Careers Beyond the Ordinary

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Mindful Living and Wellbeing: fighting the mental health epidemic

Unsure or stressed about what to do with your life? Worried by COVID’s impact on your immediate career prospects? Concerned by the wellbeing of those around you, but not sure how to help?

We live in an increasingly emotionally disconnected and anxious world. Rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide have been on the rise in the UK, USA, and western world generally for the last few decades, and they have unfortunately become an epidemic, one that some experts fear is being forgotten during the COVID pandemic. According to a January 2020 UK House of Commons Briefing Paper, “1 in 6 UK adults have experienced a ‘common mental disorder’ like depression or anxiety in the past week”, while the charity Mind‘s statistics show “1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England”.

But it doesn’t have to be like this. Many wonderful people are working hard to combat this epidemic, to reduce stigma around seeking help for mental healthcare, and to increase people’s connectedness and mindfulness. In China, Gotoco and Edu-venture’s teams have been awed by the brilliant work of Enoch Li, who founded Bearapy, and globally we keep a close eye on work arising out of the WHO’s mental health action plan.

Whether you want to build a career helping everyone increase their mental and spiritual wellbeing or want to find ways to keep yourself mentally healthy in your career, join us this week for a discussion on how we can all contribute to a better, more connected, healthier world (and how this could go a long way to addressing some of our world’s most pressing environmental challenges as well!).

On Wednesday 22 July 2020, we are welcoming two inspiring individuals and wellness professionals, Andy Hix and Laura Reeves, to talk with us about how they’ve managed stress within their own careers, and how they’ve built their own businesses and practices to help others tackle their anxieties and lead more connected lives. All of us here at Edu-venture find their stories extremely motivating and thought-provoking, and can’t wait to share them with you!

With Isla Lamparelli, Exeter Uni student and Edu-venture Exeter founder, our speakers, Andy and Laura, will discuss:

  • How they became passionate about mental and spiritual care
  • How they made their interests central to their careers and made their work more than just a job
  • How they built up the necessary skills and network to achieve their goals and help others
  • How they grew their own startups, projects, and practices
  • Stories of friends and acquaintances who followed similar routes to differing end goals
  • Their tips for how you can stay mentally healthy as you launch your career


5-6pm (BST) Wednesday 22 July 2020


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Our Guests

Andy Hix
Andy HixWellbeing and Performance Coach
Andy is an entrepreneur, wellbeing coach and community builder.

He is passionate about sharing things that have helped him live a happier, healthier more fulfilling life.

His company is called The Mindful Banker, which specialises in supporting financial services companies to improve the wellbeing of their staff.

He is a qualified mindfulness trainer and has taught at organisations such as PwC, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, Lloyds Bank and Deloitte.

He also teaches in schools and prisons, offers one-to-one coaching, writes a blog and hosts a podcast called The Mindful Banker.

The intention of his work is to create a more beautiful world in which people recognise the interconnection between each other and the world around them.

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Laura Reeves
Laura ReevesFounder, Infinite Experience
Laura is a creative entrepreneur, animal lover, spiritualist and connector, most recently working with Extinction Rebellion.

Laura is creative director and founder of Infinite Experience, creating experiences designed to ignite oneness and release illusions of separation.

She has designed and held workshops and interactive performances on physical release and heart connection all over the world and is excited to be back in the UK running workshops and offering one-to-one sessions on releasing trapped emotions from the body, self-love and deeper connection.

Her journey has taken her from the UN headquarters in New York to the depths of the Amazon rainforest, in a bid to address the discord and suffering on our planet. Early on in her NGO career, she felt disembodied and deflated by office work. Laura experienced the need to inspire change through the heart and body, not just the mind, and has made this her life’s work.

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