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EXPLORE YOUR ENCORE POSSIBILITIES

Are you intrigued by the idea of an encore career – but stymied about how to get from here to there? How do you even begin to figure out how to channel your experience and talent into work that provides meaning and helps solve social problems?

In this section you’ll find help determining what type of work engages your heart and taps your natural gifts, practical advice on assessing your skills and interests, and tips on financing your encore career.

  • Find your calling
  • Understand that you're not alone
  • Get the lowdown on the financial realities

ASSESS YOUR SKILLS AND INTERESTS

Get tips for zeroing in on an encore career that motivates you and uses your talents.
Learn what ignites your passions
Discover three paths to happiness in your encore career

On The Money

Three questions to help you think about how to finance an encore career:

  1. How much money do you need for your encore career? More >
  2. Can you prepare to live with less? More >
  3. How can you finance the transition to your encore career? More >

THREE PATHS TO HAPPINESS IN AN ENCORE CAREER

Encore careers combine continued income, social impact and personal fulfillment. But while it's relatively straightforward to calculate continued income and even possible to measure social impact, it’s more difficult to know, in advance, if an encore career will provide personal fulfillment.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE…

PLANNING AHEAD?

Jobs are tight now, but a labor economist says there will be more jobs than people in coming years.

Read the report and get a preview of emerging jobs in the coming years in education, health care and the green economy.

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THE BIG SHIFT

The New York Times calls The Big Shift: Navigating the
New Stage Beyond MIdlife
by Encore.org founder
and CEO Marc Freedman “an imaginative work with
the potential to affect our individual lives and
our collective future.”

More >

HARVARD EQUIPS LEADERS FOR ENCORES

The Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative prepares experienced leaders to transition to community and public service in the next phase of their careers. More >

CALENDAR

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WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE?

In this updated version of the classic, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, author Richard Bolles offers practical advice for navigating one of the toughest job markets in years, with special focus on career switchers. More >

THE IDEALIST GUIDE TO NONPROFIT CAREERS FOR SECTOR SWITCHERS

This essential resource for encore jobseekers outlines how to move from volunteering to rewarding nonprofit careers.

THE BENEFITS OF A MULTIGENERATIONAL WORKFORCE

Unlike any other time in history, people from four generations are on the job together. Encore.org, with support from MetLife Foundation, commissioned three essays exploring today’s multigenerational workforce.