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5 Tips For Starting Off On Your Encore Career

So you’re ready to take a second attempt at the career you want? You’re not alone. Plenty of boomer professionals are doing the same, re-entering the workforce or switching career paths in hopes of pursuing something new. But how exactly do you achieve that? Well, it’s not easy, as anyone who has tried can vouch for, but most everyone that seeks out an encore career is doing so based on passion and that can get you a long way. So how do you find that new career path that will leave you fulfilled? What do you need to know? How can you prepare for the journey? There is no quick path or sure-fire approach, but here are a few tips that can get you off and running towards that career you’ve always wanted.

What are your goals?

When searching for a job, you don’t want to be too rigid or specific about what you’re looking for, because the odds of the exact job you want being available is just not great. At the same time, you definitely want to have a solid idea of what you’re looking for. What do you want to achieve with this new career? How do you want it to differ from what you did before? Having answers to these questions and understanding your own preferences gives you a solid guideline to work from. An encore career is only worthwhile if you are able to do it your own way, so make sure you know what way that is before getting started.

Be realistic.

While you can pretty much seek out any avenue you’d like for your career, when it comes to actually achieving it, you need to be a little more realistic. Starting a business based on a genuine passion of yours is an achievable dream, but that doesn’t mean you’re ready to pursue it yet. You need to consider a great number of things, including the skills required to make it happen, the market for that type of business, the money needed to develop the idea. That’s just for starters. Again, this is not something that is going to be easy and if the hill that is necessary to climb seems too high to you, that may be that is a sign you shouldn’t climb it at all. But if you’re willing to give it your all and are realistic about what needs to be done and the likely results, there’s no reason to hesitate.

Network.

As we have said again and again, in this day and age of job searching, networking is the best tool at your disposal. That is equally true when we’re talking about starting an encore career. Just because you’ve done it all before, don’t assume you have some sort of shortcut to finding a job. You need to approach this like anyone else who’s looking to start a career. You need to meet people and form relationships, and being that this is an encore career, you’ll need to grow your network beyond your old contacts. Move outside your comfort zone and embrace your inexperience. You’re the new kid on the block so don’t be shy about seeking advice and help from others. Meet new people in the field you’re interested in, talk to younger professionals, build a whole new network. No one said you have to do this alone.

Volunteer.

While networking is extremely important, there’s no beating experience when you’re seeking a new job. But how do you get experience in a new career if you’re just starting out? The answer is volunteer. When you settle on the field of work that interests you, start looking for volunteer opportunities that will give you experience in that field. It might only be a small bit of work, but if you keep seeking out those opportunities, that experience will continue to grow and continue to teach you more about the business. Aside from that, volunteering is also a great way to grow your network, as well as start building relationships with businesses you admire.

Learn more.

Knowledge is the greatest tool you can have when seeking a new path. It can be daunting to start something new, but the more prepared you are the less daunting it becomes. And the best way to prepare is by learning as much as you can. Absorb everything you can about the subject you’re interested in. Look into the field and the skills necessary to succeed in the business. Take classes to fill those skill gaps. Think about when you started you first career and all the work you had to put in to become a professional. If you’re not willing to put the same effort in for your encore career, then what’s the point?

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What To Look For In Your Encore Career

Last week we discussed the concept of the encore career and how it might appeal to so many boomers. With that in mind, this week we turn our attention to what is needed for a successful encore career. It is clear that this is a path that interests many boomers and part of that appeal, as we discussed in the previous piece, comes down to having more control over their careers this time around. But in order to have that control, one needs to approach their encore careers informed and with a plan.  Despite your years of experience in the workforce, it’s a daunting thing to take on new challenges no matter your age. So when you are considering your encore career, what do you need to keep in mind?

Why do you want to keep working?

Absolutely your purpose for going back to work is one of the most important factors. As we’ve said many times before, there are a number of reasons for rejoining the workforce. A lot of attention is paid to the fact that many boomers may not have saved enough to comfortably retire which forces them back to work. Some people are scared of the boredom retirement could bring and use work as a way of staying active. Others seek to explore their passions or bring new purpose to their career. For many people, their reasons for returning to work could be a combination of all three. The truth is there is no wrong answer for why you want to return to work, but understanding your own reasons is important. Knowing why you want to keep working allows you to set out your goals, approach it the right way and achieve what you want to get out of it in the end.

