Maybe You Can Afford a Gap Year, After All

My colleague Marc Freedman has been talking up the idea of midlife gap years – a time to take stock, take a step back, and figure out next steps. It needn’t be a full year, though there is something about a full cycle of seasons that seems consistent with beginning a...

How Can Couples Make Encore Career Decisions?

Say you’re ready for an encore career, but you have a partner who wants to retire to the golf course. Or you want to work part-year and travel, while your spouse wants to continue working full-time and stay put. A new book, The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10...

Harvard Business Review: A Gap Year for Grown-ups

Thousands of college-bound teenagers take a gap year to rest up and gear up for what’s next. Why not make the same opportunity available for their parents? That’s the question Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures and author of The Big Shift:...

New York Times, USA Today and Others Praise Big Shift

With a 14-city book tour underway, Marc Freedman is spreading the word about a new stage of life between midlife and old age. And while he’s attracting attention from boomers searching for meaning during that stage, he’s also gaining interest from national...

Forbes Examines Encore Careers for Boomers

In its upcoming April 11 issue, Forbes magazine focuses on boomers “Writing New Chapters.” Journalist and author Kerry Hannon introduces us to people who abandoned “the retirement fantasy of gardening, golfing and lounging on the beach” in favor of meaningful work....