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Since you are here, the chances are you are looking for inspiration and help finding a new role. Brave Starts is a community of job seekers, career changers and professionals seeking fulfilment, typically aged 45-75.

We help our members figure out their next steps using practical, no nonsense methods built on proven research

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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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What Our COMMUNITY say about us...

March 2023

I can totally recommend Brave Starts to anyone looking at their working life who is that little bit older! The areas they help with are diverse and often seed ideas you never thought about. Open and approachable they deliver vast networking opportunities as well as practical support....

March 2023

I've just logged out of a brilliant hour talking with Lucy and 3 other members about age as an asset. Brilliant not just because it's exactly what I needed today but also because it was structured and delivered as an evidence based, empathetic examination of why and how the confidence and experience born of age IS and asset that we can leverage. Highly recommend

Lucy Unger
March 2023

This was a great opportunity to connect with like minded people in their 50's looking for support and inspiration to weigh up career options. Lucy and Alan's warm and structured approach to coaching was most conducive to opening up meaningful conversations amongst us...

March 2023

I joined Bravestart this week. Lucy has been excellent in her communication and support since our first interaction. Today I attended two sessions both different but equally informative. I really feel that this network and it's members will offer me the opportunity to move forward at the right pace to change my career direction and/or help me create a plan specifically for me....

Thomas Garside


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As people get older, their experience and value is not embraced. Until the world wakes up, we're helping people understand how age can be an asset and how there has never been a better time to achieve their ambitions.

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We care more about making a positive difference than making a profit. We educate and inspire but only if we can back up or prove what we share and we know all of this is more fun when you engage and interact with your peers.


You're in control. Join us and make contacts that will help you, engage with a community which will support you and participate in events, meetings and workshops which will develop your skills and knowledge. Brave Starts gives you the confidence and resources to acquire and develop that next fulfilling role.

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With more than 600 members, 250 experts, 100+ events a year, you'll discover many people and experiences to inspire you. Brave Starts membership is focused on helping you find the next step. All you have to do is choose the option that works for you.


Community membership unlocks our workbook series, 12 months of unlimited access to our fantastic community to develop relationships and build your network through our events

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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.

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Perfect for when you need a 100% tailored solution to exploring, plotting and acting on your next steps. Choose your mix as we create a fully personalised approach for you.

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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

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

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

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



Take things at your own pace with our fantastic online courses


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

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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!


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!


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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.”


Wine Enthusiast


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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


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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


Voice Actor