Not sure where to start?

In helping thousands of people escape into more fulfilling work, we’ve noticed a handful of common questions and obstacles which stop people from making a change, no matter how much they want to.

To combat this, we’ve created a free guide covering the top 5 steps to tackle these questions head on:

Make Your Escape: 5 steps to kickstart your career change

Looking for your next job? 

You followed the rules: you got good grades, landed a graduate job, and started to work your way through the ranks. As far as everyone else is concerned, you’re ‘successful’. But, if you’re like the hundreds of thousands of people who have joined the Escape community, you’re finding yourself wondering – is this it?

We believe work doesn’t need to be a 9-5 slog, and that you don’t have to live for the weekend. Escape was born out of the idea that life is too short to do work that doesn’t matter to you. The world of work is changing, and more people – and organizations – are waking up to this idea.

Of course, the tricky part is finding a role that fits your skills, passions, and values – which is where we come in.

You might be thinking:

  • This sounds like a pipedream. Is doing work I love realistic?
  • Will I have to take a giant pay cut or a massive step down?
  • Is there really anything out there for me, or am I destined to always be a square peg in a round hole?
  • I want to do something totally new – how do I get a job in a different industry, with no relevant experience?
  • How can I land a job with a progressive organization? What should my CV look like and how can I stand out from the crowd?
  • It’s a big risk to take. How can I know what I’m getting myself into?

That’s why we built the Escape Accelerator. 

Objectives

The Escape Accelerator is a 12-week career change program that will help you find direction, take action and create exciting new career opportunities for yourself. It is designed to give you:

A support network

Move from thinking to doing

Gain momentum surrounded by ambitious, likeminded individuals making brave changes in their lives. Plus you’ll have access to hand-picked mentors + peer accountability groups meeting each week to help you make progress.

Tools

Demystify the career change process

Escape Trained expert leaders will help breakdown the process for you, helping you to build the skills you need to make a change. You’ll also have access to tools that thousands of people have used to make change in their lives.

Empower you to take action

Embrace a growth mindset

Although it takes more than 12 weeks to build a business or launch into a dream career, the Escape program will massively accelerate this process, equipping you with the tools & mindset needed to take forwards as you continue to build.

Your Outcomes

By the end of the Escape Accelerator you will:

Land at least 1 new career opportunity for yourself in your area of interest.

Have taken stock of your career history and highlighted the ingredients of fulfilling work that are missing for you.

Build a personal portfolio to effectively showcase yourself to potential employers.

Build a 6-month Escape Roadmap with milestones and actions to navigate your Escape.

Spearhead a project with a progressive organization to solve a real world problem.

Be a lot clearer on your “blockers” — the things that are keeping you stuck.

Get real feedback from pitching yourself to exciting brands and purpose-driven organizations looking to hire.

Derisk your Escape by building a financial transition plan and Escape Fund.

Earn side income using your current skills.

Learn the nuts and bolts of freelancing and how to start your own business.

Understand the top 10 tech tools needed to thrive in a new world of work.

Have developed a robust entrepreneurial mindset and resilient habits.

What You Will Learn

Over the course of 12 weeks, you will be guided through a learning by doing experience. The curriculum is outcome focused, where knowledge is quickly translated into action, accelerating your career change.


Read the curriculum outline

Module 1: Demystifying Career Change & The Future of Work
Learn the top career change myths that keep people stuck, strategies to address them, and how to adapt in an evolving landscape of work.

Module 2: Career & Life Audit
Examine your career and life to-date to get clearer on your strengths, values, interests, skills, and your personal definition of success.

Module 3: Derisk Your Escape
Build a safety net for your journey ahead by understanding financial planning best practices, auditing your finances, and learn how to transition intelligently.

Module 4: Master the Art of The Hustle
Learn how to create extreme value for new people and organizations, build authentic relationships with hard to reach people, and get noticed in a noisy world.

Module 5: Act Like an Entrepreneur
Learn how to become an “idea machine,” plus strategies to launch new ideas for projects cheaply and quickly into the world – whether it’s for yourself or an organization you want to impress.

Module 6: Generate Income With Your Existing Skills
Take stock of your current transferable skills and market them in a compelling way to new employers to generate income streams as you transition.

Module 7: The Top 10 Tech Tools to Thrive in the 21st Century
Harness free and cheap technologies to promote your skills and connect with people all around the world to create new opportunities for yourself.

Module 8: Negotiating What You’re Worth
Build confidence and clarity on your skills and strengths, pitch yourself to land new opportunities on your own terms and negotiate new projects at a rate you’re worth.

Module 9: Freelancing 101
It’s estimated 50% of the workplace will be freelancers by 2020. Learn how to thrive as a freelancer, find and secure paying clients, and diversify your income to give yourself more freedom.

Module 10: Marketing Yourself in the 21st Century
Demonstrate your value to potential employers, learn how to creatively communicate your transferable skills and tell your story in a compelling way.

Module 11: Solve a Real-World Problem
You’ll work with a progressive organization to launch a project solving a real world problem – giving you relevant experience, and access to your new professional network.

