I will remember Steve Jobs not for product design, but for life design.
In the commencement address Jobs gave to Stanford undergraduates in 2005, he recounts reading a quote at 17 that said if you live each day as if it were your last, someday you'll almost certainly be correct.
Research confirms that there’s a strong desire on the part of adults over 50 for encore careers – paid work with social purpose and personal meaning. And there’s also a real need for their talent in the social sector. The big challenge is bridging the gap – connecting encore talent with employers who need it.
People over 40 are finding that their efforts to earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) are paying off, at least at one school.
The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis conducted a survey of MSW students over 40 from the past 10 years to determine if they got what they came for – mainly, a supportive environment and a career in social work.
An annual event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, National Employ Older Workers Week is a call to action for employers and employees alike to recognize the value and necessity of experienced workers in our nation’s workforce.
LinkedIn has added a new feature to its already impressive repertoire. The new “Volunteer Experience & Causes” feature allows users to showcase their volunteer experience to would-be employers.
Why add this feature? LinkedIn recently compiled a survey of nearly 2,000 professionals in the U.S. and found that 89 percent of the survey participants had volunteer experience, but only 45 percent listed it on their resumes.
The list of 2011 CNN Heroes – 24 “everyday people changing the world” – includes Wilma Melville, chosen for the work she’s done in her encore career to strengthen disaster response in the United States.
Two recent news stories show the upside of encore success stories – and the downside of reinvention myths.
BusinessWeek recently posted a slideshow to its site, showcasing 16 people in new, later-life careers. Eight of the 16 are in true encore careers dedicated to the greater good, and two of these are ones we know well.
Ray Anderson, a winner of The Purpose Prize in 2007 for his advocacy on behalf of sustainable business practices, died this week of cancer at the age of 77.
Anderson founded and led Interface, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of modular carpet tiles. His life changed in 1996, when, at age 60, he made a radical decision to eliminate Interface’s environmental footprint by 2020.
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My colleague Marc Freedman has been talking up the idea of midlife gap years – a time to take stock, take a step back, and figure out next steps. It needn’t be a full year, though there is something about a full cycle of seasons that seems consistent with beginning a move into a new life stage. We allow young people lots of time for wandering and experimenting, why not the same for those in their encore years?
In this resource brief, community colleges in Civic Ventures’ Encore College Initiative share tips for tracking student outcomes in programs for people 50 and older seeking encore careers in education, healthcare, social services and the emerging green economy.
Thousands of college-bound teenagers take a gap year to rest up and gear up for what’s next. Why not make the same opportunity available for their parents?
That’s the question Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures and author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, asks in a new Harvard Business Review blog post titled, “A Gap Year for Grown-ups.”