we believe we can really help. It is completely OK if you have a good idea, many ideas or no ideas about where you want to head with your career.

We’re not accepting people based on their skills, experience, credentials, or bullets on a CV. What we are looking for is simply a can-do attitude, a hunger to transition into more fulfilling work, a willingness to take responsibility for your own actions and progression, and the desire to help your fellow course members in their own journey.

This is a two-way assessment. You are figuring out whether The Career Change Accelerator is for you and we are figuring out whether we can help you.

If we feel we can’t help you we would far rather tell you than enrol you on an experience that doesn’t work for you. If this is the case, we will do our best to suggest resources, books, or support that might be more appropriate for you based on your current stage.

How does the application process work?

Step 1Online Application
You apply by completing our short application form – immediately after applying you’ll receive a confirmation email.

Step 2 – Shortlist Decision
You will receive an email from us within a week letting you know whether you have been shortlisted for a phone interview and asking you to book a slot.

Step 3 – Phone Interview
We will give you a call at the agreed time. This is a chance for us to spend 15 minutes together understanding whether your objectives are a good fit for the Tribe.

Step 4 – Place Offer
You will receive an email from us within a week of the call letting you know whether we are able to offer you a place on the Escape Tribe or not.

Step 5 – Your Acceptance
If you are offered a place you will have a short time window to make your payment, confirm your place, and begin preparing for an exciting New Year!

Why is it worth applying early?

Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are submitted. So the earlier you apply, the better your chance of being offered a place.

Are you definitely taking 40 people?

No. We would rather take 30 people who are right for this experience rather than 40 people just to reach capacity. That said, there will be a minimum threshold we need to reach to make this work. You would receive a full refund in the case that the minimum threshold isn’t reached.

What if I am accepted but The Accelerator is already full?

If you are offered a place but The Accelerator is already full, you can pay a deposit to reserve a place on a later intake.

Can I apply with a friend, colleague or partner?

You can definitely apply with a friend or partner but we aren’t able to treat your applications as one. Although we will bear it in mind, we will assess your applications individually and the deadline applies for both of you.

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