Module 12: Build Your Escape Roadmap
Build a 6-month Escape Roadmap with milestones and next step actions to navigate your Escape and sustain yourself through the transition.

Demo Day:
On Demo Day you’ll have the opportunity to pitch yourself to progressive and purpose-driven organizations who are looking for talent just like you.

Explore Success Stories

Ashley

Ashley escaped 15 years working in the film industry as a producer, to founding her own company Do Good Films, creating videos and films with impact.

Krystal

Krystal escaped her Chief Marketing Officer role to become a motivational speaker, producer and author of her book What The Hell Am I Supposed To Do With My Life?!.

Mo

Mo Ramchandani escaped software development to consult and coach on software products and run the outdoor adventures he’s always wanted to – including rock climbing and snowboarding.

Plus exclusive access & benefits

Private pitch session with progressive, purpose-driven employers looking to hire.

Access to our network of progressive employers, exciting brands, and entrepreneurs.

Discounted access to co-working space.

1-on-1 coaching and guidance from Escape mentors.

Discounts to Escape events in NYC.

Discounts to specialty courses (tech, digital marketing, etc).

Discounts on tech tools (website builders, payment processing, etc).

Who is this for?

This is for you if you…

think you know the direction you want to head in but need help with the process.

have been traditionally ‘successful’ in your career but are determined to make a change.

are prepared to operate outside of your comfort zone to create new opportunities.

are prepared to change the way you see the world of work in order to change your place in it.

are honest about your excuses, strengths, and weaknesses, and are prepared to transcend them.

want to solve problems, create things, work hard, and have an impact.

are prepared to graft and work hard to become excellent at something.

Who is this not for?

This is not for you if…

aren’t up for putting in the time, and are waiting for all of the information before you act.

want to start a full-time business (check out our Idea Accelerator + Startup MBA weekend).

aren’t willing to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things that are sometimes challenging or uncomfortable.

external symbols of success are more important to you than finding ways to do work that is meaningful and fulfilling.

believe that work is something to be endured rather than enjoyed.

you aren’t willing to face up to your excuses and attempt to overcome them.

are expecting a quick fix, and for someone to give you all of the answers.

“I feel like I have a really solid framework to resurrect my Escape, which had stalled slightly over the past year due to a lack of direction and confidence. There are so many tools that I have picked up and a really diverse group that I feel I can turn to for motivation. I feel the alumni network will be invaluable over the coming months/years.”

Victoria

“I think when it comes to investing in personal development, it always feels like value for money if you come away with changed perceptions, new motivations and new friends. Escape’s Program got gold stars for all these categories!!”

Emily

“Such a good investment. I’ve made friends for life as we all share a common goal and mindset. It’s refreshing to know that people are on the same wave length as me and get where I’m going from. The Escape Program has not only helped me to build a fulfilling career- but has touched others parts of my life too and given me the tools & encouragement for exploring personal development, which will enrich my life for ever. One of the best experiences ever and I’m so glad I did it!”

 Gabrielle

“Totally worth every penny. Would have paid a lot more over the course of many years for different types of things that wouldn’t have given the same unified effect.“

Juju

“I think the tribe was excellent value for money. I was considering a career coach at one stage (might still consider in future) but I think there is so much more one can gain from a group experience and getting exposure to different career coaches/experts and inspiring people, rather than just working with one person.”

Louanne

Dates

The next Escape Accelerator takes place: Fall 2017

Limited number of participants.

Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. Sign up to the waitlist early to avoid disappointment.

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Your Escape NYC 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.

Program Leaders

You will have two program leaders who have credible track records in successful career change, entrepreneurship, career coaching & group facilitation.

Qualified Experts

You will frequently hear from a variety of entrepreneurs, experts and guest teachers with useful advice and deep specialty experience.

Experienced Mentors

You will get to meet alumni, successful escapees, coaches, and entrepreneurs to learn from their experiences and get their help with your transition.

Graduate into The Escape Club

Your journey doesn’t finish after 3 months. It’s only just beginning. After the course you’ll graduate into The Escape Club. A group of 1000+ people on the same journey as you.

The Escape Club is a private network for all Alumni at Escape. We are full of brave escapees, ambitious career changers, & aspiring entrepreneurs. Building a career on your own terms takes time. This community is here to support you throughout your journey.

Support

Ongoing access to all program materials & other information

Stories

Community stories & the ability to showcase your progress

Events

Monthly alumni gatherings and bigger retreats & festivals

Connections

Structured ways of connecting with each other online

Opportunities

Introductions to and connections with Escape employers

FAQs

In this short video, we answer some of your most frequently asked questions:

  • What does the Escape Accelerator program curriculum involve?
  • You interview people during the application process. What types of things are you looking for?
  • What type of people join the Escape Accelerator program?
  • What are the dates/times of the program?
  • How do you measure success of your alumni?
  • How have these programs helped people/ whats the most impactful aspects in your opinion?
  • What are the benefits of being an Escape Club member?

For more information please refer to our comprehensive FAQs…

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