Reinvent your career in 10 weeks
The Career Change Accelerator is a 10-week programme that will help you overcome your fears, find direction, and create exciting new career opportunities for yourself alongside likeminded escapees.
Applications are now closed, but spaces can open up.
***Sign up to the waitlist to be the first to hear if a spot becomes available.***
Ready to do something different?
Maybe you followed the rules: you got good grades, landed a respectable job, and started to work your way through the ranks. As far as everyone else is concerned, you’re ‘successful’. However, you may be finding yourself wondering – is this it?
But you’ll have invested time and energy into your career so far, and it’s not easy to decide to take a different direction. More to the point, what direction should you take? Some people seem to ‘just know’ – for the rest of us, it can feel like a bit of a mystery.
How do you pivot your career? And how do you create exciting opportunities for yourself? Will you have to take a massive step down? What about money? How can you move into an industry you have no experience in?
That’s where The Career Change Accelerator comes in.
The Career Change Accelerator is a 10-week course that will help you find direction, take action and create exciting new career opportunities for yourself. It is designed to give you:
To demystify the career change process
We’ll teach you the Escape curriculum built upon the very best knowledge of prominent career change experts. This involves ways to experiment in new areas & industries to learn about your options. Ensuring you don’t waste time and energy in the long run.
The Escape Toolkit & Mindset
To empower you to take action
Although it takes more than 10 weeks to launch into a dream career, our course will massively accelerate this process. From how to work through the fear of change, to free website platforms for alternative CVs, we’ll equip you with the tools & mindset needed to accelerate your career change.
Accountability & Community
To move from thinking to doing
Making a change alone is hard. But with likeminded peers, strong leaders, experienced mentors and enthusiastic Escapees you’ll have the guidance, support and accountability to start making real changes and maintain the momentum.
Where will you be by the end?
At the end of this experience you will feel full of possibility, you will have reconnected with what really makes you tick, you will see the world and your place in it differently. You will be engaging with ideas, opportunities and people that you can’t even see today.
You will have gained the confidence to take control of your career and change your direction.
You will have learnt new skills to equip you for navigating your way away from your current career.
You will have a new network of allies, friends and collaborators to support you on your new path.
You will have taken stock of your career history and highlighted the ingredients of fulfilling work that are missing for you.
You will have a clearer idea of your value, what you stand for, and how to market yourself in new industries.
You will have an understanding of the top 10 tech tools needed to thrive in a new world of work.
You will have delivered a range of projects that have reconnected you with how fulfilling work can be.
You will have a plan for making active, deliberate choices for yourself going forwards in your work.
You will know how to create opportunities for yourself, not just once but for the rest of your career.
You will have been introduced to a range of exciting entrepreneurial and social impact organisations.
What about specific outcomes?
Everyone’s Escape looks different, but these are the three most common paths we’ve seen from hundreds of graduates.
You may have found a new job in an organisation whose values resonate with yours.
You may be setting yourself up as a contractor, freelancer or independent consultant.
Or you may even have a plan to build your own venture and be taking your first steps.
We will provide an abundance of support and encouragement for you to identify a new direction or directions and start creating opportunities for yourself. Ultimately, however, the path is made by walking and you will need to take responsibility for your outcomes. How far you get in this period is up to you.
Our alumni stories
Billie used to work in an IT & Business Consultancy in London where she craved a better working culture and more purpose. She’s now a member of Zinc VC – a social impact tech accelerator.
“‘Edge challenges’ were also a huge help – they’ve led to a series of events that I would never have done before. By starting easy and only venturing slightly outside of my comfort zone I am now able to go further than I was ever able to.” Read Billie’s story.
Julie used to work as a Social Media Manager in London until she decided to take the leap and start her own business WeSleep.
“Before I escaped, I was a senior media executive navigating politics, pressures, overtime and restructures for over 12 years. I felt undervalued, unfulfilled, not living my full potential, depleted, and stifled. To make matters worse, I felt completely unsure of how to begin exploring alternative professions, or how to progress my career in a way that could bring more happiness to my work and life.” Read Julie’s story.
Adrian escaped over 4 years as a tech consultant to join a non-for-profit organisation called One Acre Fund, in Malawi.
“This evening I’ll be participating in a leadership vision and goals-setting retreat for my new organisation. I’ll be setting the targets, the broader direction for the organisation, and the metrics by which to measure our success. One of my key aims post-Escape was to work in an impactful role for an organisation I was proud to be a part of, and here I am.” Read Adrian’s story.
Lamia has a background in management consulting and is now illustrating a children’s book, pursuing her passions and making waves.
