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
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