Encore Careers: Your Top 7 Resources for a Rewarding Second Act
More and more boomers nearing retirement are contemplating a career change. Whether they'd like a job that allows them to help others or are just bored from decades at the same company, they're increasingly finding more reasons to jump into a second career. Also, rewarding encore careers allow boomers who are already in retirement to stay engaged and to share their accumulated experience and wisdom, all while stretching out their nest egg.
Whether you're looking for a 180-degree change or wanting to build on the rich experience you already have in your field, it's wise to start by volunteering, moonlighting, and taking second gigs in the area you'd like to transition into, as well as researching your options. Not sure of where to start? These 7 websites will give you the advice and information you need to start turning your dream into reality.
With its treasure trove of articles, information, and tips on encore careers, as well as job boards and career advice, this website is a necessary first stop on the path to an encore career. Plus, with its extensive social media network, it makes it easy to connect with other boomers making the same transition.
Over 100,000 nonprofits worldwide post jobs and volunteer opportunities on Idealist.org. Not finding the gig you're looking for? Browse the website's comprehensive listings of all nonprofits in your area, and use the contact information to approach that nonprofit directly. Bridgespan.org and CGCareers.org also have comprehensive job listings.
Want to work in nonprofits, but have zero experience in nonprofit work? This page on Philanthropy.com gives advice on breaking into the nonprofit world, how to build a nonprofit career, and how to earn the skills and education that you'll need for work in this sector.
Many boomers dream of sharing their wisdom through a second-act teaching career. Teach-Now.com makes this happen. This website specializes in helping people already in the workforce to earn their teaching certification. The nine-month program can be completed remotely, so you can earn your certification while still working your day job.
Up for a more momentous change? Peace Corps offers two-year volunteer programs in over 60 countries. Whether your interest is in education or health, environment or agriculture, the Peace Corps has a placement for that. Though the positions are unpaid, they do come with free language and technical training, full medical and dental coverage, and plentiful vacation days. Plus, upon completion of the two-year contract, each volunteer receives job support, advantages in federal employment, and a generous bonus—not to mention a sense of satisfaction and really big memories. After all, that's what an encore career is all about.