Are you thinking the time has come to make a change, to get off the corporate treadmill and go to work doing something you love, with a chance to give back to the community? You’re not alone. An increasing number of workers in their 50s and 60s are eschewing the idea of retirement in favor of pursuing a career that offers them not just the lifestyle they want, but more in the way of community focus, too.
More than 4.5 million people between the ages of 50 and 70 are already working in such “encore careers,” according to a study by Encore.org and the researcher Penn Schoen Berland. Twenty one million more plan to follow a similar path.
For many, the ideal job involves flexibility, a way to leverage the work they’ve done during their professional lives so far, and the ability to work from home. Some people prefer to work largely on their own, while others want to be part of a formal organization. Fortunately, there are options for both.
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