Washington University, Brown School of Social Work

The Brown School has a distinguished history of preparing its students for leadership roles in social impact work. Now, the School also serves as a connector, providing training and support for older adults looking to transition into service-oriented careers. Launched in 2014, the Next Move initiative is led by Nancy Morrow-Howell, one of the nation’s leading researchers on healthy aging.

Through workshops and opportunities for graduate coursework, aspiring career-changers learn to apply their experience to make a difference. Programs ranging from three to twelve hours are offered to help encore-seekers explore options and plan their transitions. The sessions provide tools for:

  • Connecting with like-minded people and expanding your network,
  • Conveying your skills, passion and needs,
  • Engaging your talents and interests in ways that are consistent with your purpose, passion and identity,
  • Exploring aspirations and goals for a service-oriented encore career, crafting a plan and taking action and
  • Managing a career change.

Instructors are drawn from the University’s faculty and staff, as well as experienced professionals in nonprofit
management, career development, career transition, networking, coaching and counseling.

Read about Brown School graduate Poem Swenzell here.