I’m Nancy Collamer, a career consultant, speaker and author of Second-Act Careers: 50 Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. My passion is helping people find fun, fulfilling and flexible ways to profit from their passions during their semi-retirement years.
I was delighted to be interviewed recently by Dorian Mintzer of RevolutionizeRetirement.com. Dorian hosts monthly calls with experts on the topic of retirement transition and navigating the second half of life (learn more about these free monthly calls here).
I hope you’ll listen in to our conversation where we talk about:
Why so many boomers are choosing to work part-time after retirement
The four main categories of second-act careers
Examples of fun and unusual second-acts
Easy steps you can take to discover your own “what’s next”
I am beyond thrilled to announce the release of Design Your Second Act, an online course and toolkit for professionals who want to work on a flexible basis after retirement. The course pulls together many of the same resources, strategies and tools I use with my private clients (but at a tiny fraction of the cost). It’s designed to be self-study, so you can work on it whenever and wherever works best for you. Learn all about it here.
It’s not easy to find a high-quality flexible job in retirement. But there is one strategy that beats all others. That’s why I want to share this excerpt from a recent newsletter I received from my colleague Kathryn Sollmann of the website 9livesforwomen.com that explains what works best – and why:
“The best place to start looking is close to home at smaller, growing businesses filled with ex-corporate executives tired of bureaucratic red tape. Lots of big corporations are offering flexwork, too—but it’s much more widespread at smaller companies where nimble, innovative thinking and doing reigns. Smaller companies don’t always have the resources to hire traditional full-time employees (who require health benefits), and they need your help.”
So how best to find these elusive opportunities?
“It’s all a matter of networking—talk to everyone you know, see which companies belong to the Chamber of Commerce in area towns, ask around about former colleagues who may have started an entrepreneurial venture nearby, check out local members of professional and alumni associations, and spend hours (and hours) mining valuable connections on LinkedIn.”
Well-said Kathryn. I couldn’t agree more!
For additional tips on how to find a flex job and be a better networker, be sure to check out my list of 100+ Second-Act Career Resources, as well some of my other posts:
Happy New Year! Before diving into the year ahead, I thought you’d find it useful to review some of my favorite second-act career posts and interviews from 2017, culled from my columns on NextAvenue.org and USNews.com. Enjoy and please share with others who might find this helpful as well. Cheers to your success in 2018!
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Here are a few new reads from 2017 (and one from 2016) that make great gifts for the hard-to-buy boomers on your shopping list:
Design Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans is based on the author’s wildly popular Stamford University course that teaches students how to leverage design principles to create a more satisfying life and career. While the course is geared towards undergrads, their program is outstanding and equally useful for people of all ages.
How Do I Get There From Here?by Dr. George Schofield. This book is about much more than just working after retirement, and is chock-full of helpful insights that will help guide you as you navigate through the pitfalls and joys of this new life stage.
And finally, even though it’s been out for a few years, I’m always happy to recommend my own book, Second-Act Careersas a great gift for boomers looking to profit from their passions during semi-retirement.
One of my favorite free resources for keeping up with what’s going on in the world of retirement and careers is SmartBrief.com. Every day they send me an email with a curated list of links to the top five or six articles in my interest areas. It’s a super-convenient way to keep myself current on the latest second-act related trends, news and resources.
And it’s a terrific resource to research possible second-act careers.
Fortunately, SmartBrief offers newsletters on over 200 topics – some of which are appealing second-act career options. Interested in the food and wine world? Subscribe to the Food Business School SmartBrief. Thinking of starting a local retail business? Consider the Retail on Main Street SmartBrief. Thinking about a service to help the special education community? Sign-up for the SmartBrief on Special Education.
I was delighted to be a guest recently on the MacsList.com podcast to discuss how to create a second-act career. During the show I noted that many people find it daunting to plan for their second act career, and outlined three steps to help with the process:
Introspection — Think about what you want, and how you want to do it.
Idea Generation — Get out there, and research your options.
Experimentation — Try things out, to see what fits.
I was delighted to see this video on TODAY that highlights the growing interest in coding as a career.
While many people think of coding as the domain of male millennials, the demand for coders is so high that I think there’s good reason to consider it as a second-act career option – many coders work from home, salary potential is excellent and the demand for qualified workers far exceeds the supply.
Of course, like any career path, coding is not for everyone. It can be challenging to learn and there’s no denying that age discrimination will be a barrier at firms where the average age hovers below 35.
But for the right person, it can be a satisfying way to shift into a lucrative high-growth career path. If the video piques your interest, here are some follow-up posts to read:
I recently spent some time on Lynda.com, a site owned by LinkedIn that has over 5000 video tutorials on a wide range of business, technology and creative skills topics. Membership starts at $19.95 a month, but increasing numbers of public libraries (including mine!) provide access to Lynda’s courses for free. Or, you can take advantage of the 10-day free trial period if you want to test out the site before purchasing a membership.
Here are just a few of the titles that you might find intriguing:
Sell on Etsy (online e-tailer for crafty types)
Contracting for Creatives
Become an eBook Publisher
Find and Test Your Business Idea
Starting a Business
Setting Up Your Small Business as a Legal Entity
Check it out – It’s an incredible resource filled with wide-range of classes that can help jumpstart your second-act business.
Happy New Year! Over the holiday break I took some time to go through my posts from the various sites I write for (NextAvenue.org, Forbes.com, USNews.com, and of course, MyLifestyleCareer.com) selected 16 of my favorites, and compiled them into one mega-post.
Enjoy – and here’s to YOU launching a meaningful, fulfilling and fun second act in the year ahead. Together, let’s make 2017 your best year yet!
Posts to Help You Figure Out What You Want to Do
The 5 Key Questions to Find Meaningful Work In this NextAvenue.org post (in honor of my 20th anniversary as a career coach!) I shared five coaching questions for people eager to find more meaningful work. I hope you find them thought provoking and that they’ll encourage you to discuss them with family and friends
Why Do You Want to Work in Retirement? Beyond the paycheck, what do you hope to get out of working? It’s an important question to ponder. Because when you really understand what’s most important to you about working — both the financial rewards and intrinsic motivators like finding joy from helping others — it becomes far easier to zero in on satisfying options.
4 Easy Ways to Prepare for a Second-Act Career If you want to maximize your options for a meaningful second act, it’s important to plan ahead. Fortunately, there are some very simple and fun things you can do to get the process rolling – even while you’re still working full-time.
Tools For Your Transition
4 Ways to Take Classes on the Cheap The options for continuing education have never been better — or more affordable. In this NextAvenue.org post I highlight four ways to get the skills you need without paying a fortune.
The Caregiving Boom: Where the Jobs Are I’ve long maintained that one of the best places to look for second-act careers is in the aging space. As this NextAvenue.org post highlights, the opportunities in this industry are plentiful, diverse and increasing all the time.
How Your Hobbies Can Make You Money in Retirement The possibilities for monetizing your hobbies — both locally and online — have never been better. If you’re eager to turn your hobbies into retirement cash, this post highlights six winning strategies to consider.
6 Ways to Make Money From the Sharing Economy in Retirement The sharing economy – platforms and services that make it easy for you to rent out things you own and services you offer – opens up some interesting options for retirees looking to generate extra cash during their second act. And contrary to what you might think, the sharing economy is no longer limited to services like Uber and Airbnb.