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Encore Careers

As we reach our 60s, more and more women are starting encore careers. Not satisfied to “age gracefully,” we are going back to school, becoming nurses, painters and teachers. If you are thinking about starting a new career, we have some tools to help you get started.

3 Types of Mindsets a Mature Woman Can Embrace When Pursuing Professional Reinvention
4 weeks ago

3 Types of Mindsets a Mature Woman Can Embrace When Pursuing Professional Reinvention

At this point in my life, I like to believe that I pretty much know what I think about professional reinvention. As a veteran of several career changes, I’ve given a lot of thought…
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Going Back to Work as a Mature Woman Gives Me 4 Things I Never Had When I Was Younger
1 month ago

Going Back to Work as a Mature Woman Gives Me 4 Things I Never Had When I Was Younger

As I gathered my briefcase, purse, and lunch from my car and headed up to my office this morning, I remembered I’d be welcoming a new co-worker today. She comes from another campus…
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Facing Ageism When Looking for Employment After 60? Don’t Stop Looking – Try Temping!
2 months ago

Facing Ageism When Looking for Employment After 60? Don’t Stop Looking – Try Temping!

Many of us who are of a certain age find ourselves looking for new employment. The reasons are many and varied. What we all have in common though is the reaction we get when we apply for a new position…
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So You Just Lost Your Job After 50? Here Are 10 Ways to Move Forward
3 months ago

So You Just Lost Your Job After 50? Here Are 10 Ways to Move Forward

In the classic movie American Beauty, Lester explains to his daughter that he didn’t “lose” his job. He explains that if this were true, he could have found it again. If this were the case for all of us who’ve experienced losing a job, we wouldn’t be a square peg and would have little need to read ahead. Read More

Finding Purpose in the Encore Years: If You Can’t Do It the Easy Way… There’s Always the Creative One!
4 months ago

Finding Purpose in the Encore Years: If You Can’t Do It the Easy Way… There’s Always the Creative One!

“True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.” — John Gardner. My friend Laurie just retired. At first she was worried. After 35 years teaching at a university, suddenly she no longer had to set her alarm to get up in the morning…
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9 Benefits Boomer Women Can Find in an Encore Career
5 months ago

9 Benefits Boomer Women Can Find in an Encore Career

For many elder boomers, like me, the outdated model of retirement isn’t a good fit today. We’re healthier and living longer than prior generations. Read More

The Painful Truth About Working While On Social Security
5 months ago

The Painful Truth About Working While On Social Security

Can you work and collect Social Security? The simple answer is yes. The more complicated answer is that you may not want to. Read More

How to Dress Successfully for a Portfolio Career as a Boomer Woman
5 months ago

How to Dress Successfully for a Portfolio Career as a Boomer Woman

One of the joys of embracing a portfolio career later in life is that it provides an opportunity to integrate different strands of your professional identity. One challenge I didn’t foresee was how to assemble a wardrobe to complement those multiple selves. Read More

5 Reasons Why Boomers Want to Work in Retirement
5 months ago

5 Reasons Why Boomers Want to Work in Retirement

If I asked you to provide some reasons as to why many Boomers want to continue working in retirement, the most frequent answer would be, “for the money.” I don’t doubt that is the main motive, but I would like to further unpack the issue of Boomers choosing not to stop working. Read More

Embracing a Portfolio Career Later in Life
9 months ago

Embracing a Portfolio Career Later in Life

A year or so before I broke up with my therapist, I arrived at one of our bi-monthly sessions one day, plopped myself down, and announced that we’d be discussing career change. It was a few months after I’d been laid off from my job, and I was beginning to contemplate my next professional move. Read More