Synopses & Reviews
Nine million baby boomers have already skipped retirement to enjoy meaningful work instead, and another 31 million are hoping to join them soon—that’s 40 million people embarking on encore careers, and 40 million readers who will be looking for help in figuring out how to make this transition. Covering everything those readers will need to know, The Encore Career Handbook is a road map to finding passion, purpose, and a paycheck in the second half of life.
Marci Alboher, a career expert and vice president of Encore.org, the leading think tank on boomers, work, and social purpose, has written the career-change bible for adults age 45 and older. A comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide, filled with inspiring stories of other encore careerists and answering—in extensive FAQ sections—the concerns of its readers, it’s the one book that anyone making a late-career shift will need. It includes assessments and quizzes to help identify passions and interests. How far in advance to plan a transition—but also how to handle a sudden, unexpected layoff. How to determine your “encore number,” the amount of money you need to live. How to update a résumé. Use social media like LinkedIn. Combat age discrimination. Navigate health insurance. Determine the value of going back to school. And finally, specific pathways to 25 viable encore careers.
An encore career is about legacy, for an audience that has reached that point in their lives when it’s time to move from making money to making a difference. It’s about finding the work you’d do out of love, with the added bonus of getting paid.
"An invaluable resource."
--The Associated Press The Associated Press
" A treasure trove for anyone hitting midlife and wondering what's next. Engaging, practical...this book will inspire you to think big and take action!"
--Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
"If enough of us find our encores, we'll become a small army for change: We'll transform the world and ourselves." --Jane Pauley Jane Pauley
"More and more people--sometimes by necessity, but increasingly by choice--are forgoing traditional retirement and inventing a new stage of life and work. Marci Alboher has written the ultimate guidebook to the financial, educational, and even physical adjustments required to create and take full advantage of these opportunities. The Encore Career Handbook
is essential reading for the rest of your life."
--Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
"This is a passage we didn't see coming and this is the book to guide you to reignite--instead of retire."
-- Gail Sheehy, author of Passages and New Passages Gail Sheehy, author of Passages and New Passages
"Marci Alboher has written a fast-paced and hugely helpful guide on how to bow in to your encore career. It's full of stories and advice for those who want to raise the curtain on the next act of life. For this she deserves a standing ovation!"
--Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author
"This book strikes a brilliant balance between illuminating the possibilities of a new life stage and offering practical advice. Marci Alboher will help you give shape to your dreams."
--Suzanne Braun Levine, first editor of Ms. magazine and author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives and How We Love Now Suzanne Braun Levine, first editor of Ms. magazine and author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives and How We Love Now
"For baby boomers who want to reenergize their career and do some good in the world at the same time, this book is an unusually useful guide to investing in entrepreneurial skills, growing your network, finding new opportunities, and embracing uncertainty. Highly recommended!"
--Reid Hoffman, cofounder and chairman, LinkedIn, and coauthor of The Start-up of You Reid Hoffman, cofounder and chairman, LinkedIn, and coauthor of The Start-up of You
"Step-by-step advice and inspiration for finding your dream second (or third!) career."
--Tory Johnson, Good Morning America contributor Tory Johnson, Good Morning America contributor
"An exceptional guide for navigating the changing landscape of the job search in the second half of life. Marci Alboher is the new employment Sherpa... A must-read for anyone looking for work."
--Lester Strong, vice president and chief executive officer, AARP Experience Corps Lester Strong, vice president and chief executive officer, AARP Experience Corps
"Provides a unique framework for introspection, discovery. and adventure. [Its] vignettes of other people's transitions serve as an inspiration to dream fearlessly!"
--Angela F. Williams, senior vice president and general counsel, YMCA of the USA Angela F. Williams, senior vice president and general counsel, YMCA of the USA
"You launched the kids, now it's time to relaunch yourself. This book offers more than nuts and bolts, it inspires courage."
--Sally Koslow, author of Slouching Toward Adulthood
Sally Koslow, author of Slouching Toward Adulthood
"If you want to create a better world for future generations, you've got the right book in your hands."
--Michelle Nunn, chief executive officer, Points of Light, and author of Be the Change Michelle Nunn, chief executive officer, Points of Light, and author of Be the Change
"A terrific resource for the millions of Americans who aren't afraid to dream big and finish strong."
--Greg Baldwin, president, VolunteerMatch Greg Baldwin, president, VolunteerMatch
"With age comes the ability to take things in stride, to know what matters. This book will show you how to take this wisdom and use it as a force for good in the world."
--Laura L. Carstensen, director, Stanford Center on Longevity Laura L. Carstensen, director, Stanford Center on Longevity
"An invaluable resource."
--The Associated Press
"If you're looking for a new passion, purpose, and paycheck in the second half of your life, author Marci Alboher is here to help."
Until recently, most Americans equated the end of a successful career with the beginning of retirement. No more. Now they want to stay in the game (or better, change the game). They want to leave a mark. Make a difference--and continue to make money. From Encore.org, the leading organization in the field, comes a road map to every step of the encore career journey. Here's how to plan the transition. How much you need to make. The pros and cons of going back to school. When to volunteer, and when to intern. How to network effectively and harness the power of social media. Who's hiring and for what jobs? (Check out the Encore Hot List of 35 viable careers). A comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide, filled with inspiring stories and answering--in extensive FAQ sections--the concerns of its readers, this book is everything you need to help you strike a balance between doing good and doing well--in a way that will sustain you through this new stage of life.
About the Author
Marci Alboher is a vice president of Encore.org, the leading nonprofit organization making it easier for millions of people to pursue second acts for the greater good. She is also the author of One Person/Multiple Careers, and created the Shifting Careers column and blog for The New York Times. Her work and commentary have been featured in countless national media outlets including USA Today, and NBC’s Today show. Ms. Alboher lives with her husband in New York City.Follow Marci (@heymarci) and Encore.org (@encorecareers) on Twitter.