What changes do you want to make?

What do you like about your current or past career? What were some of the highlights? What were some of the things you had problems with? If you could do it all again, what would you change? What would your ideal career look like? These are all excellent questions to ask yourself when exploring your options for an encore career. Again, this is your chance to take a second crack at your career, but this time on your own terms. Identifying what you liked and what you didn’t like means you can help to shape your encore career to fit your preferences. This could include preferences like working from home, no business travel, more collaboration or any number of other details that will make this career all the more fulfilling.

What would make it all worth while?

Now comes the most difficult question to answer. It takes a bit of the insight from the previous two questions but also requires some serious self-reflection as well. What you need to do is reflect on your new career path and think about what the end goal is. Again, why are you returning to work? But go deeper than that. Pursuing a passion is a good reason to return to work, but after you’ve returned, what direction is next? Returning to work is a sacrifice. As much as you might think retirement isn’t for you, you are giving up time to go back to work. What would make that decision undoubtedly worth while? When it’s all said and done, what would make you happy with the decision you made? See, not an easy one to answer. But the beautiful thing about an encore career is that it puts you in the driver’s seat. You are the one making the decisions and the answers to these questions can only come from you.

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Are You Ready For Your Encore Career?

We often talk about how boomers have redefined the concept of retirement for the modern professional world. It’s not hard to see how people have come to that conclusion, as retirement has become an almost outdated concept with no defined age, and many have abandoned retirement altogether to pursue other career ambitions. But in that regard, maybe it’s not so much the concept of retirement that boomers have redefined, but rather the concept of career.

It seems much more appropriate, seeing as boomers seem to have little interest for retirement in the first place, but they do certainly seem interested in exploring new areas of career. Which brings us to the concept of the encore career.

The simple definition of an encore career is the professional path taken once you leave behind your so-called “primary career”. It’s a path that boomers have warmly embraced, and you might even say they invented it when it’s all said and done. There are some different reasons for the encore career, including financial necessity, but unlike returning to your previous career, there is something more to the encore career that suggests a new outlook concerning the professional world.

Encore career is really, at the risk of sounding over-dramatic, a second chance. Boomers have long ago understood that come the age of 60, they are not ready to kick up their feet and preoccupy themselves with golf for the rest of their lives. However, while staying in the workforce is appealing to them, they develop a new perspective of their place in the professional world. While financial gains can still remain a factor, passion and purpose begin to rise on the priority list. They seek opportunities to pursue those long held dreams or to participate in work that holds a special significance for them.

Starting to sound familiar?

By now, you know if an encore career is what you want. And for those who don’t choose this path, there is nothing wrong with that. Some can find contentment in retirement through their lifestyles, interests and hobbies, and more power to them. But if an encore career sounds like that very thing you’ve been seeking, the question becomes, what are you waiting for?

Some boomers fear the pursuit of their encore career because of the small but loud voices criticism and negativity that say it’s too late to start again, and you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. It’s true, leaving behind a career that you’ve held for 20-30 years and trying something else can be terrifying, as can putting yourself in the vulnerable position of pursuing a passion. But in reality, it’s not so much starting again as it is taking a do-over, but this time on your own terms. As for the thoughts that you’re too old to learn the new skills necessary for an encore career, let me remind you every change you’ve adapted to over your career. No generation has been witness to more significant changes to the professional world as boomers have. Your whole career has been learning new tricks.

Remember, boomers have changed the concept of career so why not take advantage of it? This isn’t your second act, this is your chance to do things your way, everything that came before was just a warm-up.

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Encore: An Exclusive Interview With Brian Mulroney

This article was originally published on July 5, 2017.

Welcome to Encore, brought to you by BoomersPlus! On this weekly show, hosted by Costas Halavrezos, we examine the world of the baby boomers through a variety of exciting avenues. We are joined each week by an expert guest to discuss their field and how it relates to the audience of the boomers.

The election of Donald Trump in the United States and his intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement has suddenly brought Canada’s former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney back into the national conversation. As a friend of President Trump, and an architect of both the original Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA, Mr. Mulroney has been advising the Trudeau government on how to approach any renegotiation. At the same time, his voice is being heard on such subjects as the growing concern over Russia’s military threat and Canada’s place in NATO.



