Planning an Encore Career?

Planning an Encore Career?

March 25, 2023

If you're approaching 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 decide to return to work on a full- or part-time basis, and 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. If you decide on an encore career but feel like you may need a refresher, consider taking courses to fill gaps in your knowledge or experience. Ensure your computer skills support your new goals. Your encore 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, I can help you evaluate your financial situation so you can make the decision that’s best for YOU!  Call me today at (804) 665-1589 or e-mail me at