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Welcome to our new Stories section – your go-to for career change tips, inspiration, resources and more!

Learn from the career change experiences of other women, and hear what career experts have to say.

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5 career change traps to watch out for

Making a career change can be a messy journey. But knowing some of the traps to watch out for can make the whole process much more enjoyable (and a lot less stressful!).

Claire’s story: How I found myself in music

For Claire Tonti, leaving her first career as a primary school teacher to become a pioneer in the podcasting world was a big leap. Now she’s transitioned into music and songwriting, and has just released her first album. This is her career change story.

Looking for a female-friendly workplace?

Dee Egan is on a mission to make workplaces better for women. That’s why she created HerWerk as a platform for women to (anonymously) rate and review their employers. Here’s how it works.

Kate’s story: How a tree change sparked a career change

When Kate Dezarnaulds upped sticks from her big-city life in Sydney to move to the South Coast of NSW, it was the start of a whole new career chapter. Now as the founder of WorkLife, she is building her own brand of fun, creative coworking spaces. This is her career change story.

Should you work for yourself or someone else?

More women are choosing to work for themselves, but how do you know if it’s right for you? Career changer Jacqui Ooi shares what she’s learned from stepping out on her own, and interviewing many women who’ve made similar moves on the What She Did Next podcast.

Career change tips from women who’ve made the leap

If you’re just getting started on your career change journey, or you’re stuck in indecision or fear (both very normal!), these simple tips from women who’ve made the leap might just give you the prompt you need to take a step forward.

The importance of heroes to shape and inspire your career

If you’re struggling with direction in your career right now, reflecting on who your heroes are can give you the inspiration and guidance you need to create your next chapter, says What She Did Next founder and two-time career changer Jacqui Ooi.

How job crafting could make you happier at work

Have you changed and grown during your career, but your job description hasn’t? Are you looking for more purpose and meaning in your work? If you’re not quite ready to quit your job, job crafting may be the answer, says corporate wellbeing specialist Melanie Moffatt.

Marisa’s story: Floristry with a difference

After 15 years of working in customer service roles, Marisa made a brave leap to embark on a new career path, combining her creative interests with her passion for helping women and children.


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