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.

4 years ago

How to Redefine Yourself When You Are Made Redundant

I’m about to lose my job. It’s a long story, but the Reader’s Digest version is that I work for a large, British NGO in London that just lost a big chunk of its government funding.

As a result of that decision, my entire department is being shut down at the end of July. Read More

4 years ago

5 Ways to Discover Your Skills and Start a New Career After 50

The first phase in preparing for a job interview is to gain a better understanding of your own interests and single out what you bring to the table. This is a critical first step. Read More

5 years ago

Start Your New Career at 50: These Traits More Important Than Your Résumé

It is well understood that hiring managers primarily choose a candidate based upon a perceived chemistry. How will this candidate fit into our culture? Will I want to be around them for the large amount of time I spend at work? Read More

5 years ago

Forget the Golf Course! Your Local Coffee Shop May Spark Your Encore Career

The way we conduct business keeps changing and will keep changing. It used to be the golf course was one of the best places to do business outside the office.
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5 years ago

Are You Wearing a Costume to Work? Maybe it’s Time for an Encore Career!

I ran into a former colleague at a party recently. He told me that despite having a prestigious and well-paying job in the private sector, he felt like he needed to move on from his current position because he’s been wearing a “costume” to work for the past two years. Read More

5 years ago

Discover the Power of Weak Ties to Rejuvenate Your Career After 50

You are probably wondering, “What the heck are weak ties and how can they help me rejuvenate my career?” Most of us who are in the second half of life have had a hiccup or two within our careers sometime during the last 15 years. That includes me. Read More

5 years ago

Are You Dealing with Being Unemployed as an Older Woman?

Being unemployed as an older woman is a stressful, frustrating experience. It’s also a situation that few of us imagined we would be in just a few years ago. Read More

6 years ago

3 Reasons to Consider Working After Retirement that Have Nothing to Do with Money

Many women over 60 are working after retirement. There is often a financial reason for continuing to work after the traditional retirement age, whether it’s to pay medical bills, to make retirement savings last longer, or to adjust to life after a divorce. Working after retirement “just because we need the money” often creates a sense of regret that something is being missed. Read More

7 years ago

Boomers Are Masters of Career Reinvention. Now it’s Time for an Encore

Baby boomers have always been masters of reinvention. In every decade of our lives, we have challenged the status quo and lived life on our own terms. Some have accused us of being selfish for exactly this reason. But, deep down, our attempts to reinvent ourselves were rooted in our desire to get the most from life. Read More

7 years ago

Older Workers Having a Tough Time Getting Their Groove Back, AARP Survey Says

The Great Recession, which officially lasted from December 2007 to June 2009, was hard on older workers. In the years following the financial crisis, people from all walks of life struggled to find work – and those lucky enough to have savings found them greatly depleted. The good news is that, on paper, the economy is on the mend. Read More