New Year, New You — Who’s Missing?

Big life changes rarely happen in isolation

The key hurdle to changing jobs

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

A cartoon from the New Yorker

Millennials believe it is all down to them

The limitations of the individual route

Group accountability

“It’s a very complex experience. It’s a life-changing experience… I was very happy to find a tribe with a similar mindset.”

Our wonderful careers team

Professional emotional support

Dana, our Chief Joy Officer

“It’s not many times that you find yourself in the position I was in by March 2017. Fired from a job with no clue how to get into the sector that I had studied for, it was hard not to panic. Leaving Groupon was not only painful but deflating. For the first time, I felt that I had truly failed at a job and not mastered the challenge it presented. The feeling was one that can best be described as ‘little boy lost’.”

A promised outcome

“Amongst all of this, I was also interviewing for the Guardian’s 2018 Digital Fellowship scheme which, I’m delighted to announce, I will be joining in October!

It’s really quite remarkable to reflect on how much I’ve learned over the last few months, and how quickly it’s been possible to make what feels to me like a pretty radical career change.

I left my old job during a week of glorious weather at the start of May, and this apparently never-ending summer is still going strong now as I enjoy my first days off since before the course began. It definitely hasn’t been easy, and I’ve worked harder and more consistently than ever before, but I have no regrets at all.”

Who do you need to create the New You?

At Makers, we do a one-month PreCourse. The next one starts on November 26th.

Writing stories (www.adelebarlow.com) and helping companies tell theirs (www.copyand.co)