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If you're getting nowhere with your shift, there's a good chance you've got yourself into a 'monkey trap'. Natasha explains what on earth a monkey trap is, how to tell if you're in one, and how to get unstuck.

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“I'd always wanted something more creative.”

Ste Taylor was ready to jump with both feet into a more fulfilling, engaging career. Here's why he pivoted from his first plan, and how a tough decision got him moving more quickly towards work he loves.

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After graduating, Grace fell into what seemed like an exciting career. But years later, an energy-sapping work environment and a lack of future prospects have left her feeling completely demotivated. When your confidence has disappeared, how do you pick yourself up again, and prepare for something new?

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“I was bored. There had to be a more rewarding career out there for me.”

Karen Hayward was stagnating in her role. Then, a colleague inspired her to aim higher. After juggling home, work and retraining, she proved to her firm that she was worth the risk and secured their support. Here, she shares how it was difficult, and why it's all been worth it.

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“I felt stifled, and dreaded each day.”

With two generations of her family relying on her income, making a career change was a scary prospect for Megha Murphy. Here, she shares the careful planning that went into her shift, and how, ultimately, the biggest obstacle she had to deal with was fear itself.

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You want inspiration, drive, energy, and contentment at work: a career you can be proud of and a life you love. There's just this one little thing you need to find first… Or is there? Natasha shares why the biggest buzzword of the career change world might be exactly what's keeping you stuck, and the three things you should be seeking instead.

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Haywood always longed for a creative career, until life – and other people’s expectations – took over. Now, after years of hard work, he’s a corporate success who inspires pride in the people he loves. But the 9–5 isn’t him, and he longs to give it all up. How do you change course, when it means disappointing those closest to you?

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“Overcoming doubt is hard, but once you decide to just do it – that's when it gets exciting.”

Adam Groffman had trodden the 'expected' path after university. But a weekend in Reykjavik taught him that he didn't have to follow the herd – he could design his own working life, on his own terms. Find out how he created a bespoke career that combines his passions, and how it's working out for him four years on.

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“By Saturday evening I'd already be dreading my return to work on Monday.”

Nena Foster longed to do something more creative – and with greater flexibility to fit around her family. Though she initially had no idea what else she could do, she followed her love of food, and she's now pulled together a multi-stranded career she's proud of. Here's how she's done it.

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“What had I made in the last decade of my career? Did any of it still even exist?”

Lori Richmond's fast-paced career was exciting, but she never had anything to show for all her hard work. And then a night class reignited a long-dormant passion... Here's how Lori took a measured, step-by-step approach into a new career she knows will last, and how it's working out three years on.

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