Resources for Encore Seekers

The Encore Career Handbook

Itching to get started on your encore, but don’t know where to start?

Check out The Encore Career Handbook, a comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide to making a difference and a living in the second half of life.

For an in-depth look at the book, written by Encore.org Vice President, Marci Alboher, a former New York Times career columnist, click here.

Read Stories of People Making a Difference
in Their Second Acts

She served in law enforcement. In her encore, she's serves the healthcare needs of rural kids.

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K. Marie Tyler

Hillsboro, OR

The experience of cancer made her a champion of early screening and education in her community.

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Grace Butler

Houston, TX

He mentors youth and participates in elder services in his Tennessee community.

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Brij Singh

Hixson, TN
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Below are a few suggestions of programs and sites to help you get started in your encore.

Resources from Encore.org

  • Visit our Encore Network page to learn about organizations offering people age 50+ new ways to connect work and contribute for the greater good.
  • Visit our Research and Publications page for guides and papers providing ideas for people seeking encores in areas such as healthcare, education and the environment.
  • Encore Fellowships Network offers paid, time-limited fellowships that match skilled, experienced professionals with social-purpose organizations in high-impact assignments.
  • Visit our Financial Inclusion Resource page to learn about financial inclusion and how to get involved.

Give your time and/or your skills

  • AARP Experience Corps is a national leader in engaging older adult tutors to improve K-3 student literacy in disadvantaged schools.
  • Catch-a-Fire provides talented individuals with meaningful pro bono experiences in order to build capacity for social good organizations
  • Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service.
  • Executive Service Corps is a national network of organizations that provide consulting, coaching, facilitation and other services to strengthen nonprofits, schools and government organizations.
  • HandsOn Network AARP inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world.
  • Idealist.org’s mission is to close the gap between intention and action by connecting people, organizations, ideas, and resources.
  • Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods.
  • Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring partners with school districts in 20 U.S. cities to engage volunteer tutors who help children in grades K-3 build reading skills, confidence and enthusiasm for learning.
  • ReServe is an innovative resource that matches continuing professionals 55+ with the nonprofits that need them.
  • Taproot Foundation is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society.
  • Third Sector New England (interim executive director roles) builds the leadership and effectiveness of individuals, groups, and nonprofits to support a more just and democratic society.
  • Volunteer Match brings good people and good causes together.

Find transition support

  • AARP Life Reimagined involves six practices that guide you through change. Think of it as a personalized guidance system. Start where you are in your life, and see where the possibilities lead you.
  • Coming of Age helps people 50+ explore their future, connect and contribute through opportunities, both paid and unpaid, in their communities; and provides training to nonprofits.
  • Life Planning Network is a community of professionals and organizations from diverse disciplines dedicated to helping people navigate the second half of life.
  • Project Renewment is a book, forum and movement for women 55+ to create a future of meaning, growth and contribution.
  • The Transition Network is a nonprofit that creates inclusive communities for women 50+ in personal or professional transitions who are seeking new connections, resources and opportunities to grow and contribute.

Explore social sector jobs

  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, grant makers and others involved in the philanthropic enterprise.
  • Idealist’s mission is to close the gap between intention and action by connecting people, organizations, ideas, and resources.
  • The National Older Worker Career Center provides experienced workers using cost-effective, flexible, innovative and contemporary staffing options for two government agencies – the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  • Opportunity Knocks is a career site with “jobs that change the world.”
  • Retirement Jobs features jobs for people over 50 (including volunteer opportunities.)
  • Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.
  • The Virtual Career Network can help you prepare and qualify for a well-paying job and a rewarding career in healthcare or the green economy by connecting you to the education and training you need.

For more ideas, consult the resources section of The Encore Career Handbook.

If you would like to suggest a resource for encore seekers — either a website or an organization operating in multiple locations — please email [email protected] with your suggestion.

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