The 5 Skills to Succeed in a Squiggly Career


Our careers are no longer straightforward, linear and predictable. Instead, they are characterised by ambiguity, uncertainty, and change. Everyone now has a 'squiggly career.'

In this context there is no such thing as a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to career development. Organisations and employees need to figure out how learning and development can become part of our everyday work lives rather than only 'going on a course.'

In this session we will share the 5 skills that will help you and everyone in your organisation to take ownership for their development and do their best work. 

  1. How to discover your super strengths and make sure they stand out and show 

  2. How to understand your values, the things that motivate and drive you, and live them more at work. 

  3. How to escape comparison culture and overcome your confidence gremlins. 

  4. How to build a network in a way that works for you and your career by starting with what you can give. 

  5. How to explore future possibilities and stay curious in your career. 




Sarah Ellis is the co-founder of Amazing If, a company with an ambition to make careers better for everyone. Together with her business partner Helen Tupper, she is the author of The Sunday Times number one bestseller The Squiggly Career (Penguin) and host of the Squiggly Careers podcast. In January 2021 they recorded their TEDx talk 'The best career path isn't always a straight line' at Abbey Road Studios in London. 


Prior to Amazing If Sarah’s career included leadership roles at Barclays and Sainsbury’s before becoming Managing Director at creative agency Gravity Road. Sarah is an alumnus of Harvard, London and Warwick Business Schools (MBA), a qualified professional coach and a mental health first aider. She is also co-chair for The Mayor of London Workspace Advisory Board and Mum to a non-sleeping toddler called Max. You can find her on Instagram @AmazingIf  

PEOPLE POWER is an event series dedicated to people:  to skills, training, HR, employment and workplace productivity.  


The 2021 conference is designed to help you focus on The People Agenda - to provide you and your team with the knowledge and skills that you need to ensure your workforce thrives, to improve performance, increase productivity and to help you compete effectively in the new world. 

The conference takes place 16 November at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead. Attend in person or online. 

Tickets start from £35+VAT.