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How to pursue an ‘encore career’ — a meaningful alternative to retirement

   /   Oct 15th, 2010News

Every day thousands of Americans turn 55 years old with no plans of retiring anytime soon. (If retirement is still decades away for you, then consider reading on for a parent or a friend.) Many people today are looking for ways to have a social impact during an age that once was thought of as the “golden years” — a time of life when the glossy magazines say you’re supposed to be content to spend your final years luxuriating on a golf course. The problem is, for millions of people, the so-called retirement years are going to last upwards of three decades! That’s why many people are pursuing encore careers, purposeful work in the second half of life.

The world has no shortage of problems in need of experienced fixers, but the pathways to this new stage of work are unclear; they are just being forged. One organization that has been leading the way helping people to navigate this new terrain is Civic Ventures. [Disclosure: I am a senior fellow at Civic Ventures.] Next week, Civic Ventures, in partnership with the New York Times Knowledge Network, will be offering an online seminar, which I will be participating in, to help people prepare for their encore careers. The interactive two-part class, held on Friday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 29 from 12:00-1:15 EST, will explore such questions as:

  • What kinds of job opportunities exist to do meaningful work in the encore years?
  • How do you make the transition into a field where you might not have experience or contacts?
  • What work is available for those who don’t want to work full time?
  • What steps should you take if you want to create your own organization?

The course, which is supported by the New York Life Foundation, costs $95 and the deadline for registration is October 21. [I receive no compensation for my involvement.]

If there’s someone in your life who’s ready to explore a new life direction, this could help them make a start.

Photo: Civic Ventures

2 Responses

  1. Celeste says:

    Nice post! Idealist.org also has a section in our Mid-Career Transitions Resource Center that has more resources for encore careerists:
    http://www.idealist.org/en/midcareer/experiencedprofessionals.html

  2. chris g. says:

    Is this program available only in New York, or nationwide?

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