Encore Careers

Encore careers are increasingly common among Americans age 50 and over. An estimated nine million boomers have found their second acts, and more than 30 million others say that they would like to make a career changes. If you are considering joining this movement, please find vetted resources below.

Informational Resources

  • AARP: Work & Retirement includes articles and resources addressing, finding a job, life at work, recareering, retirement planning and social security.
  • Next Avenue is a major new PBS system website designed to reach America's booming 50+ population as they plan for and literally define a new life stage.
  • includes fellowship info, research, policy, publications, videos, continuing education, and an online community.
  • Center on Aging and Work, Boston College includes research, publications and quick facts.
  • RetirementJobs offers career advice articles for people over 50 and job postings. It also identifies companies most-suited to older workers and matches them with active, productive, conscientious, mature adults seeking a job or project that matches their lifestyle.

Work & Volunteer Programs

  • ReServe is an innovative resource that matches continuing professionals 55+ with the nonprofits that need them.
  • Discovering What's Next inspires a new way of thinking about life and work after 50 through personal discovery, peer support, focused resources and dynamic programming. It is located in Newton, MA.
  • AARP Experience Corps enables Americans older than 55 years to participate in stipended and volunteer positions to tutor and mentor children in urban public schools in communities across the country.
  • SOAR 55 is a program of Newton Community Service Center, and part of a national network of volunteer agencies mobilizing adults age 55 and over to contribute their skills and experience to help strengthen and expand the capacity of local community service organizations in Newton and MetroWest. SOAR 55 provides a personalized and professional volunteer search through our links to 80 nonprofits and community service organizations to facilitate the best match to meet our volunteers’ interests, skills and schedule. Volunteer assignments include direct service, leadership and management consulting roles.
  • Generations Incorporated is a Boston nonprofit that engages active older adults in results-driven intergenerational programs that inspire students and improve schools. It operates an Experience Corps program in conjunction with local public schools.
  • Experience Works is the nation’s leading provider of training, employment, and community service for low-income older people.

Featured Webinar: Encore Career Strategies

What are the strategies for making a smooth transition to your next chapter?

Join panelists Linda Breton '67, Director, Affiliate Relations at ReServe, and Carol Greenfield, Founding Director of Discovering What's Next, to learn more in an interactive, online discussion moderated by Andrea Dine, director of the Hiatt Career Center. View the recorded program.