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ENCORE: What You Need To Know About Medical Marijuana

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by BoomersPlus. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

The legalization of recreational marijuana has received a good deal of attention since it was announced, but a good deal of Canadians are more focused on the medicinal use of the drug. Using marijuana to treat pain and other ailments is not a new idea, but with access to it becoming much easier, many people are becoming more curious as to what it might offer to their conditions– especially within the boomer community. How effective is it as a pain relief method? What methods can I use for taking the drug? What are the side effects? These are just some of the questions Canadians have about medical marijuana use and Dr. David Lussier has the answers. Dr. Lussier specializes in research of chronic pain at the Geriatric Institute of the University of Montreal. He joins us for an in depth look at the many questions surrounding marijuana for medical use, and the possible benefits it was for the aging mind.



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ENCORE: Canada’s Boomers Are Over-Housed

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by Boomersplus.com. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

So many baby boomers, too many bedrooms. That’s the unusual housing problem many Canadians are dealing with now. The technical term is “over-housed”, referring to those people who are living in homes that exceed their needs. While others try to find affordable homes for their young families, boomers are trying to find ways to fill their empty homes. Our guest today is Paul Smetanin, President of the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis. He says that in Ontario alone there are more than 5 million bedrooms and spare rooms going unused. He joins us to discuss some of the reasons for how this issue became so severe and what can be done to alleviate the problem.



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ENCORE: The Laughs Keep Coming With Neil Aitchison

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by Boomersplus.com. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

Much is said about Canada’s unique legacy of nurturing great comedic minds. However, our funniest men and women don’t always find the need to head to Hollywood or join Saturday Night Live, some of them are perfectly content to stay right at home and making their fellow Canadians laugh. Such is the case with Neil Aitchison, who has had a long career as Kitchner-Waterloo’s favourite funnyman. He is an actor, public speaker, emcee and is perhaps best known as lovable Mountie Constable Archibald F. Inkster. He is also the frequent host of annual Mayor’s Dinners, a beloved community event in Kitchner. He joins us to discuss his long history of making people laugh and the power of comedy.



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ENCORE: Fulfilling Your Dream Getaway With Merit Travel

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by Boomersplus.com. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

As the boomer generation ages, their thirst for adventure seems to intensify. Older groups are some of the most frequent travelers and their travel trends indicate their desire to explore new and exciting opportunities, specifically through luxury international travel. Our guest today is Lori Copeland, Director of Product and Cruise Development with Merit Travel. Her focus is on those luxury vacations that seem to be attracting more and more boomer travelers. She joins us today to discuss how her organization helps to shape the ideal vacation to meet the desires of any traveler.



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ENCORE: What Does Wealth Mean To You?

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by Boomersplus.com. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

How do you define your assets? When most people think about their assets, they consider it within the financial sphere that we all tend to focus on. The financial industry has put a great deal of emphasis on the importance of person wealth. They help you to ensure you are paying less in taxes and have more money for you and your family. And this is very important to many people, for good reason, as they want to be able to pass on something of value when they are gone. By why must that something just be financial? Our guest today is Jay Paterson, co-founder of Empowered Wealth. His organization helps to refocus people on those forgotten assets of experience, knowledge and stories that can be so valuable to the next generation. He joins us to discuss his organization’s unique approach and how it can change people’s perception of their own wealth.



 

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ENCORE: Is Canada’s Retirement Income Crisis A Myth?

Welcome to ENCORE, brought to you by Boomersplus.com. This weekly interview show focuses on the boomer community and the topics surrounding them. Each episode, host Costas Halavrezos is joined by an expert guest for an engaging and intellectual conversation on topics ranging from health care, to career plans, to news of the day. The show is presented by BoomersPlus, a service which matches employers with experienced professionals.

Is there a retirement income crisis in Canada? Many people believe the Canada Pension Plan should be expanded and mandatory contribution rates increased. But today’s guest, Philip Cross former Economic Analyst at Statistics Canada,disagrees. Cross says studies show the majority of Canadians are well served by both the pension services and their own actions. He joins us to discuss his views on why there is a perceived problem and how the government’s dealing of it is causing more harm than good.