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Is an Encore Career in Your Future?

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The more 60-somethings I talk with about retirement, the more I hear about staying engaged and encore careers.  While for some it’s a matter of money, many are looking for that experience that caps off a career — the one you can feel good about, that you made a difference.  While baby boomers will probably want to claim it as their own, I think people have been doing this for years — we just didn’t know what to call it.

With Father’s Day approaching I can’t help but think about my Dad – who retired young — and then didn’t quite know what to do with himself.  The idea of an encore career might have been just right for him.  I do know that watching him age without the definition of work makes me committed to continuing to work in some way as long as I’m able.

So if you’re thinking about an encore career, or simply want to find out more about it, there’s a webinar later this week you might want to tune into.

You can join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen, best-selling author Daniel Gilbert (Stumbling to Happiness), and Civic Ventures CEO Marc Freedman (author of Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life) in a discussion on all aspects of preparing for an encore career.  It is moderated by ABC’s Charles Gibson and sponsored by Merrill Lynch (I’m not affiliated in any way with Merrill Lynch).  The free, live event takes place during a webcast this Thursday, June 17, at 8 p.m. (ET).

Retirement planning tends to be a lot about money — how much do you need, how are you going to spend it, save  more of it etc.  But an equally important part is what are you going to do with your time and how will you stay engaged, if that’s what you want to do. An interesting panel, free, and in the comfort of your own home – sounds like a great way to gather more perspective on encore careers.

Written by Laura Rossman

June 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm