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Topic: Encore Careers

Purpose Prize Winners...Amazing Encore Stories

The Purpose Prize, awarded by Encore.orgis the nation's only large-scale investment in people over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good. The Prize awards $100,000 each to five people in encore careers creating new ways to solve tough social problems. In their 60s, they are changing the world, and with it perceptions of what is possible for millions of others flooding into the second half of life. Click here to read about recent winners and fellows. Nominations for the 2013 Purpose Prize will be open in January. Check here for details.

Mistakes to Avoid When Considering Nonprofit Work

Are you ready to leave your corporate career behind to find work at a nonprofit? That is a laudable goal...but you need to take the time to learn about the unique needs, culture, and expectations of the nonprofit sector before you send out your resume. If you skip doing your homework, you might run into unexpected roadblocks that will stop you from realizing your dream of beginning an "encore career" that combines passion, social purpose, and pay. Keep reading to learn how to approach this new challenge and join the more than 9 million people (ages 44 to 70) who have taken this step successfully.  

Tips for Women Looking for Nonprofit Jobs

The author, a personal finance writer, has seen a rise in the number of women in their 50s and 60s thinking about, and making the switch, from a corporate job to one in a nonprofit. Why it is happening for many in that age may be the realization that there is more to life than making money or, perhaps, the question of what to leave as a legacy. For those gravitating to the nonprofit world, issues of job flexibility (flex time, job-sharing), more opportunities for women (less men apply), and a more collaborative workplace (plus altruism) may be key. These 9 tips and resources are a great starting point. Check out to learn more about Encore Careers.

Books for Embracing the Encore Years

As you enter your "encore" years, you might be considering a career change -- maybe leaving your present job and doing something completely different, even starting a business. You feel ready for change, but are unsure of what to do. Here are some helpful books to guide you. Some are practical, offering step-by-step basics, while others serve as motivation to just get out there and do it. Click here to see what interests you. And, speaking of next steps... check out this book review by Carolyn Walter, Professor Emeritus, Widener University, of Susan Abel Lieberman's "Getting Old is A Full Time Job: Moving on From a Life of Working Hard," that provides 12 steps for dealing with "what's next."

Next Stop: "Next Avenue"

A new "digital destination" for boomers called Next Avenue just launched ... and includes a refreshing blend of journalism by veteran reporters, information gleaned from trusted government leaders, nonprofit agencies, and commercial media outlets; and insights from a renowned private university and PBS stations around the country. The website aims to help boomers deal with the full range of concerns and interests that come into play during this next stage of life —“adult part 2.” Next Avenue invites readers to share their journeys and comment on articles and blog posts.

Encore Fellowships Offered at Nonprofits

Intel is proud to announce that they are the first company to make Encore Fellowships at local nonprofits available to all of its eligible pre-retiree employees nationwide.  Encore Fellowships, created by Civic Ventures, are designed to provide a new source of experienced talent to organizations solving critical social problems, while offering those who have finished midlife careers the chance to transition to encore careers in the nonprofit sector for 6 to 12 months, full or part-time, with a $25,000 stipend. To learn more about this unique program, click here.

Holy Enrollers: Boomers as Divinity Students

Boomers are the fastest-growing demographic at U.S. divinity schools, according to the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The under-30 crowd may still be the largest cohort of students, but the 50 and older group has grown from 12% of students in 1995 to 20% in 2009. Are boomers finding religion? Or are there other reasons for this encore career choice? By the way, this article is written by Melba Newsome, the nationally-recognized author of "Work Gives Meaning to Life," a chapter in the new Coming of Age e-book, The Age for Change.

School Days Revisited

People age 50+, those still working and those retired, are seeking out courses at their local community colleges for a lot of pursue encore careers, leisure-time interests, learn new skills. Many community colleges have been aggressively expanding their courses for this age group, including developing more user-friendly ways for people to re-enter higher education after decades away from the classroom. This U.S. News and World Report article provides some data on the kinds of programs that community colleges are offering and a check-list of what to look for when considering signing up.

Finding Nonprofit Careers in Tough Times

With unemployment soaring and hiring freezes in place at many organizations, it is heartening to know that many nonprofits are still recruiting experienced people. But, as Jeri Sadler, a longtime "rewiring" guru and Michael Watson, a nonprofit human services executive explain, competition for these positions is stiff, so you will need to be strategic and have a specific encore career in mind as you venture into the nonprofit world.  Read their article for valuable tips.

Boomers Reinvent Themselves

“When you’re doing something you really love, it’s not really a job." This is the sentiment of a struggling real estate agent turned nature guide, who has turned her passion for the outdoors into a part-time business. Some boomers are taking the plunge by choice; others have been laid off or have to bolster sliding retirement funds. No matter how the change occurs, there are positive stories in re-invention.