• No idea what to do with your career?

  • Through working with Escape the City, a community of motivated corporate professionals who want to “do something different” with their careers, Adele Barlow found herself quasi-counselling top graduates from the world’s leading universities. These bright millennials had followed all the rules, taken “safe” and “sensible” jobs, then found themselves feeling lost. After accidentally moonlighting as their makeshift therapist and regularly writing for The Huffington Post, Adele trained in cognitive behavioural coaching with the British Psychological Society and started Outbound Books. She has written several career change books and has also produced digital marketing content and events for startups, corporations and agencies.


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  • Articles

    Read more on the Huffington Post here

    Why Female Entrepreneurs Are Scared to Lean In

    We have devalued what was traditionally considered women's work

    If you choose to pursue your own dreams instead of existing to support those of a man, you no longer need to apologise. Yet no matter how progressive we like to think we are...


    Top 10 tips for female entrepreneurs

    More women are taking the plunge and launching their own businesses

    If you want to feel good about making strides with building your business, you need to be around women who are comfortable with ambition and dreaming big.


    It's Okay Not to Be Passionate About Your Day Job

    Today's workplace seems to be much more than just a marketplace

    For millennials, 'work' has almost taken on a spiritual obligation - it has become a place where we are meant to find meaning and redeem not only ourselves but also the world around us.


    The Importance of Failure

    Any start-up exists because it is trying to achieve product-market fit

    You can be the best experimenter in the world but you still can’t control the results. You can only become better at influencing certain variables and reducing the time it takes you to synthesise the results into an action plan.  


    Overcoming the Overachiever's Quarter-Life Crisis

    If the answers were easy, there would be no stories to tell

    The more stories I hear, the more I realise that an impasse makes it is easy to feel anchorless, yet I am reminded by our members on a daily basis that we are lost only until we search for what may have been inside us all along.


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  • Coaching clients

    Training in cognitive behavioural coaching with the British Psychological Society

    and coaching millennials from the following organisations inspired several books on career change.

  • Past speaking engagements


    Training EMEA Product Marketing Managers

    Girl Geek Meetup

    Sharing lessons about online community growth

    General Assembly

    Teaching social media strategies for startups

    King's College

    Recruitment event: finding a job in tech startups

    The Guardian

    Instructor for digital masterclass on iterative product development

    NZ Trade & Enterprise

    Keynote speaker on upcoming social media trends

    KEA (Kiwi Expat Association)

    Training SME owners in digital skills


    Panel speaker with Conservative MP and The Sunday Times Editorial Director

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