The Mini Escape Tribe

Find Direction & Transition Towards More Fulfilling Work

12 Weeks | 12 Challenges | 12-16 People

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Build a career and life on your own terms.

Together we’ll take small (but powerful) forward steps, grow a vibrant support network, and pursue work that really matters.

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Action

A series of challenges to keep you moving and hold you accountable.

Community

A group of likeminded allies for your journey.

Toolkit

A guided journey to help you make exciting career changes.

What is Mini The Escape Tribe?

This is an intensive experience aimed to accelerate your pursuit of fulfilling work. No classrooms here. This is about learning by doing. It’s about shifting mindset through community. It’s about pursuing work that matters with a small band of likeminded souls.

A Dedicated Tribe Leader

Weekly Tribe Sessions

Solo/Group Challenges

Private Facebook Group

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Q&A Knowledge Forum

Graduate into The Esc Club

Programme Information

Dates

Starts: Mon, 18th January. Ends: Mon, 4th April.

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Commitment

x12 Mondays (6:30-9:30pm), 6 hrs/week (3 in room, 3 at home).

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Applications

Maximum 16 places filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Location

The Escape School, 1 Frederick’s Place, London EC2R 8AE.

Price

£1,495 Discounted to £1,195 for the 1st mini Escape Tribe.
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Questions?

See FAQs below for detailed programme & application info.

Escape Tribe Curriculum 12 Themes, 12 Challenges

Your Escape Tribe Team

Tribe Leader – Adele Barlow

Adele escaped law school to become Escape The City’s first employee as global community manager, and later as Education Director of The Escape School. Adele has since trained as a coach with the British Psychological Society and authored several Escape guides, including 8 Ways to Escape the MBA Debate and Leaving Law: How Others Did It & How You Can Too. Her past work includes Marketing Manager at Virgin Pure, digital content producer for The Career Psychologist and the Huffington Post, and co-founder of yMedia, a social enterprise that produced digital campaigns for charities. She also writes for Huffington Post, Virgin Unite, and on her blog AdeleBarlow.com.

Designed & Supported By The Escape Team

Matt Trinetti Education Design

Janette Kilner Education Design

Rob Symington Co-Founder, Escape The City

Sophie Miller Escape Tribe Leader

Ben Keene Startup Tribe Leader

Tessa Blencowe Storytelling & Design


We’re looking for a small group of people who are…

Tired of jumping through other people’s hoops.

Ready to take back control of their life & career.

Dedicated to the pursuit of more fulfilling work.

Determined to build a career on their own terms.

Sound like you?

The application deadline is Sunday 1st November. Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Have a question? Check out the FAQs below or send Matt an email: matt@escapethecity.org

Some kind words from our past Tribers…

People have graduated from the Escape Tribe over the past 12 months.

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Thought the Escape Tribe was a good investment.

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Feel 'very confident' in making career choices that will bring them more fulfilment.

“You would not believe how much easier it is to change your mindset when you’re surrounded by inspiring, smart, friendly people in a safe space!”

Laura, Barrister (x2 time Triber at The Escape School!)

Laina escaped teaching for her own photography project. “The Tribe helped me to go back to that better version of myself. I realised it is important to dream about the kind of work you want to do. I now approach things differently – I no longer worry about what other people will think of my career move, I find myself connecting and collaborating with people that I never would have done so previously.”

Claire escaped accounts management to become a master of her own time, volunteering and engaging with organisations she is deeply interested in. “The Escape Tribe helped by first exposing my thought routines that stood in the way of me seeing my true potential. Then giving me the persistent nudges to keep on looking at what really got me excited about my place in the world. The more I was forced to look I realised there wasn’t anything standing in my way. It also made me realise that we don’t need to find the answer now, it’s about giving things a try and seeing where they lead.”

Brad escaped corporate London to transition into freelance work to support him while he works on his startup venture.I never realised the power of a group of like minded people and how much of a positive impact they could have on me until I joined the Tribe. I have written poetry, chased tennis balls and some came to nothing, but for the first time in my life I was OK with that.

Matt transitioned from a full-time consulting job to solopreneurship. “Taking action was pivotal for my mindset shift. I shifted from often thinking; “Oh god, what if I fail?” to now thinking, “let’s treat this as one glorious experiment, where I will fail, learn and be okay.” Taking action with the Tribe meant I saw positive outcomes. Taking actions and failing showed me that failure wasn’t ever the catastrophe I anticipated it would be.”

