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Peer Stories

Inspirational, informative and always insightful stories from people using their skills in 'unretirement'

"There are multiple options for people when leaving corporate life"

Clare Woodcraft
Executive Director, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy, Cambridge Judge Business School

"Retirement is a new beginning"

Jacquie Doucette
Podcast host, Beyond Retirement

"I realised I wanted to use help inner city kids through arts education. I was one of those kids and art got me of a bad life path, and gave me confidence and helped me to get to college and later law school"

Mark Shaiken
Former bankrupty attorney and author of and ...just like that: essays on a life before and after the law

“The perspective, support and challenge brought by a mentor with an entire career’s worth of experience is invaluable and can absolutely change your future”

Gemma Smith
Founder, OmniProtect

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"If you want to pursue your own dreams, leave your ‘Golden Gates’ of corporate life and jump into the big ocean"

Gilbert Van fraeyenhoven
EY Belgium partner alumnus

"Having a trusted individual(s) as a sounding board to bounce ideas with can lead to focus and clarity"

Ansar Rahman
Founder, Atelier Rahman

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"The advice I’ve had from the Next-Up mentoring site is of a much a higher and specific quality to what I’ve had before"

Adam McNichol
Founder, Well Good

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Lisa Reading signed up to the Next-Up 500 mentors website to offer her help as a mentor, this case study is the perfect example of a generous and fantastic mentor making a difference. 


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"Putting on an art exhibition was terrifying - but gave me external recognition"

Oliver Barnes
Former lawyer and artist

"My best opportunities have come through my existing networks. If you look at LinkedIn it’s incredible the people you know"

David Morley
Former senior partner at Allen & Overy; chair, Elaghmore Partners and A&O leadership centre; and leadership consultant