The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life
Until recently, most Americans equated the end of a successful career with the beginning of retirement. No more. Now they want to stay in the game (or better, change the game). They want to leave a mark. Make a difference—and continue to make money. From Encore.org, the leading organization in the field, comes a road map to every step of the encore career journey. Here’s how to plan the transition. How much you need to make.The pros and cons of going back to school. When to volunteer, and when to intern. How to network effectively and harness the power of social media. Who’s hiring and for what jobs? (Check out the Encore Hot List of 35 viable careers). A comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide, filled with inspiring stories and answering—in extensive FAQ sections—the concerns of its readers, this book is everything you need to help you strike a balance between doing good and doing well–in a way that will sustain you through this new stage of life.
Attention Boomers: The Economy Needs You to Work Past 70
If you imagine that age 81 means shuffleboard, golf carts, and sitting on the beach, David Mintz will make you reconsider. The founder and CEO of food brand Tofutti, Mintz works 15-hour shifts, sometimes driving 500 miles a day to visit his factories. He sleeps four or five hours a night and works out every morning. “I’m working harder now than 20 years ago,” he says.
Retired baby boomers find second acts in encore careers
As Americans are living longer, many are working longer. The employment picture has slowly been improving for baby boomers and pre-retirees over the past few years. Studies have shown some people in their 50s and 60s are holding on to jobs longer, while others are pursuing “second acts”—starting “encore careers” as the next chapter in their professional lives.
The Age Factor
With a growing number of Americans expecting to continue working well past the traditional retirement age, employers are confronting the challenges of an aging workforce.
During her first 43 years at La Jolla, Calif.-based Scripps Health, “Joyce” (not her real name) was a model employee. She worked her way up the ranks to project manager and routinely juggled numerous assignments with ease. As she reached her late 60s, however, Joyce’s supervisors and co-workers began to notice she was exhibiting early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
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