Helen works in Education Policy at the Department for Education and is simultaneously working on her own business idea. “I was fearful of feeling like I was in the wrong Tribe because I quite liked my job. But that wasn’t at all an issue with the Tribe because it was about finding out about yourself (what you value etc) and ways to make progress on other ideas that you have.”

Tarryn escaped social media marketing to go travelling around the world.

Right in the beginning of Tribe I had a few revelations about myself, and how I’d become scared of the unknown. I realised that this was quite a recent thing – and that when I was younger, I was living that Escape reality, but didn’t realise it at the time. It was also a period of extreme happiness! So getting over that fear of non-solid job was a pretty big first step.”

Daisy escaped the charity sector to launch her own innovation consultancy. “My old mindset wanted one big, terrifying leap, not the challenge of many small steps. It was through sharing my inner turmoil with my fellow Tribe members that I found I wasn’t alone. This new mindset of the single step, rather than one giant leap, has given me the confidence to try new things, start new conversations and believe in the potential of myself to create change now.”

Patrick escaped the management consultancy to launch his own business.Previously I would have procrastinated and probably done nothing, now I am very action oriented; I’ve launched my own business, built two websites, and I have also made smaller changes in my life, exercising more and eating healthily which means I’m more energised.

Neelie escaped finance to transition into freelance consultancy.The Tribe really helped me see that there’s so much out there and so many different things to do other than the classic types of jobs and ways people live their lives. I’m now convinced we are part of the early adapters of the way work will be seen in the new world.

“The Escape Tribe profoundly changed my mindset with regard to work, play, and life. I’m unafraid to take on little projects and explore…each one has taught me something new and given me more confidence to continue on my path.”

Ashwin, April 2015 Escape Triber

FAQs & Further Information


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Who is the Tribe for?
The Escape Tribe is for people who believe life is too short to do work that doesn’t matter. But more than this — The Escape Tribe is for doers. Your background, experience, industry, etc doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are up for this. The Escape Tribe 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 Tribe 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 Tribe 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 6 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. Each module in the curriculum has 4 stages:

  1. Pre-reading [before the session]
  2. Workshopping / Building [during the session]
  3. The Challenge [between sessions]
  4. Reflecting / Discussing [at the next session]

The Tribe in summary: Over the course of the Tribe you will work through the 12 modules and undertake the 12 challenges with the support of your Tribe Leader. You will have an Accountability Group of 4-5 people who will support you through all of the doing and learning. You will use your Tribe Guidebook to track your progress. You will be connected together online in a private Facebook group and you will have access to The Tribe Forum (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 Escape Tribe 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 Escape Tribe 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 Escape Tribers. 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). Click here to read more about previous Escape Tribe outcomes & progress.

What does the Tribe Leader do?
Each Escape Tribe has a Tribe Leader. The best people to learn with are escapees, career change coaches, and people who have been through big changes themselves. Escape Tribe 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 Tribe Leader isn’t a teacher (or guru!). The Tribe Leader is your guide for this experience. They will steer you through the Tribe – helping you troubleshoot, problem-solve and brainstorm your way through the challenges. The Tribe Leader is your escape coach. 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.
Why is it called the "mini" Escape Tribe?
The Escape Tribe has two iterations: the full Escape Tribe and the mini Escape Tribe. Over the past 12 months 136 people have either completed, or are in the midst of, the full Escape Tribe at The Escape School. The success of this programme has led us to create an experience which is less time-intensive but with the same objectives and curriculum. How does the mini Tribe differ from the full Tribe?

  • The mini Tribe has 12 sessions, the full Tribe has over 30 sessions.
  • The mini Tribe has max 16 people, the full Tribe has max 50 people.
  • The mini Tribe costs £1,195, and the full Tribe costs £2,500.

The mini Tribe consists of a smaller, more intimate group, with fewer sessions. Both Tribes present people with the tools, community, and challenges to create exciting opportunities for themselves and accelerate the journey toward more fulfilling work. Both Tribes give people ongoing access to The Esc Club (our private community of brave career changers and aspiring entrepreneurs). What if I want to do the full Tribe? That’s absolutely fine! The next intake is in January 2016. If you want to do the full Escape Tribe please just email tribes@escapethecity.org and we’ll send you the relevant information. Or you can click here to find out more.


