Every day thousands of Americans turn 55 years old with no plans of retiring anytime soon. (If retirement is still decades away for you, then consider reading on for a parent or a friend.) Many people today are looking for ways to have a social impact during an age that once was thought of as the “golden years” — a time of life when the glossy magazines say you”re supposed to be content to spend your final years luxuriating on a golf course. The problem is, for millions of people, the so-called retirement years are going to last upwards of three decades! That”s why many people are pursuing encore careers, purposeful work in the second half of life.
The world has no shortage of problems in need of experienced fixers, but the pathways to this new stage of work are unclear; they are just being forged. One organization that has been leading the way helping people to navigate this new terrain is