Here’s an organization that is changing lives, in every sense of the word. Encore.org (www.encore.org) “provides free, comprehensive information that helps individuals transition to jobs in the nonprofit world and the public sector.” The site is published by Civic Ventures, a national, nonprofit think tank designed to focus on boomers, work and social purpose. Pretty good, right? It’s downright great in my book.
Encore careers are positions that benefit society while utilizing the experience, life skills and passion of those of us in the second half. Consider these stories: Jan Albert, who was laid off from her real estate job, trained as a caregiver. She and her sister now manage their own home care business; Wylie Schwieder, a former corporate manager, now teaches high school math; Army veteran Cecil Whiteaker joined a sheriff’s department. He currently mentors younger employees and counsels inmates; Sharon Ridings took her 21 years financial industry experience, six years in the gaming industry, and a “leap of faith” to begin a position as National Training Manager for the U.S. EPA. (For more inspiring Encore career stories, go to www.encore.org/connect/stories.)
Want to mix thing up in your life while making a real difference? Seems like a win/win and we all have Encore.org to thank!
Let me know if you get involved. I’d love to pass on your success story!