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The professional pivot

A change of job – at any time – can be anxiety-inducing. Add a global pandemic into the equation and that anxiety can reach fever pitch. So what happens when Covid-19 has made your job a non-reality?  Sarah Macken speaks to three women about stepping outside your comfort zone, imposter syndrome, and taking a risk.


The word ‘pivot’ is often overused in the millennial vernacular. Marmite in quality, for most it should be relegated to the scrap heap of girl boss, hustle and glib ‘Get up, drink coffee, create shit’ inspirational posts. However, the Covid-19 crisis has given the necessary task of pivoting a renewed cache. 

When I shifted from editing a fashion magazine to becoming a freelance writer at the end 2020, it wasn’t exactly a metamorphosis. I was buoyed by the novelty of change and it was relatively easy for me to translate my staff job to a self-employed setting. Sure, there are some differences: invoicing, a lack of colleagues, the constant rounds of pitching. It wasn’t quite the frogmarch of editing a glossy magazine in a relentless, monthly cycle with tight budgets and even tighter staffing. 

A change of job - at any time - can be anxiety-inducing. Add a global pandemic into the equation and that anxiety can reach fever pitch. So what happens when Covid-19 has made your job a non-reality?  Sarah Macken speaks to three women about stepping outside your comfort zone, imposter syndrome, and taking a risk.

The word ‘pivot’ is often overused in the millennial vernacular. Marmite in quality, for most it should be relegated to the scrap heap of girl boss, hustle and glib ‘Get up, drink coffee, create shit’ inspirational posts. However, the Covid-19 crisis . . .

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