When I made an unconventional mid-life career change 10 years ago, I didn’t realize I was on the cutting edge of a growing trend called Encore Careers.
An Encore career combines purpose, passion and a paycheck in the second half of life.
Until recently, most Americans equated the end of a successful career with the beginning of retirement. No more. Now they want to stay in the game (or better, change the game). They want to leave a mark. Make a difference—and continue to make money.
Marci Alboher (a lawyer turned journalist wrote a book called Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and Make a Difference in the Second Half of LIfe. The book is a virtual road map to help mid-lifers determine their next career path.
I wish this book had been available when I was making my career change. (I am briefly profiled in the book)
Here is a brief description of it:
“A comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide, filled with inspiring stories and answering—in extensive FAQ sections—the concerns of its readers, this book is everything you need to help you strike a balance between doing good and doing well–in a way that will sustain you through this new stage of life.
The pros and cons of going back to school. When to volunteer, and when to intern. How to network effectively and harness the power of social media. Who’s hiring and for what jobs? (Check out the Encore Hot List of 35 viable careers).”