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Escape the City

Escape the City

Escape the City

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Escape the City

London, United Kingdom

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Escape is a global career change community for people who want to do work that matters to them. We help talented and ambitious people start businesses, change careers or find exciting and new opportunities. Join us in building a future where work powers a happier and more sustainable world. Now also in New York -

About Us

Escape the City was born seven years ago in London where Rob, Dom and Mikey were working in the heart of the corporate world - 'the City'. Two management consultants and a banker. They realised the conventional path wasn’t for them.
Bored and ambitious - they were looking for something different, but were struck by how hard it was to make the leap. Where were all the genuinely viable and exciting alternatives? Most of their friends were struggling with the same challenge: "If not this, then what?"

Six months later they’d quit their corporate jobs and were beavering away in Rob’s basement looking for interesting jobs to populate their weekly Top 10 Opportunities email. People loved it. They were on to something.

Seven years on and that email list now has well over a quarter of a million members. But it’s only a tiny bit of what Escape does. Escape is a global career change community for people who want to do work that matters to them. We’re helping the world wake up to what work should look like. We do this in 4 ways:

1. We help people make the shift, with an opportunites board and community programmes/events
2. We host community spaces so people can meet and support each other
3. We collaborate with people thinking the same way to drive the conversation forward
4. We work to be the change we wish to see by operating in a progressive way and sharing this with other organisations.
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Our Mission

Our mission is simple. To wake up the working world.
We want to help talented and ambitious professionals escape unfulfilling corporate jobs. All our lives we're shown a very narrow field of career paths. We're all told to be bankers, accountants, lawyers or consultants, and which big firms we should be aspiring to work for. But never are we asked what's right for us as individuals. 
We are solving a big problem, one that matters to nearly every ambitious person who cares what their memoirs will say one day, and what lessons they will pass on to their children. We are giving people visibility of the opportunities, organisations, people and resources that they never knew existed. Life is too short to do work that doesn't matter to you. 
Our vision is a world where work powers a happier and more sustainable future - where the importance of people and the planet is balanced with profit. This community is waking the world up to a different way of working, by proving that it really is possible. Join us.


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Our story so far

We’ve grown our membership to over 250 000 members worldwide and listed opportunities for over 3500 organisations in the past 6 years. We've helped thousands of people find work they actually love, start businesses and go on life changing adventures.
We've expanded into New York City and taken our life changing programmes with us. Run countless events and grown our team to over 25.
We turned down investment from one of world's top VC firms because we wanted to build an independent business and stick to our ethos of 'do something different'. In only 10 days we crowd-funded £600,000 investment from our wonderful members. We have been interviewed on TV and radio, and featured in The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, FT, Wired, Forbes, Fast Company, BusinessWeek, CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, the Huffington Post, and many more publications.
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Life @ Escape - Role modeling the change

Esc HQ is a fun and relaxed place to work. We're a growing team with shared ambitions to build something remarkable. We’re a friendly bunch with a range of different backgrounds, an international vibe and an entrepreneurial spirit. We focus on outputs so we’re happy to offer escape employees a flexible working environment, where people often work from home, the beach or up a mountain.
That said, office life tends to be a lot of fun so people often spend their days at HQ. Whether you run, cycle or commute in, there’s always a hot cup of tea waiting for you. Team mates will gather for lunch and there is plenty of socialising in the evenings at the Escape honesty bar. 
By becoming a genuinely progressive organisation, focusing on team first. This means reflecting the values of feeling alive at work within our own organisation - so that we are the change we wish to see, and can role model and share with other orgs.
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