“The prospect of a ‘career’ felt long and dreary. I was feeling far removed from any of the passions I had when I was younger and felt too frightened to do anything differently. I also had no idea what else I could do – no idea what else was out there. I was so afraid that I wouldn’t feel excited about anything, and I really didn’t want to disappoint my family members – I had what we all deemed ‘a good job’.” Read Lamia’s story.
Lily previously worked in corporate sales, she left to find somewhere where she could grow, learn, and contribute professionally. She’s now the Co-Founder of Y.O.U Underwear – ethical underwear and lifestyle brand for men and women.
“The hardest part is the not knowing and all the self-doubt that comes with it. Is the right thing? You’ll stress about the money. Why have I made life harder for myself etc.?” Read Lily’s story.
What you’ll learn
Over the course of 10 weeks, you will be guided through a learning by doing experience exploring 12 key principles. The curriculum is outcome focused, where knowledge is quickly translated into action, accelerating your career change.
Designing Your Life
Assess your skills, strengths & experiences.
Mindset & Resilience
Build psychological resilience for career transition or entrepreneurship.
Values & Direction
Understand what matters to you & why.
Confidence & Creativity
Enlarge your sense of what you are capable of, become an idea machine.
Building Your Toolkit
Think differently & uncover new paths for yourself.
Make choices based on your definition of success.
Experimentation & Projects
Find your new path by doing, not by thinking.
Storytelling & Bravery
Own your story and share it with the world.
Escaping The Smart Way
Reputation & Platforms
Show (don’t tell) the world what you can do.
Networks & Community
Unlock opportunities through meaningful relationships.
Find & create opportunities on your terms.
Manage your way through career change logistics: finances, responsibilities, and escape the smart way.
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Dates & location
Next intake: 3rd February – 14th April
During this time you will be required every Tuesday evening for 10 weeks (6:30 – 09:30 pm), as well as the following weekend days (10am- 6pm):
- 3rd & 4th Feb: Saturday & Sunday (Kickoff Weekend)
- 24th Feb: Saturday
- 10th Mar: Saturday
- 17th Mar: Saturday
- 14th Apr: Saturday (Demo day & celebration)
The Course is designed to fit around full-time employment.
All The Accelerator sessions will take place at Work.Life Bermondsey, 5 Tanner St, London, SE1 3LE.
Our course fee is payable upfront or in instalments spread over 4 months.
**Applications have closed but spaces can become available. Join the waitlist to hear more.**
(No payments will be requested until you’ve chatted with a member of our team, and confirmed the course is a good fit for you.)
Your fee includes
10 x 3-hour evening workshops: during our course sessions you’ll have face to face time with our experts as they guide you through the fundamentals of assessing your career to date, getting clarity on your options, and experimenting in new areas.
Kickoff Bootcamp: during our full weekend (Saturday & Sunday) from 10-6pm, we’ll dive straight into the course and start connecting with each other.
Online resources: the course is supported via access to our online content where all material and resources live.
4 x Saturday workshops (10-5pm): our full day sessions allow more in-depth workshops to provide a deeper dive into teaching tools, one-to-one mentoring and time spent getting the work done and taking action to move into new areas of work.
One-on-one mentoring: you’ll have access to regular check-ins with your Course Leaders and mentors every week throughout the course.
Demo Day: a chance to share your experience to date with the group and present your plans going forwards.
Your leadership team
Our educational excellence is a community effort. When you learn at Escape, you can always rely on an in-house team of experts to provide guidance and support, whenever you need it.
You will have two course leaders who have credible track records in successful career change, entrepreneurship, career coaching & group facilitation.
You will frequently hear from a variety of entrepreneurs, experts and guest teachers with useful advice and deep specialty experience.
You will get to meet alumni, successful escapees, coaches, and entrepreneurs to learn from their experiences and get their help with your transition.
The Escape Club
Your journey isn’t over after 10 weeks…
After completing the course, you’ll graduate into The Escape Club, a private network for Alumni of our London and New York courses. Full of brave Escapees, ambitious career changers, and aspiring entrepreneurs, this community will support you as you continue your journey.
Structured tools for connecting with each other online and offline
Optional weekly Escape gatherings, as well as bigger retreats and festivals
Exclusive introductions to, and connections with, Escape employers
Ongoing access to all Escape materials and other information
Inspiration from successful Escapees and a platform to share your progress
Click below to find all our Career Change Accelerator frequently asked questions, including:
- Who is The Accelerator for?
- What if I already know what I want to do with my career?
- What if I can’t make all the dates?
- Is it just for corporate professionals?
- Is this just for young people?
- How does the application process work?