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PROFESSIONAL CAREER GUIDANCE

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Feel Inspired.

Brave Starts is an amazing not-for-profit community of mid and late career professionals led by seasoned career development experts.

We help you figure out your next work steps with practical, no-nonsense methods built on proven research.

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Winners of the 2022 Community Award awarded by the ILC

Be Brave. Be Inspired.


Bravestarts is a community of talented and ambitious professionals over 50.

We combine cutting edge research with your experience and network to inspire your future career path.

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OUR MISSION

People in their mid-careers are undervalued in the workforce. Until the world wakes up, we're helping people achieve their ambitions.

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Community

You don't have patience for fluff and nonsense. We offer practical, evidence based support and career guidance for professionals who want (or need) to carry on working.

Research, feedback and follow up evaluations, tell us getting you to feel confident and happier about your next steps requires going through these steps:

HOW DO WE HELP

We harness the power of community and the best evidence-based psychology to get you clearer on next steps.  

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At any level of joining, your support really does help: 

Supporter

Your Supporter membership unlocks 12 months of unlimited access to our fantastic community to develop relationships and build your network through our events to start you on your journey.

Community Events
New member welcome
Workbooks over 4 weeks
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Explorer

We all know two heads are better than one, but what about four or five? At the heart of your Explorer membership is series of lively small-cohort workshops led by Brave Starts professional experts.

Everything in Supporter Plan
Coach led Cohort Workshops
Self-Paced Elearning Course
Get introduced to other experts
£495
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Explorer+

Explorer+ membership is perfect when you need a 100% tailored solution to exploring, plotting and acting on your next steps. Personal coaching sessions for a bespoke personal service.

Everything in Explorer Plan
Personal Coaching Sessions
Strategic Action Planning
100% tailored to you
£1,495
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Member Events

You aren't alone: interactive meetings, workshops and monthly events support our growing community of people wanting to learn new skills and develop new networks and opportunities to improve their working lives

Community Based

Growing community of people between the ages of 45-70 offering a wide range of professional insights and experiences. Teachers, doctors, bankers, lawyers: the one thing we all have in common is a desire to work and help each other

In-built Expertise

Advice & guidance provided across all of our events by trained career coaches, psychologists and development experts specialising in supporting this community to appreciate age as an asset

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Complete our research backed survey

Take our WHAT Next tool and get the results to understand where you are in your career journey

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Attend a 1 hour session with other new Brave Starters to share your story and learn from others

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Join our Brave Start Up programme to get the framework of achieving your goals and ambitions

Take Action on your next steps!

Build your plan on how you will make your career dreams into a reality and take your next steps

FAST TRACK YOUR CAREER OPTIONS

Courses

Take things at your own pace with our fantastic online courses

Programmes

Use our framework to build your bespoke career path

Coaching

Sometimes people need 1 on 1 support. We have the best.

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Meet your peers in informative and fun group meetings.

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Monthly doses of content with events, articles, and research

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Interactive monthly events

Meet your peers in interactive, informative and fun group meetings.

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Access our e-book: making your latter work years your best yet.

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A directory of over 300 members giving you more chances to connect

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Sometimes people need 1 on 1 support. We have the best.

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Nothing beats practical insight from people who've been there and done that - (from £60 per meeting)

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Meeting others in the same boat builds connection and confidence. Our members share a desire to work and make a difference: some work full time and are exploring options to build a portfolio of skills; others are building 'side hustles'; most have no idea what to do next and others are starting something completely new.

Whatever you are thinking, we can help in various ways:

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Focused on people mid life onwards

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Some of the People We've Helped

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Ideas Refined

After nearly 15 years raising 3 children, Rosetta wanted to get into the fashion world, but without a network, she was ignored and mass online marketplaces offered no support for the money they took. Through our help, we introduced her to shadow one of the UK’s leading luxury fashion designers. She now runs her own fashion business - and is finally getting the attention she deserves!

Rosetta

Fashion Designer
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Business Plan Sorted

Mary was an accountant, but after years of dreaming of running her own accessories designer business, we set her up to shadow Susannah – a top handbag designer with revenues of over £3million a year. Mary has now moved country, she owns a factory and employs 10 staff. Oh and she’s been featured in the FT!

Mary

Designer
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Reality Checked

Antonio had planned to open a wine bar until he shadowed one! The reality didn’t match his dream and for him, the work involved didn’t justify the profits made. In his own words:

‘This is a risk free way to understand how the business you’re thinking of running actually works.”

Antonio

Wine Enthusiast

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MEET SOME OF OUR EXPERTS

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Shadow a successful master craftsman

Jay Blades is a master craftsman - recognised as a leader in the field of upcycling - where his work is frequently showcased in TV shows as well as upmarket furniture places such as Heals and Liberty

Jay Blades

Master Craftsman
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Shadow a highly regarded psychoanalyst

David is very well established psychoanalyst. He is an authority in the profession and regularly contributes to BBC radio programmes, as well as consulting privately for the NHS


David

Psychoanalyst
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Shadow an Award Winning Voice Actor

Liz is an established Voice actor having started out as a project manager. She has won voice as well as small business awards. She has had clients ranging from HSBC, BMW, and Bvlgari to name just a few


Liz

Voice Actor