A quarter of a million of corporate professionals are escaping their jobs. And they’re running to us. Here’s why. Our new study reveals why job dissatisfaction is so high and why the future is all about The 21st Century Career.

want to have a clearer sense of purpose in their career

have experienced negative physical or mental health issues as a result of their current job

would like to make more of a social impact through their work

What is The 21st Century Career?

Our Recent Findings


We surveyed 1000 professionals in order to diagnose job dissatisfaction. Download the full report here for insights into job dissatisfaction and key trends at the core of the shift in the way we work.


Read our open letter to corporates warning them of the scale of job dissatisfaction and letting them know what the 21st Century careerist really want. Download the letter here, or access it via Medium here.


10 Reasons Why People Are Escaping Your Company – We’ve pulled out the most interesting stats from our survey and put them into one snazzy infographic.


Based on +200,000 members on Escape the City, we pulled together a list of the Top 10 Companies people want to escape, and which organisations they want to join.


Read case studies of professionals that are daring to buck the trend and build careers on their own terms. Read them here.


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21st Century Careerists

These individuals embody the 21st Century Career and have all made brave transitions of their own.

Jo Living

Jo Living

Escaped from Investment Banking to Social Enterprise

Jo was working at a global Investment Bank in London, but feeling a bit uninspired and disillusioned with it all. She attended an Escape The City event called “How to launch a career in social enterprise”. It was co-hosted by an organisation called On Purpose, who run a 1 year leadership programme structured around 2x 6 month work placements with training, networking opportunities and mentoring.

She was accepted onto the scheme, and 1 year later was presenting at the same Esc event, sharing her story.

Andre Peschar

Andre Peschar

Escaped from Consulting to become Program Director of Sri Lankan NGO

After six years of HR management consultancy, he was making plans to escape the corporate world to a world where he could actually contribute to something more meaningful. And creative. And entrepreneurial.

He found a role as the ‘Program Director for a Turtle Conservation Project in Sri Lanka’ on Esc… It ticked all of his boxes: entrepreneurial setting, creating sustainable solutions, making a direct impact on a local level and the possibility to use his creativity.

Ben Harper

Ben Harper

Escaped from Accountancy to Solar Energy in Zambia

In January of this year Ben would spend his evenings dreading the next day and the thought of going back to work. He had been working for KPMG for six years and it dawned on him that there was no one more senior in the office whose life he wanted. He signed up to Escape the City and made an oath to change his life.

He is now in Zambia following a three month volunteering stint with Zamsolar, and has accepted the role of CFO as the company expands into other sub-Saharan countries.


Pippa Murray

Pippa Murray

Escaped the London Science Museum to launch her own nut-butter brand, Pip & Nut

After working in London at the London Science Museum for a few years, Pippa wanted to do something different. Pippa entered Escape the City’s ‘Escape to the Shed’ competition and won. She packed her life up and moved into a shed in Escape the City’s back garden to save money so she could launch her healthy nut butter business, Pip & Nut. Pippa is now stocked in Selfridges and other retail outlets. She successfully crowdfunded on Crowdcube and is rapidly expanding her team and business. 

Jamie Bezencenet

Jamie Bezencenet

Escaped stock broking to launch his own wine business

Jamie was a stock broker working in the City when he saw the ‘lastminute.com spontaneity champion’ competition posted on Escape the City, in August 2013 he won and quit his job. He spent a year traveling and spending lastminute’s money whilst writing about his adventures. Once the competition finished in January 2015 he ran out of money and went back into stock broking but started Escape the City’s Startup Tribe.


In early August Jamie launched his own brand of rosé wine called Guns ‘N Rosé. He has handed in his notice at work (again), and will thus be going full time with entrepreneurial endeavours.

Emma Rogers

Emma Rogers

Escaped from PR to become an Airbnb Community Manager

Emma had been working in PR for 7 years and was really ready for a change but wasn’t sure exactly what. Emma felt inspired by the stories and opportunities at Escape the City. She applied for a community management role at Airbnb and she got the job!

She is now an advocate for escaping and constantly encourages her friends to do so.

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