Find Your Passion:

Careers Beyond the Ordinary

How to turn the skills you have, into the career and lifestyle you want.

Webinar series runs every Wednesday in July and August 2020.

This Week



From Public Sector to Social Enterprise:
How to go from teaching and public policy to setting up a social mobility charity or sustainable fashion business centred on women’s empowerment

This week we’re excited to welcome Karen Arthur from Reddskin UK and Joyce Connell from Insight Outreach to discuss how they built careers in teaching and public policy respectively, before launching their own businesses with social impact at their core.

Many of us see changes we’d like to make in society or have social causes that we want to champion, but working out how to get started and how to make social impact careers a reality can be daunting. On Wednesday 2 September, Joyce and Karen will share their inspiring stories with us, and give us all food for thought on how we too can have an impact with our own careers.

Joyce worked on human rights and criminal justice policy in the Ministry of Justice and now focuses on social mobility, founding Insight Outreach, a charity increasing underrepresented students’ access to top universities (see full bio below for more information).

Karen was a secondary school teacher who founded Reddskin UK, a sustainable fashion business with an emphasis on the links between fashion and mental wellbeing, especially for women (see full bio below for more information).

This webinar will be particularly relevant for anyone looking to get involved with social impact projects or to launch their own social enterprise or thinking about how to get started in a creative career, as well as for those looking at careers in public policy or teaching and interested in where those roles might lead you.

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

  • How they grew their careers in teaching and public policy after university
  • How they switched careers to launch their own businesses with a strong social mission
  • How they championed their social causes and made their work more than just a job
  • How they built up the necessary skills and network to achieve their goals
  • Stories of friends and acquaintances who followed similar routes to differing end goals
  • Their tips for how you can get started in pursuing your own social impact projects


6-7pm (BST) Wednesday 2 September 2020


Zoom webinar, the meeting details will be sent to you after you register for the event below.


Register on the form below! Places are limited to 100 in the webinar room, but we will livestream on our Youtube channel for those that miss out.


What’s next?

More details to follow!

*All of our speakers represent achievable paths to doing something fun, interesting and non-corporate with your career right after university and beyond. Of course, the corporate route might be best or most enticing for you, depending on what your goals are, and that is for you to decide. With this series we are highlighting some alternative, achievable and fun career routes as potential inspiration as you think about what direction you want to go in after university.


Missed it?

You can find recordings of all past webinars on Gotoco’s Youtube channel here.

Wednesday 08/07/20: Sustainability Entrepreneurship: we had an inspiring chat with Mel Furey and Alex Fisher who run zero waste businesses. You can watch it here.

Wednesday 15/07/20: Moving Abroad: watch our conversation with Kit Harford, Tech Trek Founder, and Richard Lloyd, Gotoco China Co-founder, on our Youtube channel here.

Wednesday 22/07/20: Mindful Living and Wellbeing: watch our conversation with a mindfulness teacher and a wellbeing workshop facilitator about how they developed impactful careers in non-profits and then as teachers and facilitators for hundreds/thousands of people. We also covered tips on how to stay mentally healthy during the pandemic and as you graduate from university and enter the world of work. Watch on our Youtube channel here.

Wednesday 29/07/20: Travel and Journalism: watch our conversation with a published travel writer and a journalist and travel entrepreneur, to find out how they launched a writing career and turned travel itself into a career. Watch on our Youtube channel here.

Wednesday 05/08/20: Public Policy and NGOs; watch our conversation with the founder of a futurist public policy advisory and an NGO policy officer about traversing a career in the public sector and non-profits.

Wednesday 19/08/20: China and Media Careers; watch our discussion with Kaiser Kuo from the Sinica Podcast and SupChina to learn about how best to approach a career in China or working with China, and to discuss careers in the media.

Thursday 27/08/20: What Mandarin Means to Me; Andrew Disbury spoke about how learning Mandarin has shaped his career. More info here.

Our Guests

Karen Arthur
Karen ArthurFounder
ReddSkin UK
Karen is an ex-teacher now Fashion Creative, private sewing tutor, stylist and speaker who has been sewing for over 40 years. In the past few years, she has focused on creating beautiful clothing for women who appreciate hand-crafted care and slow fashion.

Karen also teaches people of all ages to fall in love with their sewing machines during private sessions. Pre-Covid she also ran workshops in schools to teach all ages about sewing, textiles and fashion.

Karen speaks publicly on fashion and mental well-being, diversity in menopause and loneliness. Her video feature for @StyleLikeU ‘Getting Dressed: A self-acceptance project’ has reached over 370k views on Youtube.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Karen successfully swerved her business model to create Wear Your Happy® Face Covers to remind people not to touch their face.

Karen is currently conducting research around menopause that centres on Black UK women.


Joyce Connell
Joyce ConnellCo-founder
Insight Outreach
Joyce is the founder of the Oxbridge Mentoring Scheme and Insight Education, and co-founder of Insight Outreach, aiming to increase access to top universities for underrepresented students. She graduated from Oxford University and completed an MSc at Birkbeck University whilst working full-time as a Policy and Project Manager for the Ministry of Justice, focusing on Human Rights and Criminal Justice.

Joyce discovered a passion for education while writing her dissertation, researching and comparing educational systems at home in the UK and abroad. She created Insight Education in 2006 which ran the precursor of Insight Outreach’s Oxbridge Mentoring Scheme. In the same year, she was elected to the board of governors at one of England’s leading academies where she set up a similar in-house programme.

Joyce has an excellent track record of mentoring students from diverse backgrounds into Oxford, Cambridge and other top UK universities. Passionate about raising aspirations among bright students, promoting equal opportunity and social mobility, she also runs programmes and workshops to help prepare students for the job market, and an online ‘Scholars Programme’ in several countries around the world.

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