17 episodes

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.

How To Pivot How To Pivot

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 44 Ratings

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.

    Tommy Bowe - rugby player to TV presenter

    Tommy Bowe - rugby player to TV presenter

    Tommy Bowe is a former rugby international who's played for Ireland, Ulster Rugby, the British and Irish Lions and Ospreys in Wales. After a formidable career where he scored 30 tests tries for Ireland alone, he hung up his boots in 2018 and wondered 'what next?'. Now he's the co-presenter of Ireland's biggest breakfast TV show, IrelandAM. Despite his public profile, it wasn't easy to break into presenting. Hear how he made that transition and what he would recommend to anyone hoping to pivot in their own careers.

    • 55 min
    Heather Condren - social care worker to florist

    Heather Condren - social care worker to florist

    Heather Condren is well known for her bold and beautiful floral company @flowerpop.ie. What many of you probably don't know is that Heather was a social care worker, working with people with intellectual disabilities in a residential setting. Burnout meant she quit her job cold turkey, won a scholarship on a floristry course, set up Flowerpop in 2017 and has never looked back.⁠ 

    Heather knew she wanted to have a baby but that multiple 24 hour shifts a week would not be conducive to family life. Floristry was a hobby and it was never meant to become her career, especially when she wanted a bank to give her a mortgage.⁠

    This is an inspiring story about lacking confidence, wrestling with a scary decision and then absolutely SOARING. I couldn't be happier to round out Season 2 of How To Pivot than with the amazing Heather 

    • 47 min
    Peigín Crowley - spa designer to brand founder

    Peigín Crowley - spa designer to brand founder

    If you've ever been lucky enough to stay at Adare Manor, Cliff House Hotel or The Merrion, the spas in those hotels were designed by Peigín. She had a glamorous jet-set lifestyle until Covid-19 grounded her, literally and figuratively. A life-long advocate of aromatherapy and essential oils, she put the pot on the cooker and began producing her own blend of balms and oils. The brand 'Ground Wellbeing' was born and 15 months later, it's stocked in Brown Thomas and used in The Shelbourne and Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh among others.⁠ Peigín has brilliant advice around taking the leap, starting a business, coping with failures and managing the dreaded imposter syndrome. ⁠

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Derval O'Rourke - Olympic athlete to business owner

    Derval O'Rourke - Olympic athlete to business owner

    Derval O'Rourke came up with the idea of a membership-based health platform (Derval.ie) not long after she retired from international athletics in 2014. Only the likes of Joe Wicks were really known for them at that point so the three-time Olympian and World Indoor Champion struggled to explain the concept initially. Here, Derval speaks about starting a business while juggling childcare, how she dealt with disappointment and why almost everything is survivable. It's grand, like! Derval is super-inspiring and this is a particularly motivating episode for anyone feeling like they're in a career rut.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Sarah Shannon - lawyer to yoga teacher

    Sarah Shannon - lawyer to yoga teacher

    Sarah Shannon was a corporate lawyer in Dublin. In her own words, she swapped pencil skirts and high heels for the flowing white clothes of an Indian ashram. It was there she realised she had to change careers. She set up a practice in Dublin but relocated to Portugal during the pandemic. There, she runs yoga retreats aimed at people who are looking to escape to The Algarve for a few days. (Find out more about 'Wild and Free' on SarahShannonYoga.com).

    Sarah talks about the lightening bolt moment when she realised she had to leave law, how she figured out yoga was the career for her and how she went about creating the life she wanted to live. Sarah even met the man of her dreams when she moved to Portugal. This is a real-no-messin'-straight-up-Irish Eat, Pray, Love story. Hope you enjoy!

    • 57 min
    Lucy Wolfe - auctioneer to paediatric sleep consultant

    Lucy Wolfe - auctioneer to paediatric sleep consultant

    Lucy Wolfe is Ireland's most well-known sleep consultant. She coaches exhausted parents in developing their babies' sleep skills, allowing everyone in the house to get better rest! She has an international client base and is the author of two manuals; 'The Baby Sleep Solution' and 'All About The Baby Sleep Solution.' But before she pivoted into this area, Lucy was 'Selling Cork.' She was an auctioneer, valuer, chartered surveyor, lecturer and business owner. Changes in the industry and the birth of her first child prompted Lucy to seek out another way of making a living. This is the first time she has shared the inspiring story of her career pivot.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

loulou29818 ,

Love

I love this podcast! So many people are questioning their careers these days especially post covid… it’s really interesting to hear different people’s journeys. However I just wish Aideen would post more episodes i.e. once a week!!

LiathQ ,

New Fan!

Just discovered this podcast and delighted I’ve so many episodes to catch up on. An interesting concept with a variety of guests who’ve pivoted in their careers - many valuable lessons to learn! Cheers Aideen. :)

sulsin0987 ,

A great binge listen

I can’t remember how I came across this podcast, but I’m so happy I did.
I made a huge life pivot about 5 years ago when I found out my dad had a terminal illness. I left my good job that I had been in for 15 years to open my own business in a totally different field. I ran it happily for 5 years, But damned covid meant I had to go back into the PAYE workforce a few months ago.
So I recognise so much of what the guests are talking about.
My advice to anyone thinking of taking the leap… do it as a side hustle first, you’ll soon find out if you love it enough to leave your job…and if it will pay your bills!

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