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Goodbye 30-Year Retirements, Hello Encore Years

We need a new map of life. We've been making do with one that was fashioned for an expected longevity of threescore and 10. We shouldn't knock that legacy. At one time, that constituted progress. But we can't stuff a 21st century life span into a life course designed...

Working Past 50 Can Bring More Satisfaction

If you're over 50, chances are that continuing to work -- and being truly engaged in what you do -- will boost your well-being. Researchers at the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College found that people 50 and older are more likely than younger adults to...

Fast Company: Encore Fellowship Suits Career Shifter

The decades-long career is in decline. And for many, that's a good thing. "Tacking swiftly from job to job and field to field, learning new skills all the while, resembles the pattern that increasingly defines our careers," writes Anya Kamenetz in Fast Company...

Expanding Choices for the Next Stage of Work

Retire poor? Grind away at your current job? Find part-time work that a teenager could (and probably wants to) do? Many Americans planning their next stage of life want better choices. One such choice is an encore career, a category that recognizes that what many...

Wall Street Journal, USA Today Detail Intel Encore Endeavor

Since yesterday's announcement that Intel has become the first company to offer Encore Fellowships to all of its U.S. employees approaching retirement, major media have shown major interest. The Wall Street Journal's Don Clark says companies such as Intel understand...

Encore Entrepreneurs: Creating Jobs, Meeting Needs

Mix a slow economy and a shortage of jobs with a large number of aging boomers looking for meaning and purpose in their work. The result is a growing number of "encore entrepreneurs"? seeking to launch income-generating ventures that make a positive difference in...

Nonprofit Launches Own Internal Encore Fellows Program

For more than 35 years, Aspiranet has been dedicated to creating permanent, lifelong connections for children and families located in California. After two years hosting Encore Fellows in the Silicon Valley EF program, Aspiranet has launched its own internal program....

Steve Jobs’ Message for Boomers

I will remember Steve Jobs not for product design, but for life design. In the commencement address Jobs gave to Stanford undergraduates in 2005, he recounts reading a quote at 17 that said if you live each day as if it were your last, someday you'll almost certainly...

What Is Retirement, Anyway?

That's the question NPR asked a few days ago, in the final segment of a series they called Life in Retirement: The Not-So-Golden Years. Here's my answer: Retirements that promise 30 or 40 years of leisure are no longer sustainable for individuals or society. Instead,...

The Dangerous Myth of Reinvention

Two recent news stories show the upside of encore success stories -- and the downside of reinvention myths. BusinessWeek recently posted a slideshow to its site, showcasing 16 people in new, later-life careers. Eight of the 16 are in true encore careers dedicated to...

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