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ABOUT ENCORE CAREERS

Interested in work that will help you leave the world a better place than you found it? You’re in the right place. Encore careers combine personal fulfillment, social impact and continued income, enabling people to put their passion to work for the greater good.

If the old golden years dream was the freedom from work, the dream of this new wave is the freedom to work – in new ways, on new terms, to new and even more important ends.
The goal: doing what you love, helping others and getting paid for it.

  • Read stories about others in encore careers
  • Check out an excerpt from the book The Big Shift
  • Watch this animation for a definition of encore careers

THE POTENTIAL

What kind of work will 78 million boomers do in their 50s, 60s and beyond? Tens of millions are interested in encore careers. Find out why and what kind of work people want.

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THE NEED

A labor economist predicts there will be more jobs than people to fill them by 2018, making encore workers an increasingly crucial part of the workforce. Find out which sectors will be most in need and will have the most opportunities.

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ENCORE POLICY

Changes in policy and major innovations have to occur in areas such as higher education, workforce training and national service to make it easier for millions to find encore careers.

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ENCORE PATHWAYS

How will people prepare for encore careers? Colleges and nonprofit organizations are creating various pathways, including specialized job training and Encore Fellowships.

Learn more about encore employers here.

THE CASE FOR ENCORE CAREERS

Boomers make up the largest, healthiest, best-educated population of Americans. Those on the leading edge of the generation are pioneers in a new stage spanning the decades between middle and late life.

Neither young nor old, they represent an extraordinary resource.

THE BIG SHIFT, THE BOOK

Encore.org founder and CEO Marc Freedman explains an emerging, productive stage of life for people who are neither young nor old.

Read an excerpt

FIRST-PERSON VIDEOS

Hear people in encore careers talk about how they’re applying their experience in new ways. More>

GET STARTED GUIDE

This guide starts you on your encore career journey by answering 12 common questions. More>

WANTED: ENCORE CAREERS

As many as 9 million people ages 44 to 70 are in encore careers – and 31 million more are interested in joining them. Check out this and other research by Encore.org.

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ENCORE PUBLICATIONS

Check out the latest encore research and other reports. More >