Hi! My name is Charlie Mulraine and welcome to The Gear Changer Blog. Riding bikes is my hobby but what has given me true satisfaction over the past fifteen years is helping others find careers that provide a sense of purpose, are rewarding and give them joy.
The idea behind The Gear Changer came to me on a recent ride in Wales. Since I was a young boy, Cycling has always given me a sense of freedom and adventure. There is something pure about the sport. The fitter you become, the faster you can travel and the more challenging your routes can become. It also helps me to take my mind off problems as well as providing space for me to consider new perspectives. I wanted a vehicle through which I could offer practical career guidance as well as share some of the inspiration and joy I feel on two wheels.
I’ve been guiding people through successful career changes for almost twenty years. Initially, in recruitment and then for the past fifteen years within professional sport. As a Personal Development Manager within professional cricket, I support players with their welfare, wellbeing as well as their transition out of the game. I love my work now but it hasn’t always been this way.
As a professional cricketer and rugby player, I experienced my fair share of highs and lows. A career in professional sport is one full of uncertainty where your confidence and self-esteem can take a bashing. When I eventually retired, aged twenty five, I experienced an identity crisis during this time and it took a long while for me to understand who I was and what I had to offer. In two jobs, the dread I felt on a Sunday night almost made me physically sick! Finding a career that filled me with excitement, felt purposeful and where my talents could be expressed was not a simple process. It has taken some self-reflection before finding my true home.
If this resonates with you, if you are someone who wants more from your career and you feel you deserve a job that fills you with joy rather than dread then The Gear Changer is for you. It’s for the motivated and the curious. Gear up for new takes on old career wisdom with some cycling inspiration knitting it all together.
Let's 'gear up for change'!