Tribe Logistics

What are the dates?
  • Session #1 – Monday 23rd November 2015 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
  • Session #2 – Monday 30th November 2015 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
  • Session #3 – Monday 7th December 2015 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
  • Session #4 – Monday 14th December 2015 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)

– Holiday Break –

  • Session #5 – Monday 4th January 2016 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
  • Session #6 – Monday 11th January 2016 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
  • Session #7 – Monday 18th January 2016 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
  • Session #8 – Monday 25th January 2016 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
  • Session #9 – Monday 1st February 2016 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
  • Session #10 – Monday 8th February 2016 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
  • Session #11 – Monday 15th February 2016 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
  • Session #12 – Monday 22nd February 2016 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
What is the weekly schedule?
WEEK #1: GET UNSTUCK (Mon 23rd November) This week, we’ll dive into the psychology of stuckness to identify our individual “blockers” — the real and perceived things stopping us from pursuing more fulfilling work and reaching our potential. We’ll begin small habits and positive moves forward to make space in our lives for a healthy escape. WEEK 2: MINE YOUR PAST FOR CLUES (Mon 30th November) This week, we’ll explore the importance of self-awareness and dive into what makes you, you. We’ll take stock of our past — jobs, careers, likes, dislikes, strengths, superpowers, and skills — to unlock clues to our future. We’ll begin to identify what ingredients of personally fulfilling work are missing in our own lives and careers. WEEK 3: OWN YOUR STORY (Mon 7th December) This week, we’ll identify the unhelpful stories we tell ourselves and begin to uncover potential new narratives to help us move forward. We’ll uncover the building blocks of great storytelling and ways to effectively own our story and tell it to the world. WEEK 4: UNCOVER YOUR VALUES (Mon 14th December) If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there. This week, we’ll aim to uncover our values, explore our personal definitions of success, and gain a better understanding of what truly matters to us. We’ll become more deliberate about our direction of travel and use our values as a compass to guide us. WEEK 5: KICKSTART YOUR CREATIVITY (Mon 4th January) This week, we’ll reconnect with our inherent creativity, embrace our childlike wonder and uncover the power of play. We’ll dive into the power of habits and apply some tactics of artists and creators to help us move forward in our own escape. We’ll identify “imposter syndrome” and ways to confidently move forward despite not having all of the answers. WEEK 6: CHASE YOUR CURIOSITIES (Mon 11th January) This week we’ll embrace the attitude of an explorer and give ourselves permission to run toward new ideas, interests and paths we’re curious about. We’ll uncover the myth of “following your passion” and learn how to generate new ideas and options for ourselves. WEEK 7: HUSTLE WITH HEART (Mon 18th January) This week, we’ll take a look at people who have successfully built 21st Century Careers and distill the principles, traits, and behaviors that work. We’ll define what it means to “hustle,” explore strategies and tactics that work, and begin to create exciting opportunities on our own terms. WEEK 8: EXPERIMENT BRAVELY (Mon 25th January) This week, we’ll begin testing our way into a new career. Much like a scientist, our main objective is to learn. We’ll revisit our direction of travel and begin mini projects and start making “small bets” to learn about the potential paths and careers that interest us. WEEK 9: ACT LIKE AN ENTREPRENEUR (Mon 1st February) This week, we’ll take a page from our Startup Tribe and dive into the principles, characteristics and mindset of successful entrepreneurs. We’ll explore what it means to generously and genuinely create value for others and immediately begin doing so. We’ll introduce tools and tactics to approach your career change like an entrepreneur. WEEK 10: SHINE IN PUBLIC (Mon 8th February) This week, we’ll learn the importance of sharing our value openly and freely with the world. We’ll explore what it means to shine publicly and how we can authentically show and tell the world what we’re capable of. We’ll also dive into the practical and technical aspects of building our own platforms and learn ways to invite others to engage with us. WEEK 11: FIND YOUR TRIBE (Mon 15th February) This week, we’ll also dive into the power of “tribes,” explore the art of building authentic relationships, and begin to unlock opportunities through individuals and communities. We’ll explore the power of the collaboration economy and how by generously helping others we will help ourselves. WEEK 12: ESCAPE INTELLIGENTLY (Mon 22nd February) This week, we’ll dive into the financials, logistics, and nuts & bolts of escaping. We’ll explore what good decisions look like based on what matters to us and where we want to head. We’ll build upon our escape plan and explore the begin saving up for our escape fund. We’ll explore ways to sustain money from skills you already have, explore freelancing, portfolio careers, and generating income in new ways. We’ll also make plans for the next 12 weeks, establish practices to stay in touch, hold ourselves accountable, ensure we keep making small steps forward, and keep our Tribe alive and thriving.
Where is it held?
Our base will be The Escape School (1 Frederick’s Place, London EC2R 8AE). We may hold some sessions in 2016 at other locations in London. These will be within Zone 1 and you’ll receive plenty of advance warning for new locations. Travel costs aren’t included in the Tribe fee.
How much does it cost?
The Mini Escape Tribe costs £1,195. The amount is payable in full before the programme starts. You can pay by GoCardless (our preferred route), bank transfer, or credit/debit card. For more information on payments, refunds, and cancellations please scroll to the bottom of the FAQs.
What is the likely demographic?

