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You Can Do an Encore Career!

| April 16, 2024

As you think toward your retirement days, you might envision travel, relaxation, and family time. But is there room in your dream retirement for a new career as well? It’s not uncommon for those who retire to eventually return to work on a full- or part-time basis.

The reason for encore careers isn’t always an income-based need. You may find you miss the social interaction or the sense of accomplishment from working. A second career can also keep your mind sharp, offer a sense of connection, and provide the means to indulge in some added luxuries.

Here are a few tips to help you choose and prepare for an encore career that’s right for you:

Network. Think outside your current industry and connections. Your experience could come in handy to people that may not have the same type of experience in the industry you do. Keep your LinkedIn profile updated, and join networking groups in areas that you’d like to explore.

Volunteer. Volunteering opens your professional circle and gives you early insight on paid jobs within the non-profit world. There are many great resources that can help to connect you with the right organization based on your passions. Two to check out are Volunteer Match and Create the Good. If you particularly enjoy working with youth, check out CoGenerate.

Continuing Education. Once you’ve decided on what your next career may be, take any necessary courses to fill any gaps in your knowledge or experience. Ensure your computer skills support your new goals. Your current employer may even offer tuition reimbursement, so be sure to look into that too.

The best part about planning for an encore career is the freedom to pick something you’ve always wanted to do. Whether you’re looking forward to traditional retirement or a second career, we can help you evaluate your financial situation so you can make the decision that’s best for you!