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Required Reading: The Encore Career Handbook

Stria Staff March 9, 2019

The book was recommended by Cal J. Halvorsen, PhD, MSW, an assistant professor at the Boston College School of Social Work and Encore Public Voices Fellow. Read his essay for Stria.

I spend a lot of time thinking about the need and desire for people to work longer. I’m also particularly interested in helping people live out the ideals of what the developmental psychologist Erik Erikson called generativity, or the desire to give back to future generations as one gets older. That’s why I often recommend Marci Alboher’s The Encore Career Handbook to people looking to transition to new, socially impactful work.

I know Marci personally and trust her judgement and experience working with career changers, and I’ve worked with groups who use some of the book’s activities and worksheets to brainstorm what’s next in their working lives. There are also free discussion guides and worksheets online to supplement the book. While it may seem like I get a commission from sales, I most certainly do not! It’s just, simply stated, a helpful resource.

Cal J. Halvorsen

The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life
By Marci Alboher

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.(from the publisher)

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