Example stats from previous Tribes:

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? Tribes typically cover a diverse range of backgrounds (this is part of their strength). A snapshot of sectors previous Tribers 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.

What is The Esc Club?
At the end of the Escape Tribe 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.

Tribe Wellbeing

How do I take care of myself on the Tribe?
The Escape Tribe 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 Tribe 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 Escape Tribe: 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 Tribe 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 12 weeks. Slow down and take the pressure off when you need to. 4. BUILD IN RECOVERY TIME Although the Tribe 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 Tribe 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 Tribe Leader for more info. These principles can be even more important after the Tribe – 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 Tribe 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 Tribe 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 a Tribe 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 Tribe Leader 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 Tribe?
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 Tribe 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 TRIBE: 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 Tribe?
The ideal Escape Tribe 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 Tribe 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 Escape Tribe you will be invited to join the Esc Club (our private community of people seeking to build businesses and careers on their own terms). If the Escape Tribe is the induction, the accelerator then 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 Escape Tribe 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 Escape Tribe 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 Tribe.
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 Escape Tribe is all about action. People often ask us whether they should delay joining The Escape Tribe for another 4 months to “figure a few more things out”. Our reply? The Escape Tribe 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 2015-16? If not, perhaps you’re not ready.
What if I have a full-time job?
The Escape Tribe is designed to fit alongside a full-time job. All the Tribe sessions are on Monday evenings 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 very welcome on the Tribe – you will have more time to concentrate on what you are building 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 Tribes we have had people commute from Austria and Italy for Tribes 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 Tribe you’ll really need to be in the room. We are working on expanding Tribes beyond London, please fill in this short form to hear more.
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 Tribe (but ideally you would be able to attend them all).
Is this just for corporate professionals?
No. Despite being called Escape the City, our Tribe 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 Escape Tribe. 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 building a business, or a white-haired wizard who isn’t ready to slow down yet. We have welcomed all of the above on the Escape Tribe. 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 Tribe. However, what is exciting about the principles we explore on the Escape Tribe, 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 15-week period then The Startup Tribe 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 Escape Tribe is better suited to helping you to find direction (even if it is entrepreneurial direction!). Remember that The Escape Tribe 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 Escape Tribe 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 Tribe after The Escape Tribe.

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.
What is your refund policy?
When you accept your place on the Escape Tribe, you will be asked to pay the full amount of £1,195 to confirm your enrolment before a certain date. We strongly encourage you not to accept a place on the Escape Tribe if you are not going to be able to make this a priority. 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. You confirm your place on the Escape Tribe by making the full course payment. If you have to cancel before the Escape Tribe starts we will return 80% of the fee. The fee is non-refundable once the course starts. If we have to cancel the Escape Tribe we will of course give you a full refund.

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 Tribe 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 Tribers in their own journey. This is a two-way assessment. You are figuring out whether The Escape Tribe 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 (linked to on this page – see above) – 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 Autumn!
Why is it worth applying early?
Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are submitted. We’re taking no more than 16 into this initial mini Escape Tribe, so the earlier you apply, the better your chance of being offered a place.
Are you definitely taking 12 people?
12-16 people is the ideal group size for this experience. We won’t run the Escape Tribe if we get fewer than 10 people on it. If you have paid for your place and we don’t reach our minimum threshold of 10 people, you will receive a full refund.
What if I am accepted but the Tribe is already full?
If you are offered a place but the Tribe 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.
Any more questions?
If your question wasn’t answered here, please send Matt an email: matt@escapethecity.org.

Join our Mini Escape Tribe this November. 

The application deadline is Sunday 1st November. Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Any more questions? Send Matt an email: matt@escapethecity.org

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