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:
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
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
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.
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.
Everyone’s Escape looks different, but these are the three most common paths we’ve seen from hundreds of graduates.
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.
Some of the changes our recent grads have made include:
- Privacy & personal data protection consultant > catering & freelance consulting
- Publishing, CTO, Compliance Online > consulting in digital marketing & project management
- Corporate communications > new role in the sports industry
- Management consulting > 3 days a week in a start-up & 2 days a coaching business
- Fintech, marketing director, OFX > freelancing with little startups
- Corporate sales, IT and business consultancy in finance > social enterprise projects
- Banking, Associate Relationship Manager, Lloyds > COO of the media side of a small hospitality media company
- TV Production > eco fashion consultancy
- Civil service (ministry of defence) & geography teaching > Senior Digital Product Manager at Not On The High Street
- Teaching > website development
- Media > writing comics & directing theatre plays
- Solicitor > photographer, adventurer, & motivational speaker
- Sales & BD > university researcher
- Sports journalist > entrepreneur
- Construction project management > coaching, building a women’s community, & writing
- Corporate marketing > coaching & psychology
- Financial services > social media management & website development for small businesses
- Finance in a global corporate > working for a startup
- Security & Political Risk Analyst > working for a handwritten marketing startup
- Marketing > travelling the world as a Programme Leader
- Oil industry > horticultural therapist
Don previously worked as head of UK comms for a global finance firm, he’s now a freelance PR consultant, standup comedian, and writer.
“I had not expected the strong team spirit of the group, which was pretty diverse in terms of age and backgrounds… I have had better conversations during the three months of it than during the rest of the year… In both my personal and professional lives people commented that I seemed more relaxed and happy since the course began. Personally, I feel more positive generally and more confident about exploring new opportunities than I did.” Read Don’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.
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
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 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.
Joe was a commercial property lawyer, he felt miserable but trapped because he’d made a failed attempt to Escape before. He now works for a socially minded organisation running co-working spaces & has a number of side projects he’s experimenting with.
“I spent time speaking to people and almost reinventing myself as the person I felt I was, rather than the person I’d had to be up until that point.” Read Joe’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.
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
Mindset & Resilience
Values & Direction
Confidence & Creativity
Building Your Toolkit
Experimentation & Projects
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
Find & create opportunities on your terms.
People have graduated from our Escape School programmes.
Thought our career change programme was a good investment.
Would recommend the programme to a friend.
Next intake: 12th May – 17th July
- 12th & 13th May – Kickoff weekend
- Sat 2nd June
- Sat 16th June
- Sat 30th June
- Sat 14th July – Demo Day
The Course is designed to fit around full-time employment.
All The Accelerator sessions will take place at:
5 Tanner St
No payments will be requested until your application has been reviewed and you’ve chatted with a member of our team.
Your fee includes:
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.
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.
Head of the Escape School – Skye has helped hundreds of people escape their jobs and start new careers and businesses through Escape the City, Startup Britain, and Young Enterprise. Her superpowers include: helping people understand their values, skills and career options, standing out from the crowd in the job market, and hacking career projects together in a very short amount of time.
Career Change Accelerator Co-Leader – since escaping Consultant Management for IBM, Matt has spent the last 5 years as a facilitator, writer, publisher, and speaker helping people work purposefully. Matt helped found The Escape School in 2014 and has since helped hundreds find a new career direction and move into new areas of work.
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
Exclusive introductions to, and connections with, Escape employers
Inspiration from successful Escapees and a platform to share your progress
- 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?