Hello, I’m Aideen Finnegan. I’ve been in broadcasting for almost 17 years. It’s a career I’ve loved. But, lately, like a lot of you out there, I’ve been doing a bit of soul searching. If I were to change careers, I don’t even know how or what I would do. It’s massively intimidating to think about starting again. I want to be a bit nosy and find out how other people have done it. If the pandemic has prompted you to reassess your life and how you make a living, this is the podcast for you – this, is How to Pivot.
Ciara Kelly - Doctor to broadcaster
Ciara Kelly presents prime-time radio on Ireland's national news and current affairs station, Newstalk. She trained as a medical doctor in the 90s and ran a GP surgery in Co. Wicklow until she pivoted careers and swapped her stethoscope for headphones in 2017. Ciara reveals what it was like to work 80 hours a week while she wore both hats. In her own words, she's a 'carpe diem kind of person' and knew that even if things didn't work out, she wouldn't regret taking the leap of faith. But for the more risk averse among us, she has sage advice for anyone who dreams of doing something different.
Andrea Horan - PR to nail bar owner
Andrea Horan is a tour de force who went from being a director at Thinkhouse PR to world-famous nail salon owner and social activist. In this episode of How To Pivot, she speaks about why she wanted to quit the industry, how she landed on the idea of opening a nail bar and how the pivot has helped her create the life she always wanted to live. Her own pod, the United Ireland podcast, is available wherever you listen to yours.
Aoife Dunican - professional services to personal stylist
Aoife Dunican aka @TheStyleBob pivoted from the corporate world to personal styling in 2019. Her business was in its infancy when the pandemic hit, forcing her to pivot online and enter people's wardrobes virtually. She talks about taking that leap of faith in her late 40s, how she laid the groundwork while she was still working and how she dealt with the fear that it might not work out. "When you're scared about something, it's just another word for excited."
Sinead Brophy - Tech worker turned personal trainer
Sinead Brophy was a successful product manager in the tech sector when she left to become a personal trainer. She has since qualified as a mobility coach, nutrition coach and is studying to become a fertility awareness coach. She's passionate about women's health and phased-based training, which optimises workouts for people who menstruate in accordance with their hormonal cycles. Sinead began her new career in a Dublin gym before striking out on her own and becoming fully self-employed this year. She's the founder of Go With The Flow Coaching and Bumps and Babies.
Jenny Huston - DJ turned jewellery designer
In 2012, Jenny Huston was at the top of her game when she left 2FM without a real plan. She has since founded and cultivated the highly successful jewellery brand, Edge Only, which counts Michelle Visage among her fans. In this episode we talk about taking the leap, imposter syndrome, financial uncertainty, learning all over again and ultimately reaping the rewards.
Aideen speaks to DJ-turned-jewellery-designer Jenny Huston
Great podcast, real lives w genuine wisdom to share, gets into the nuts and bolts and the bank balance!
How to pivot- ep 1
Really enjoyed that! I’m a career coach working with career changers, and Jenny’s story touches on so much of the career change process- from following your instinct, to experimenting, to setbacks and ultimately to feeling ‘established’. Thanks Aideen for creating this podcast - I’ll be recommending it!
Very inspired after that!
Great podcast that has me so inspired after listening. Aideen has a great interview style and really gets the story out of her interviewees! Love it!