Encore Careers for Recovery and Renewal
02/03/2009 - 03:18:57pm
President Obama hasn’t (yet) championed an encore careers initiative, but pieces of such an agenda already are emerging in the administration’s plans and proposals. (For more on the rationale for such an encore careers initiative, see "Social + Security = Encore Careers.")
Harris Wofford: Great Expectations for National Service
01/23/2009 - 10:22:22am
Among the many people with high hopes for President Obama is Harris Wofford, an 82-year-old former lawyer, serviceman, college president and U.S. senator who crisscrossed America for 21 busy months helping Obama get elected. He’s smiling because he expects the new administration to make good on promises to make national and community service a high priority.
Serve America Act Creates Pathways to Encore Careers
01/16/2009 - 02:57:31pm
Senators Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the "Serve America Act," a bid to expand national and community service opportunities and create "Encore Fellowships" for experienced Americans eager to work on urgent problems in their neighborhoods and the nation.
Boomers Swell Ranks of Peace Corps
12/04/2008 - 01:31:04pm
"How am I ever going to learn a language at 59, live through winters with no heat and no water?" Eileen Marin (left) thought before she joined the Peace Corps and moved to Armenia two years ago. "Well," says the former market research consultant and three-time cancer survivor, "it became my life very quickly."
Baby boomers are fueling an increase in Peace Corps applications as economic uncertainty looms, President-elect Obama's administration takes shape and a generation of retirees turns to overseas service in their encore careers, The Dallas Morning News reports.
By Laura Gassner Otting. Kaplan Publishing, 2007. This book introduces newcomers to the nonprofit sector, providing a wealth of information about how to find the right match. The author, who heads the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, explains the different types of nonprofit, trends in the field, myths and stereotypes, organizational life cycles and more. She offers specific job search tips on topics ranging from resumes and cover letters to networking and strategy.
The break between your midlife work and your encore career can be as short as a weekend or as long as several years. Either way, planning ahead can increase the chances for a successful encore career and save you some money as well.