Join us for an afternoon & evening of meaningful connections. Meet hiring businesses and join the conversation about the future of work.
Experience an alternative to the ordinary job fair. Connect with growing brands, ask for real advice, join in games and workshops, hear from industry experts and feel inspired to take the next step in your career.
We want to connect you to your next job opportunity.
Because life is too short to do work that doesn’t matter.
We are thrilled to announce our venue – Off Quay.
Situated just 15 minutes from central London, we are taking over a beautiful office floor and transforming it into our home for the day. We thank the team from the Ugly Duck for our venue. They are a small social enterprise that takes disused and unloved spaces in London and puts them back into creative use. We know you will be just as excited as we are to experience it.
The Alternative Career Festival is for those who…
Are looking for a new role.
know what they want to do but need help with the process.
are curious about where the world of work is headed.
are prepared to leave their ego at the door and take part in games, seminars, workshops and more.
feel ready to make a change and are looking for inspiration.
are actively job-hunting for exciting opportunities.
want to learn from industry experts and engage in different conversations.
are committed to doing work that matters and leaving their CV’s at home.
Dates and Information
We will be kicking off the event at 13:00 pm on Thursday the 13th of April for those who want to get a slice on inspiration on their lunch break. We close at 21.30 pm. Choose from one of three timeslots to arrive.
Early bird tickets will be available on Thursday, Feb 16th.
We recommend that you sign up now, as there’ll be exclusive perks on offer from our sponsors for Early Bird ticket holders. Apply below for access to these limited tickets.
Join us from 1 – 9.30 pm to meet and mingle with progressive, hiring companies. Connect with the best brands out there, other job-seekers, influencers, thinkers, community members and the Escape Team.
Join us to experience…
Exclusive workshops tackling big questions.
Ask questions and receive guidance at the advice bar.
Make connections and build relationships.
Mingle with growing brands and progress your career.
Meet B Lab UK
B Lab UK is a UK registered charity, which exists to support a community of UK-based B Corps. We support them to join and contribute to this global movement, linking UK Certified B Corps together with B Corps around the world to use the power of business together to address social and environmental problem.
B Lab UK and Escape the City are collaborating to create a thought-provoking lineup of workshops and speakers throughout the festival. Come and meet the B Lab UK team at our B-Inspired area and learn about how their rigorous assessment is changing the face of business. With 2,059 organisations in 50 countries worldwide signing up to this ethos, it is proof that Different Is Possible. Learn about who these businesses are, what it takes to become certified, the B-Corp Inclusion Challenge and more
Meet our Sponsors
Welcome to Makers Academy. Come and meet the team who are passionate about helping people make a dramatic and sustainable career shift into the world of tech. They will be hosting our Tech Bar, with friendly people ready to answers questions, troubleshoot and share an unmissable competition prize! Register below to find out more.
Makers Academy is a fully immersive, full-time computer programming bootcamp, design to turn people with no knowledge of web-development into job-ready junior developers in just 12 weeks.
Career-Change Competition in partnership with MovingWorlds.
Introducing MovingWorlds our Competition Partner; a social enterprise that is dedicated to helping people find the best place to volunteer their skills around the world. In addition to its open, accessible platform (that you can use on holiday, sabbatical, or gap year), its exclusive MovingWorlds Institute helps high-achieving professionals transition to social good careers.
We are offering career-changers attending the festival the opportunity to enter an exclusive competition to win a travel-expenses-paid Experteer
Enter our competition so you can travel abroad to undertake a project that will challenge and stretch you, make an impact to an organisation that is tackling a problem you care about — all while helping you along your career-change. Escape the City is offering this once in a lifetime opportunity to travel, work, and experience an impact career firsthand… AND we will be offering a cash prize to support your travel costs.
Details on how to apply will be available shortly to ticket holders.. so pick yours up to be in with a chance to win this incredible prize.
Are you coming?
Your hosts: The Connections Team
Stepping through the doors of the festival you will be greeted by an in-house team of escape experts to provide guidance, advice, and support through our workshops and community stage. Come and troubleshoot your blockers, ask questions about startups, learn how to get noticed in your job-search and put faces to names.
The Connections Team
You will have access to the Connections Team at Escape who are experts in the changing landscape of careers and who will combine their talents to help deliver direct value to you on the day.
You can attend talks to hear from a variety of teachers, entrepreneurs and guest speakers with useful advice and deep specialty experience.
You will get to meet our escape alumni community who will share their knowledge about their career change or entrepreneurial journey and help you to learn from their experiences.
We are inviting…
Charities and Social Enterprises
Meet with non-profits large and small and discover where an impact career can take you.
Startups and SME's
Thinking about downsizing? Mingle with young companies as well as more established but small-scale organisations on unqiue missions.
Thinking about culture and personal fulfilment? Meet our Progressive Culture Companies, who are determined to do things differently, inside and out.
Want to exhibit as a company?
We are now accepting applications from our employer community to exhibit at the festival. If you have live roles coming up this year and are a shining example of your Escape Factor then let us know. We have limited space available so we recommend you submit your application as soon as possible to ensure you are considered.