“Marci Alboher is the Walt Whitman of the new world of work.” – Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and Free Agent Nation.
Thursday, May 26, 2011, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm EST, 6 pm Zurich, 7 pm Istanbul
Are You Ready for Your Encore?
You’ve met them – the people who have finished midlife careers but need to or want to continue working, the ones who want to do something meaningful, something that makes a difference, something that pays. Or maybe you’re one of them yourself.
Crafting encore careers that combine passion, purpose and a paycheck is a challenge. Few pathways exist, so it's often a do-it-yourself project. Some people haven't written a resume in years and worry about age discrimination. Others will need to go back to school for skills training. Most will need to brush up on technology. And some will prepare for jobs -- green contractors, health care navigators -- that didn't even exist the last time they were looking for work.
How can you move into an encore career -- or guide others who are trying to? Marci Alboher – former New York Times careers columnist and now VP at Civic Ventures, a think tank and advocacy organization leading the charge for encore careers – has answers.
One of the nation’s top experts on career issues and workplace trends, Marci Alboher offers encore career advice through her writing, speaking and media appearances. Marci is Vice President of Civic Ventures. A former blogger and columnist for The New York Times, Alboher is the author of One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success. She wrote the blog Working the New Economy for Yahoo and has been a regular contributor to The Takeaway on public radio. Alboher is regularly called upon for commentary by national media outlets, including NBC’s Today and Nightly News, MSNBC, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, National Public Radio, More and USA Today. She is on the advisory boards of SheWrites.com, a site for women readers and writers, and The Op-Ed Project, which focuses on enlarging the pool of women experts accessing (and accessible to) key print and online forums. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the Washington College of Law at The American University.
Something To Think About
Have you heard the phrase "encore careers"? If so, what does it mean to you?
Encore -- Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life, by Marc Freedman
The Big Shift -- Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, by Marc Freedman
Encore Careers Twitter: www.twitter.com
Marci's Personal Twitter: www.twitter.com...
LinkedIn: Encore Careers Group t.co
Articles/Resources on Encore Careers:
The Getting Started Guide
The Age of the Encore Career Arrives (and not a moment too soon), Fast Company
Some Boomers 'Retire' To Jobs that Help Others, USA Today
Ready for Life's Encore Performances, The New York Times
Discovering Second Acts in Sustained Working Lives, The New York Times
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According to Dan Pink, author of A Whole New MInd, “Marci Alboher is the Walt Whitman of the new world of work.” I've interviewed Dan a couple times, and I know he is very sharp , so I am looking forward to listening to Marci to discover why he calls her the "Walt Whitman of the new world of work." Marci is Vice President of Civic Ventures. A former blogger and columnist for The New York Times, she is the author of One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success. She is regularly called upon for commentary by national media outlets, including NBC’s Today and Nightly News, MSNBC, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, National Public Radio, More and USA Today. Welcome Marci!
- Marci, you’re here to talk to us about encore careers. Can you start us off with a definition -- what is an encore career?
- Could you tell us about your own transition from journalist to media spokesperson for Civic Ventures?
- What is Civic Ventures, what does it do and what’s your role? What's the relationship between Civic Ventures and Encore Careers?
- What’s behind the current interest in encore careers -- is this a new phenomenon or something that’s been going on for a long time?
- This vision of a fleet of later-career folks doing work that provides continued income and also helps others sounds too good to be true. Is it really possible to find these kinds of jobs in the current job market?
- Where do you see the most need and opportunities for encore careerists?
- What are the biggest obstacles and how do people overcome them?
- Are there organizations other than Civic Ventures helping people in their encore transitions?
- You’re working on a how-to book on encore careers. When will it be available and what will it cover?
- Your book won’t be out for a while. What should people do in the meantime if they want to get started on their own encores or counsel others moving into encore careers?
- How does Civic Ventures connect with and relate to other organizations around the country that are interested in advancing the encore careers movement?
- How should career professionals think about the resources of Civic Ventures and Encore Careers with their clients?
Thank you Marci, Now I know why Dan Pink called you the Walt Whitman of the New World of Work.
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