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What About An Encore Career?

The term encore career was made popular by Marc Freedman, the founder and CEO of Encore.org. Freedman is referring to "second acts for the greater good" - later-in-life employment in fields such as healthcare, education, and the environment. When I interviewed retirement-age men for my book Ready to Retire? a desire to do good with the time remaining was a frequent topic. Some of them were aware of American programs to help people find later-in-life careers that combine personal meaning and social impact, and they want Canada to step up. As one man said, "I wish there was more encouragement for encore careers in Canada, the way there is in the US. There's an interest from us seniors, but not from the folks who should be sponsoring it, like governments or educators." I explored this subject in an article for Huffington Post. Read it here.

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