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Most journalists discover at some point in their careers that they can diversify their work.

Sometimes this is a choice because we need a new challenge or we hit a plateau in our jobs. Sometimes we are made redundant.

Either way, journalists can look to other parts of the newsroom, self-employment or other sectors to reignite their careers. But that can come with crises of identity and confidence.

In this week's podcast, we hear from two journalism veterans about how to make that switch early or late into our careers.

Alison Gow has spent 30 years in the news, 20 of which with the newsgroup Reach plc in various senior editor and audience roles. These days, she is amongst other things, a mentor, a trustee and a board member for various organisations, and a media consultant.

Joining her is Mark Frankel, who spent nearly 20 years at the BBC in producer, editor and social media positions, before exploring new options in the corporate world like consultancy, as well as lecturing for universities.

Stay tuned for tips on how to identify and leverage transferable skills.

Alison Gow and Mark Frankel are delivering a workshop at our upcoming digital journalism conference Newsrewired that will go deeper into preparing for work and life beyond the newsroom. Join us on 22 May at News UK London, grab your ticket now

Correction: A previous version of this podcast stated that Mark Frankel was made redundant by the BBC. This podcast was updated on 20 May 2024, to correctly state that Mark chose to leave the BBC.

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