Introduction to Retirement & Encore Careers

What's Next? Retirement/Encore Careers

If you find yourself suddenly – or gradually – raising your head to “take a breath” after 20, 30 or more years of focusing on driving your career forward, the landscape can seem pretty intimidating. How do plan your next move, whether it be partial or full retirement, or some kind of encore career?

Maybe you simply haven’t had time or opportunity to assess what’s out there, or perhaps you’ve long had an idea in the back of your head but are just not sure how to turn that idea into reality.

Some questions to consider:
  • How much stability do you need? What about benefits?
  • Are you interested in continuing to work in a way that allows you to “give back” – or are you thinking of something completely new/entrepreneurial?
  • Are you comfortable with a flexible schedule?
  • How risk averse are you?

RESOURCES: articles, books & related websites

The Encore Career Handbook by Marci Alboher

Second-Act Careers by Nancy Collamer

The Five Years Before You Retire by Emily Guy Birken

Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream Career Over 50 by John Tarnoff

It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity & Meaning at Midlife by Julia Cameron

Purposeful Retirement Guide & Workbook by Hyrum W. Smith