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Are you wanting to explore a different kind of work life? Or do work that feels more meaningful?

Join host Jacqui Ooi as she talks to women across Australia about their inspiring career change stories and what they’ve learned that might help other women.

Whether you want to redesign your career in some way or completely change industries, these stories are for you.

We hope you hear something in these conversations that inspires your next move.


Kris McKee | In bloom

In this episode, we talk to Kris McKee to find out how she moved into floristry to fulfil her creative dreams, after starting her career in nursing. Kris now runs her own floral design business in Sydney.

Malini Raj | Making an impact

In this episode, we talk to Malini Raj to find out how she moved into the social impact space, after starting her career in investment banking. Malini is currently Head of Community Engagement at a large bank, a director on several boards and an advocate for diversity and inclusion.

Steph Jacobs | Working with kids

In this episode, we talk to Steph Jacobs to find out how she discovered her happy place in early childhood, after starting her career in HR. Steph is currently an allied health assistant working with neurodivergent children.

Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane | Life after sport

In this episode, we talk to Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane to find out how she made the leap to the mental health field, after retiring from her first career as an elite swimmer. Anna-Liza is an accredited counsellor, speaker and Olympian.

Melissa Di Marco | Tea master

In this episode, we talk to Melissa Di Marco to find out how she built an inspiring business in the fascinating world of tea, after starting her career as a hairdresser. Melissa is the founder of award-winning tea brand TeaEsk.

Evie Farrell | Finding freedom

In this episode, we talk to Evie Farrell to find out how she created a life and career of travel with her daughter, after starting out in corporate PR. Evie is the founder of Mumpack Travel and Mumpack Trips.

BONUS: Ready to reskill?

In this episode, we talk to Kathy Garabelli from Swinburne Online about career change trends and her expert tips for women who want to upskill or reskill to start a new career.

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